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Network News - Volume 2, Number 4

In This Issue:

Visit our new website!

We’re really excited about the layout and additional content on the new INPTRA website. Visit us - our members have provided a number of regulatory links and documents for your use. We invite you to provide information from your country regarding physiotherapy regulation that we can post on the website.

The website includes a number of useful pages:

  • Home – Find links to webcasts since 2013
  • About INPTRA – Our purpose, regulatory guiding principles and types of members
  • News - Review current and past INPTRA Network News
  • Events – Find the presentations from the INPTRA 2015 Conference, previous conferences and webinars back to 2009
  • Regulatory Resources - Here is the place to look for articles, INPTRA’s Regulatory Guiding Principles, Regulatory Agencies, Regulation Around the Globe (how regulators deal with various regulatory issues) and Useful Links
  • INPTRA Membership – Support INPTRA by becoming a member!

Would you like to share your country’s regulatory news?

We would be pleased to include news about healthcare regulation in your country in this quarterly newsletter.

Please send a short article or a link to a news article to

Webcast: Scope of Practice Part 2

One of the most significant differences in physiotherapy regulatory models around the globe is the identification of specific scope of practice.

In some models, scope of practice is clearly delineated and outlined within the written regulations. In other models, the title and term are protected but there is not a specified scope of practice.

The intent of this webinar was to compare and contrast various forms of these models. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each? How do they work in terms of protecting the public?

Representatives from Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States will share their perspectives and experiences. This webcast is a follow-up webcast (Part 2) to our previous webcast in September where we had speakers from Australia and New Zealand.

Find the webcast here.

Australia: AHPRA Annual Report - Establishing a shared set of regulatory principles

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) 2014-2015 annual report has been posted. Here is some background information on the Annual Report.

“In July 2014 the National Boards and AHPRA launched refreshed regulatory principles that underpin our work in regulating Australia’s health practitioners, in the public interest. The principles encourage a responsive, risk-based approach to regulation across all professions within the National Scheme.

“We invited feedback on the principles in a formal consultation, which included surveying members of the public and practitioners, as well as board and committee members, and AHPRA staff.

“The response to the surveys was overwhelming, with more than 800 members of the public providing feedback to the online survey, in addition to more than 140 board/committee members and AHPRA staff members. The vast majority of respondents supported the principles. In the coming year we will continue to work to embed the regulatory principles in all that we do.

“The regulatory principles are set out in Appendix 1 of the Annual Report.”

They “... shape our thinking about regulatory decision-making and have been designed to encourage a responsive, risk-based approach to regulation across all professions.”

Middle East: Telemedicine in the Middle East, the time is now

On September 2, 2015, Natasha D’Souza reported on, “In 2001, a team of French and American physicians in New York made history by remotely conducting surgery on a patient in Strasbourg, France, relying on broadband transmission and a surgical robot named Zeus.

“This landmark trans-oceanic operation, referred to as the Lindbergh operation, catapulted telemedicine from the realm of science-fiction into reality.

“According to the American Telemedicine Association, telemedicine constitutes the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient’s clinical health status.

“Often interchangeably referred to as telehealth, the practice includes a growing variety of applications and services using two-way video, email, smart phones, wearable devices, wireless tools and other forms of telecommunications technology. “

View article.

United Kingdom: Preventing Small Problems from Becoming Big Problems

This research report is about engagement and disengagement and its implications for our understanding of the competence of health and care professionals.

It combines two pieces of work on competency and disengagement:

  • A literature review by Professor Zubin Austin of the University of Toronto
  • An empirical study of engagement and disengagement by Carol Christensen-Moore and Joan Walsh at the Picker Institute Europe.

Both pieces of work provide new insights into the triggers of disengagement and the ways in which preventive action might be implemented.

View article.

United States: Physical Therapy Licensure Compact

With 322 million citizens, the United States relies on the states to regulate healthcare professions. Requirements for licensure are generally similar from state to state but scope of practice (regulations that define what physiotherapists can do) differ from state to state.

The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact project will allow physiotherapists licensed and living in one state to practice in another state without obtaining a license in the other state. Improved mobility of physiotherapists is one way to address patient care needs in a more effective manner.

The first meeting of interested state legislators is scheduled for January 2016.

View more information.

2016 Goals Posted

The board of directors approved the 2016 goals at their December meeting. The goals fall under the following Areas of Focus.

  • Education
  • Research and Resource Repository
  • Build the Membership Base and Retain Existing Membership
  • Organization and Financial Solvency
  • Leadership

View the 2016 INPTRA Goals.

INPTRA Regulatory Guiding Principles

These principles on physiotherapy regulation have been developed to provide guidance both to already-established regulatory authorities and, in particular, to those countries where physiotherapy regulation is developing or has not yet been developed. This version is based on feedback from attendees of the INPTRA 2015 conference in Singapore. The principles provide specific areas that should be addressed in a regulatory model for physiotherapy.

While not all the principles may be feasible at the current time within a particular jurisdiction, they should provide guidance for future change.

The principles also provide the foundation for the collection of data, evidence and resources related to each of the principles.

View the Regulatory Guiding Principles.

INPTRA Board of Directors Report

The board of directors approved the following motions at their December 4, 2015 meeting.

To approve the August 7, 2015 minutes.

To approve the 2016 budget.

To approve the 2016 Goals.

To revise the previously adopted motion INPTRA 15-08-02 and meet in conjunction with 2017 WCPT conference in South Africa rather than the CLEAR meeting. (Motion adopted unanimously)
Rationale: The timing of the CLEAR meeting, December 2017, would preclude the US member from participating as December is when FSBPT’s board approves its budget for the next calendar year.

Mark Your Calendar: INPTRA 2017 Forum

INPTRA will host physiotherapy regulators at its INPTRA 2017 Forum in conjunction with the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) Congress 2-4 July 2017. WCPT’s Congress 2017 is being held at the Cape Town International Convention Center (CTICC) in Cape Town, South Africa.

Although meeting dates have not yet been confirmed, INPTRA generally meets for two days prior to the start of the WCPT Congress in order to provide attendees with useful physiotherapy regulatory information. Stay tuned.

Do we have your regulatory information?

Check your information - click Agencies under Regulatory Resources on the INPTRA website to view country information.

  • Have we included your country?
  • Is your country’s regulatory agency information correct?
  • Is some information missing?

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Submit your country’s regulatory profile

If you would like to submit a profile of your country's physiotherapy regulation, please send the following information (in English and MS Word, please) to

  • Country: The name of your country.
  • Point of Contact: Your name, position and email address. This is for INPTRA's information only and will not be posted on the website.
  • Regulatory Model: Provide a brief one-paragraph summary.
  • Website: The website of the organization that represents physiotherapy regulators in your country.


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