WMPHPA is the fastest growing special interest group of the Australian Physiotherapy Association. The WMPH group represents the needs of our physiotherapy members by offering ongoing professional development and a career pathway for any Australian Physiotherapist who has an interest in furthering their knowledge in our special interest field. We strongly support research and clinical excellence and our vision is to improve health outcomes in our areas of clinical interest for all Australians.
Our treatment demographic incudes: women, men, children and the LGBTQI communities. Some of our areas of clinical interest include: continence, pelvic pain, pelvic girdle pain and other pregnancy-related musculoskeletal conditions, pelvic organ prolapse, erectile dysfunction, osteoporosis and safe exercise through life stages.
Bermuda Physiotherapy Association Women's Health Section
Recognised by their national physiotherapy association, the section was created in 2011 and welcomes new members with an interest in the specialty.
The Brazilian Association of Physical Therapy in Women's Health (ABRAFISM) is a civil, non-profit association, representative of physiotherapists working in women´s health in Brazil. It was created by physiotherapists from across the country gathered in assembly during the Brazilian Conference of Physiotherapy in Sao Paulo City on July 10th 2005. The meeting began with a presentation by Brenday Myers, Secretary General of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). On July 4th of 2007, the Brazilian Association of Physiotherapy in Women´s Health took a historic step, becoming the first association in Latin America to become a member of the International Organization of Physical Therapy in Women's Health (IOPTWH).
The Women’s Health Division (WHD) has almost 500 members from across Canada and internationally. The Women's Health Division unites Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) members who are interested in any and all aspects of women’s health. Our aim is to acquire and make available information and educational materials, and to encourage and develop the publication of research in the field.
Organización Chilena de Kinesiología en Salud de la Mujer
The Chilean Organization for Physical Therapy in Women´s Health (CHOPTWH) started with 8 members. Member may be an individual or a scientific society. CHOPTWH includes other Chilean physical therapy societies related with women's health e.g. Chilean Society of Physical Therapy in Pelviperineal Re-education, Chilean Society for Physical Therapy in Oncology, Society for Physical Therapy in Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery Society. We are waiting for other societies to apply to our organization to be a "society member".
Croatian Association of Physiotherapists in Women's Health
The Association was formed in 2010 and became a member of IOPTWH the following year. One of our goals is to educate physiotherapists in the area of women's health. Since 2010 we have organized courses about urinary incontinence, core stabilization, and exercise during pregnancy. Besides courses we have organized workshops: prenatal physiotherapists education of pregnant women, aerobic exercising during pregnancy, and urinary incontinence. On courses we cooperate with Slovenian coleagues.The group has also produced clinical guidelines and participated in research.
Danish Society of Urological, Gynaecological and Obstetrical Physiotherapy (DUGOF)
The Society is functionally connected to the Danish Society of Physiotherapy. The most important goal of DUGOF is to build an education based on evidence. We recommend our members to work using evidence based practice and an important part of our courses is to teach the participants to read and understand scientific articles. The group has also been involved in the production of national multidisciplinary guidelines.
The Assosication was formed in 1993 and became a member of IOPTWH in 2011. The group arranges courses within Finland.
Arbeitsgemeinschaft Gynäkologie, Geburtshilfe, Urologie und Proktologie des Berufsverbandes Physio Deutschland (AG-GGUP)
The AG-GGUP is a subgroup of the German Physiotherapy Association “Physio Deutschland”. The special interests of the AG GGUP are physical therapy for patients with pelvic floor disorders – involving female, male patients as well as children – and physical therapy for women with breast cancer. The objectives of the organisation are: to advance physical therapy practice by postgraduate courses; to encourage the exchange of information of physical therapists; to inform other health care providers about specialized physical therapy for pelvic floor disorders and breast cancer; and to foster information on pelvic floor disorders and specialized physical therapy among the public.
The objectives of the group are to: be a body that may be consulted in respect of physiotherapy practice in obstetrics and gynecology, such as incontinence, osteoporosis and constipation, and other aspects of women’s health (“the said Physiotherapy Practice” as endorsed by Mr. Jacky Lee); act in the professional interest of Hong Kong Physiotherapists working in the said Physiotherapy Practice; coordinate activities and organize continuing education, training and research in women’s health for its members; raise profile of physiotherapists working in women’s health area amongst the health care profession; and liaise with other related local and international associations and organizations.
The group is over 32 years old having been officially formed with the formation of the ISCP in 1983. At present there are approximately 190 members. The CPWHC are committed to promoting clinical excellence in our field. We aim to provide a forum for information and support for physiotherapists working in women’s health and continence throughout Ireland. We also aim to promote the role and importance of women’s health and continence physiotherapy within the multidisciplinary team and to provide a teaching forum which will facilitate access to evidence based theory and practice in Ireland.
The Israeli women's health physical therapy interest group was founded 25 years ago. We have a steering committee. Our vision is: "to promote knowledge and coordinate information on the topic of women’s health, among physical therapists in particular and the medical community in Israel at large". Our activities include courses (with local or external lecturers), fluent information distribution , professional meetings and yearly conference. We cover the topics of pre and post-natal care and pelvic floor physiotherapy – including all aspects. We have created a "frame work" document which is a useful guide for starting a pelvic floor physical therapy service (available on the website).
Kuwait Women’s Health Group of the Kuwaiti Physical Therapy Association
The group became a member of IOPTWH in 2015.
Dutch Association for Physical Therapy for Pelvic Floor Disorders and Pre- and Postnatal Healthcare (NVFB)
The NVFB was founded in 1981 as the Dutch association for pre-and postnatal care. In the late 1980’s the attention on pelvic floor disorders gained interest. Therefore the of the NVFB focus broadened to pelvic floor dysfunctions. Besides women, men and children are treated for complaints of peripartum pelvic pain, urogenital, anorectal and sexual dysfunctions. Members of the NVFB are registered pelvic physiotherapists. In order to be registered one has to attend educational courses, congresses, symposia etc.
Pelvic, Women's and Men's Health Special Interest Group (PWMH SIG)
PWMH SIG is a passionate group of physiotherapists, committed to providing specialised care to their clients in a diverse range of healthcare settings. SIG membership is increasing annually, indicating the international growth in this area of physiotherapy practice. The committee comprises members from across New Zealand with a wide range of clinical skills and practice environments from hospital, to private practice, community and birthing / postnatal facilities. An objective of PWMH SIG is to develop and maintain an advanced level of knowledge and clinical skills in the assessment and treatment of women’s and men's health clients within the scope of physiotherapy practice.
Nigerian Society of Physiotherapy in Women's Health
The group became a member of IOPTWH in 2011.
Women's Health Group of the Norwegian Physiotherapist Association
Norway was a founder member of IOPTWH.
The Portuguese Association of Physiotherapists in Women's Health was formed in 1983 and was a founder member of IOPTWH. Its mission is to educate and organize a group of physiotherapists capable of helping to change women´s health in Portugal.
Saudi Physical Therapists in Women's Health Interest Group (SPTWH)
SPTWH was formed in 2011, and became a member of IOPTWH the same year. Members are Saudi physical therapists who are specialized in different women`s health areas such as pelvic floor dysfunctions, lymphedema, women`s related musculoskeletal disorders, etc. SPTWH has members from other health care professions as well such as urogynecology. The group participated in a post-graduate pelvic floor dysfunction diploma which was the first women`s health advanced course held in Saudi Arabia. It plays a vital role contributing to global health events related to women`s health in Saudi Arabia.
The group operates within the framework of the Association of Physiotherapists of Slovenia. It has been an IOPTWH member since 1999. Section members are physiotherapists whose interest is to deepen their knowledge and skills in the field of women's health in connection with pregnancy, childbirth, and during postpartum period, and the care for women undergoing gynaecological surgery. We also make every endeavour to meet the needs of women suffering from osteoporosis, urinary incontinence, breast cancer, and the like, in whom the prevalence of these diseases is significantly higher than in men. Our concern is focused on women at all stages of life in terms of disease prevention, rapid recovery and rehabilitation.
Women's Health Physiotherapy Group of the South African Society of Physiotherapy (WHPG)
The WHPG aims to: keep members informed of changes and developments at national and international level; meet the needs of its members by offering courses covering a wide variety of topics in the fields of urology, urogynaecology, gynaecology and obstetrics; maintain internationally acceptable standards of practice; promote and increase the availability of Physiotherapy services to patients in the field of women’s health; improve the image of women’s health physiotherapists within the profession, to doctors, and healthcare providers as well as the public; promote the need for inclusion of this important field of Physiotherapy in undergraduate training at all our universities; and encourage and promote post graduate research.
The Swedish Association of Physical Therapists - Special Interest Group for Women´s Health (Fysioterapeuterna- Sektionen för kvinnors hälsa) was a founder member of IOPTWH. The special interest group is a forum for physical therapists interested in topics relating to women's health, such as back and pelvic disorders during pregnancy and incontinence problems. The group´s primarily aim is to increase knowledge in these areas, but also in areas such as pelvic floor dysfunction, stress, menopause, osteoporosis and lymphedema.
The Turkish Physiotherapy Association, Women's Health Physiotherapy Subgroup became an IOPTWH member in 2011. We have 16 charter members from 9 different universities in Turkey. We have one coordinator, one coordinator assistant and group secretary. The number of members of subgroup is about 35 now. We have organized meetings and one symposium with collaboration between charter members.
Pelvic, Obstetric & Gynaecological Physiotherap (POGP)
POGP (then called ACPWH) was a founder member of IOPTWH and is a professional network of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. The objectives of the group incorporate standards of practice, support for physiotherapists within the specialty, education, promotion of the role of physiotherapy, research, health education, and inter-professional collaboration.
United States of America
American Physical Therapy Association Section on Women's Health
The SOWH of the American Physical Therapy Association is a membership and educational resource for over 2,580 physical therapists treating patients across the life span, from the young athletes and childbearing women, to the peri-menopausal women and men with pelvic health complications. The Section offers its members networking opportunities, access to the research Journal on Women’s Health Physical Therapy, continuing education courses and lab training in women’s health instructed by leading women physical therapists.