Hong Kong: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association and to the extent possible are a true reflection of the situation in the country, however not all figures are authoritative and should be interpreted accordingly. For questions or feedback please contact countryprofile@wcpt.org

Reference year: 2018

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Summary report for Hong Kong
Professional name
English name:
Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
National language names:
  • 物理治疗师  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
1,064
Female%
56%
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
3,198    (Authoritative*)
Female%:
Not available
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Note: *this data has come from a registration authority, a government source or statistical agency.
Publications
Journals:
Events
Special interest groups recognised by Hong Kong
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Acupuncture
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Electrophysical agents
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Occupational health and ergonomics
  • Older people
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
  • Womens health
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
Australian Physiotherapy Association
Signed the Memorandum of Understanding on 31 Oct 2014.
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
2
Starting education level (minimum):
Upper secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
Other entry level programmes
Starting education level
Finishing education level(s)
Secondary
None
Upper Secondary
Bachelors degree
Diploma
Bachelors degree
Bachelors degree
Masters degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Masters degree,  Professional doctorate,  Research doctorate
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Hong Kong
Recognised specialisation:
Orthopaedics/manual therapy
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
Code of conduct:
Yes, the code of conduct of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes - No direct access is allowed based on the legislation.
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
No
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
No
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
No
Limitations:
No
* Direct access - a person can refer themselves to a physical therapist without referral from another health professional
Regulation
Registration required to practice:
Yes
CPD* required for re-registration:
No
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
Physiotherapists' Board Hong Kong http://www.smp-council.org.hk/pt/en/intro.php
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013  2015  2017