Zambia: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Zambia Society of Physiotherapy 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 Zambia
Summary report
Professional name
English name:
Physiotherapy  (Protected by law)
National language names:
  • physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
  • Physiotherapy  (Protected by law)
  • Physiotherapy Technologist  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
79
Female%
Not available
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
700    (Estimated)
Female%:
53%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Publications
Events
CPD Events:
None
Special interest groups recognised by Zambia
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Health promotion (includes non-communicable/chronic disease management, physical activity)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Neurology
  • Orthopaedics/manual therapy
  • Older people
  • Paediatrics
  • Sports physical therapy
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
Association of Danish Physiotherapists
Support in capacity building.
 
American Physical Therapy Association
Journal provision
 
Chartered Society of Physiotherapy
Journal provision
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
2
Starting education level (minimum):
Secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
5
Other entry level programmes
Starting education level
Finishing education level(s)
Secondary
Diploma,  Bachelors degree,  Graduate diploma
Upper Secondary
Diploma,  Bachelors degree,  Graduate diploma
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
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Zambia
Recognised specialisation:
Orthopaedics/manual therapy
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
A partnership between a regulation/licensing/registration body and the WCPT member organisation
Standards of practice:
Yes, more than one
Code of conduct:
Yes, more than one
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
Limitations:
No
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • Act as first contact/autonomous practitioners
  • Assess patients/clients
  • Make a diagnosis
  • Treat (interventions, advice and evaluation of outcome)
  • Refer to other specialists/services
  • Offer preventative advice/services
 
Direct access* permitted:
Yes
Can people self refer to physical therapists in private practice:
Yes
Will this be reimbursed:
In part
 
Can people self refer to physical therapists in the public system:
Yes
Limitations:
Yes
* 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:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
Yes
 
The system of regulation in the country:
All physical therapists are required to be registered as a health practitioner in accordance with the provisions of the Health Professions Act No. 24 of 2009 of the Laws of Zambia. http://www.hpcz.org.zm/registration.html
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development