Thailand: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Physical Therapy Association of Thailand 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: 2015

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Professional title
English title:
Physical therapist, Physiotherapy  (Protected by law)
National language titles:
  • นักกายภาพบำบัด  (Protected by law)
  • กภ.  (Protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
1,350          (as at 31 December 2016)
Female : Male ratio:
Not known
 
Entry level student organisation:
Unknown
Practising physical therapists
Number of practising physical therapists:
8,000        (Estimated)
Publications
Journals:
Thai Journal of Physical Therapy  (http://www.thaipt.org)
 
Events
CPD Events:
Special interest groups recognised by Thailand
Recognised special interest groups:
  • Cardiorespiratory physical therapy
  • Sports physical therapy
Collaborative arrangements (twinning)
No
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
16
Starting education level (minimum):
Upper secondary
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
 
Other entry level programmes
No
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 1997 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional degree programmes:
Bachelors degree,  Graduate diploma,  Masters degree,  Research doctorate
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Thailand
Recognised specialisation:
None
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:
No
Scope of practice defined by:
One or more independent regulation/licensing/registration authorities
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
Limitations:
No
 
Legislation to prevent private practice:
No
 
Physical Therapists are permitted to:
  • 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:
No
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:
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:
Yes
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country:
The Physical Therapy Council is a national body overlooks all the regulatory issues including licensing examination, continuing education. Renewal of licence is required every 5 years.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2013