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 definitions and metadata please refer to the data guide. For questions or feedback please contact info@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