Papua New Guinea: a profile of the profession

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The data has been provided by Papua New Guinea 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 [email protected]

Reference year: 2019

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Summary report for Papua New Guinea
Professional name
Official names:
  • Physiotherapist  (Protected by law)
  • Dokta Bilong Eksesais  (Not protected by law)
Membership
Number of physical therapist members:
73
Female%
42%
 
Entry level student organisation:
Yes, represented by the WCPT member organisation
Practicing physical therapists
Number of practicing physical therapists:
72    (Estimated)
Female%:
38%
 
Support personnel part of workforce:
Yes
Publications
Journals:
None
Events
CPD Events:
Special interest groups recognised by Papua New Guinea
Recognised special interest groups:
Sports physical therapy
Physical therapist professional entry level education
Number of programmes:
1
Finishing education level (minimum):
Bachelors degree
Equivalent fulltime years:
4
 
Entry level programmes
  • Bachelors degree
Note: qualification levels are consistent with ISCED 2011 levels
Post professional degree programmes
Post professional programmes
None
Physical therapist specialisation recognised by Papua New Guinea
Recognised specialisation:
None
Practice
Scope of practice defined by:
Ministry of Health or another government department
Standards of practice:
Yes, the standards of the regulatory/licensing/registration authority
 
Education for autonomous practice:
Yes
 
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:
No
CPD* required for membership:
No
 
The system of regulation in the country/territory:
PNG Medical Act 1980.
* CPD - Continuing Professional Development

Other available reference years: 2018