Founded in 1951, the World Physiotherapy (formally know as World Confederation for Physical Therapy or WCPT) is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 350 000 physical therapists worldwide through its 112 member organisations. It operates as a non-profit organisation and is registered as a charity in the UK.
The APA is a member of the World Physiotherapy and has an extensive relationship with the World Physiotherapy through individual physiotherapists who sit on World Physiotherapy committees and other bodies.
The current list of Australian representatives on World Physiotherapy sub-groups are:
Sophie Heywood International Organisation of Aquatic Physical Therapy
Jenny Lucy International Acupuncture Association of Physical Therapists
Lynne Harrison International Association of Physical Therapists in Animal Practice
Kate Lawler International Association of Physical Therapists Working with Older People
Rod McLean International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists
Ellen Lake International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Mental Health
Maria Constantinou International Federation of Sports Physical Therapy
Melissa McConaghy International Neurological Physical Therapy Association
Cath Willis, Ella Cameron & Jason Crow International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Pelvic and Women’s Health
Libby Soderholm International Private Physical Therapy Association
Rose Boucaut International Federation of Physical Therapists working in Occupational Health & Ergonomics
TBA International Confederation of Cardiorespiratory Physical Therapists
Nikki Milne International Organisation of Physical Therapists in Paediatrics