World Physiotherapy

Cochrane Free online event


Cochrane Free online event

Cochrane Rehabilitation 5th Anniversary

5th Anniversary: the five years of Cochrane Rehabilitation

The banner of the fifth anniversary of Cochrane Rehabilitation

Click here to register for the event!

Cochrane Rehabilitation is approaching its fifth anniversary. Much has been accomplished and new challenges are awaiting us in the future.

To celebrate our anniversary, we have decided to organize a free totally onlineevent that will cover three days: the 13th14th, and 16th of December 2021.

December 13-14, 2021

This meeting will cover two days with different time zones, to allow those living in different areas of the world to be able to attend. The event is focused on walking through what has been done over the past five years by Cochrane Rehabilitation, through a conversation with those who have collaborated, are collaborating, or are an active part of our organization. It will be structured around a series of interviews with prominent speakers on a diversity of important topics. Young and knowledgeable faces from the Cochrane Rehabilitation family will conduct the interviews. There will be dedicated Q&A time to engage with the various speakers.

December 16, 2021

The second part of the event is focused on the future of Cochrane Rehabilitation. The aim is to collect information, insights, and suggestions from and with participants to outline what Cochrane Rehabilitation could be and do in the next five years. After an introduction, the core of the event consists of six different workshops, taking place simultaneously, focusing on specific topics important for the world of rehabilitation. In these sessions, you can participate actively. There will be some facilitators to moderate the discussion and a rapporteur who will report what has been discussed in a plenary session, followed by a conclusion of the event. In the registration form, you can give two preferences in order to reserve your place in your favorite workshop!

You can see the programme here.

Click here to download the brochure.

Here is the link to the event registration form.

Australian physiotherapists step up to hire refugees


Australian physiotherapists step up to hire refugees

Australian physiotherapists step up to hire refugees

8 Nov, 2021 Written By Jessie Mawson

In response to the crisis in Afghanistan, the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC) and Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) are partnering with TBB to launch Physios for Refugees – which aims to facilitate local jobs for Afghan physiotherapists who are in urgent need of a pathway to safety.

Having a job offer in Australia, and an employer willing to sponsor them, will enable Afghan and other refugee physiotherapists and their families to travel to Australia on skilled visas (a much faster and more certain route than waiting for a place through the oversubscribed humanitarian program).

The process for employers interested in participating in this project:

1) Email Talent Beyond Boundaries to request a copy of our physiotherapist candidate list

If you are an Australian employer interested in hiring a physiotherapist through this project, please email Louna Ghawi from Refugee Talent (TBB’s recruitment partner is Australia) stating your full name, and your business ABN.

Louna will send you a copy of the candidate list (candidates will be de-identified, for security reasons) and schedule a briefing to discuss the hiring process.

Note: If you are an employer outside of Australia, you too can hire refugees from our pool of forcibly displaced physiotherapists. Simply fill out our Request to Hire form and we’ll be in touch.

2) Conduct job interviews

Working with Refugee Talent, TBB will support you through the remote recruitment process. This includes facilitating video link interviews and any other validation/testing employers require.

3) Issue job offer

If the candidate is a good fit, you issue a job offer and contracts are signed. The job offer must:

  • Meet Australia’s National Employment Standards;
  • Be a full-time employment contract for at least two years with the possibility of renewal;
  • Offer at least a base salary $53,900 or market salary, whichever is greater.

4) Apply for visa

Engage a migration agent to assist with the visa application process (TBB can recommend a suitable practitioner if necessary). TBB will issue an endorsement for you to access the Government’s Skilled Refugee Labour Agreement Pilot Program.

5) Settlement planning

TBB will help you prepare for the arrival of your new recruit, including engaging the relevant settlement services in your area.

6) Post-arrival support

TBB and Refugee Talent will provide ongoing support via regular check-ins with your new recruit and their direct manager for 12 months post-arrival.

Accreditation in Australia

The candidates shortlisted for this program are qualified and experienced, but they may not be able to practice as physiotherapists in Australia straight away. They will need to go through a process to have their qualifications recognised and apply for registration with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra).

Therefore, we’re seeking employers who are willing to bring physiotherapists to Australia in roles such as:

  • Aged & Disability Carer
  • Personal Care Assistant
  • Therapy Aid

Once in Australia candidates can apply to the APC to progress through the assessment process. The APC will provide support through the process for these new recruits.

Timelines for relocation

For physiotherapists still situated within Afghanistan, the situation is precarious. It may not be safe for them to exit the country for some time. For this reason, we’re asking employers to make candidates a ‘standing offer’, and be patient while the candidate, along with TBB and our partners, determine when/how relocation is possible.

For physiotherapists living displaced outside Afghanistan, the situation is more straightforward. In most cases, these candidates and their families could be in Australia as soon as 8-12 weeks after their visa application is lodged.


The overall cost of hiring a displaced physiotherapist from overseas is comparable with that of any normal international hire. To participate in this program, employers must be willing to cover the below costs:

  • Visa-related costs
    Visa charges for the candidate (and their spouse and children, if applicable); the Skilling Australians Fund levy; migration agent fees, etc
  • Relocation costs
    Contribution to flights for the candidate (and their spouse and children, if applicable); temporary accommodation upon arrival, local settlement support (if required), etc

The above costs are highly variable depending on the size and circumstances of your chosen candidate and their family. Read more about costs and timelines here.

Note: Neither TBB nor Refugee Talent charge a fee for our services.


I already know a refugee physiotherapist that I want to bring to Australia. Can you help me?

Maybe. This depends on the candidate’s individual circumstances. As a first step, direct any displaced person seeking international employment to register on TBB’s Talent Catalog. Then complete TBB’s Request to Hire form and we’ll contact you to discuss.

Will candidates be able to complete the NDIS Worker Screening Check?

If a NDIS Worker Screening Check is required you will need to assist the candidate to obtain this check. TBB can help the candidate gather the necessary visa and identity documents.

Can I employ refugee physiotherapists from countries other than Afghanistan?

Yes! TBB is also working with displaced physiotherapists from other countries – Syrians, Iraqis, and Palestinians – and would be delighted to share these candidates with employers for consideration.

Won’t Covid-19 travel restrictions prevent people from entering Australia?

Candidates coming to Australia on permanent visas through the Skilled Refugee Labour Agreement Pilot program are treated like any other Australian permanent resident and are able to enter the country without a travel exemption.

For more information:

Contact Sathya Gnarakaran, TBB’s ANZ Director.

World Physiotherapy- Call for Network Facilitators


World Physiotherapy- Call for Network Facilitators

Future Network – a network for physiotherapist students and early career professionals

Call for Network Facilitators

Are you passionate about physiotherapy, interested in making a difference by representing your region, and connecting with the global physiotherapy community?

If you are a student or early career physiotherapist with energy and enthusiasm to engage with others, World Physiotherapy Future has an exciting and rewarding opportunity for you as a network facilitator.

As a network facilitator, you will have a chance to:

  • represent your region on the world stage
  • contribute to discussions in the profession
  • help amplify the voice of physiotherapy students and early career professionals
  • create engaging social media
  • develop your career and contacts with the global physiotherapy profession. World Physiotherapy Future is seeking facilitators from the following WorldPhysiotherapy regions:
  • Africa: 2 Facilitators
  • Asia Western Pacific: 1 Facilitator
  • Europe: 1 Facilitator
  • North America Caribbean: 1 Facilitators

The Future Network is for physiotherapy students and early career professionals. The aim of the network is to engage physiotherapist students and early career professionals with World Physiotherapy and their member organisations, encouraging, promoting and facilitating the interchange of ideas and activities of common interest.


All World Physiotherapy member organisations within the Africa, Asia Western Pacific, Europe and North America Caribbean regions and World Physiotherapy social media channels.

We are seeking recommendations for individuals from World Physiotherapy member organisations and applications from individuals who need to have the support of their World Physiotherapy member organisation.


Recommend/support individuals who could take on a leadership role within the network. More than one recommendation is welcomed from any organisation and World Physiotherapy will appoint from among the recommendations/applications.


Complete the online survey; Responses are required by 29 January 2021.

Informal enquiries:

Please contact Rachael Thomson at World Physiotherapy rthomson@world.physiopage2image23258880page2image23256384

Network facilitator

Job description:

  •   support the network by contacting and engaging with student physiotherapists and early career professionals in their region
  •   serve for a period of 2 years, renewable for one further period of 2 years (ie no more than 4 years in total)
  •   be an active contributor on World Physiotherapy Future’s social media platforms
  •   be available to contribute to regular teleconferencesPerson specification:
    •   physiotherapy student or early career professional (see definitions below)
    •   active, effective and professional engagement with their World Physiotherapy memberorganisation, where eligible for membership
    •   good connections and engagement with other physiotherapy students and early careerprofessionals
    •   active and effective communicator on social media platforms, specifically Facebook,Twitter and/or Instagram
    •   track record of delivering projects on time and gaining the support of others
  • DefinitionsStudentStudents enrolled on a physiotherapy professional entry level programme:
      • who, where eligible, are members of World Physiotherapy member organisation as a student member; and/or
      • who are eligible to join the national World Physiotherapy member organisation once qualified
  • Early career professional
  • Early career physiotherapist with less than 6 years’ experience and a member of a national World Physiotherapy member organisation.
  • Find more information on the Future Network:Website: Facebook: Twitter:

Press release: Key speakers for WCPT Congress 2021 announced


Press release: Key speakers for WCPT Congress 2021 announced

Key speakers for WCPT Congress 2021 announced

WCPT is pleased to announce the opinion leaders and innovators in physical therapy who will present the key sessions at the world’s largest gathering of the profession – the WCPT Congress, to be held in Dubai, 8 – 10 April 2021.

The congress programme includes 12 confirmed focused symposia featuring 55 speakers from around the world.  Focused symposia are core sessions where cutting edge relevant topics will be explored from an international and diverse perspective. High profile speakers will create insightful and engaging learning experiences that ultimately inform, inspire, involve and empower delegates. Details of the newly announced symposia, including speakers, are provided in the attached sheets.

« We were incredibly pleased with the breadth and quality of the many proposals we received. The focused symposia to be presented in Dubai combine truly global perspectives with content that we believe represents professional challenges that physiotherapists around the world are facing today. The topics cover a range of timely topics, such as pain management, services for refugees and migrants, health economics, and the role of technology, and are relevant to clinicians, managers, educators and researchers, » said Shane Patman, Chair of WCPT’s congress programme committee (CPC), which has responsibility for putting together the programme for the WCPT Congress 2021.

« Focused symposia are a great opportunity to hear from world-renowned speakers that are experts in their area and gain a unique global understanding and insight into a particular field.

« The CPC is excited to announce the first confirmed programming for the WCPT Congress 2021 and is looking forward to developing it further with relevant and innovative content. »

Each focused symposium is organised by a recognised expert in the field, who leads an international group of speakers working together and engaging with the audience to draw out the relevance, challenges, applicability and take-home messages.

Further details about the focused symposia for the WCPT Congress 2021 can be found at:

Please contact Mia Lockner if you have any specific queries:

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