The Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) is trying hard to get the physiotherapy council bill passed in the forthcoming monsoon session. The bill proposes widening the definition of physiotherapy, changing the name of the council, segregation of occupational therapists from the definition and having a higher pay scale and cadre.
IN CHHATTISGARH RAIPUR PAST 18 DAYS PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS & PHYSIOTHERAPY DOCTORS ARE HUNGER STRICK THEY ARE DEMANDING GOVERMENT OF CHHATTISGARH CREAT CHHATTISGARH PHYSIOTHERAP COUNCIL EARLY AS POSIBLE
In Nigeria, Physiotherapy training is a 5 year Bachelor of Physiotherapy (BPhysio) or Bachelor of Medical Rehabilitation (BMR) degree programmes. A 1-year clinical intership program under the supervision of senior and experienced clinician physiotherapists is required upon graduation from an accredited University before the new graduate can be licenced to practice as a physiotherapist. The first training program in Nigeria was started at the University of Ibadan in 1966, followed by the University of Lagos in 1971. A training program was also started at the University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) in 1978, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus in 1987, Bayero University, Kano in 1989, University of Maiduguri,Maiduguri in 2003. Other training programs are also available at University of Maiduguri and the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Nnewi. Advanced Masters and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in Physiotherapy (MSc Physio and PhD) are available at the University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Obafemi Awolowo University and the University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus. Presently, the Nigeria Society of Physiotherapy (Professional body representing Nigerian physiotherapists) and the Medical Rehabilitation Therapists (Registration) Board (the Government body that regulates the training and practice of rehabilitation therapy professionals in Nigeria) are making plans to transit the Nigerian entry level Bachelors programs to entry level Doctorate programs.