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Physiotherapist

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A physiotherapists is equipped with the knowledge and skills to identify an individual patient’s functioning needs and improve a broad range of physical problems associated with different systems of the body. Their goal is to improve a person’s quality of life by using a variety of treatments to lessen pain  and  restore bodily function or, in the case of permanent injury or disease, to lessen the effects of any dysfunction.

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Market Demand

According to the Malaysian Physiotherapist Association (MPA) the average ratio of physiotherapists to the country’s population was 1:27,000 compared with 1:14,000 for developed countries and 1:500,000 for under developed countries. By 2020,there would be about 19,000 physiotherapists in the country when the estimated population would be 30 million, giving a ratio of 1:1,700. As such, there IS a reason to revisit the targets as there is an oversupply of physiotherapists only having diplomas.

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Education

Although the minimum requirement to become a physiotherapist is a diploma, the Malaysian Physiotherapist Association (MPA) has stressed that the country has an oversupply of physiotherapist with diploma qualification. In order to be successful in the job market, it is recommended that one needs to have at least a bachelor’s degree in an accredited physiotherapy programme as well as further their studies into various specialties including academia. Among the benefits of a higher education qualification is that one will have plenty of career options after graduation.

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