According to the survey studies, there are still few physiotherapists practicing in Malaysia and the country needs Physiotherapists to fulfill the needs of the public especially in health care industry.With an average of 150 consultations per week, an average physiotherapist certainly presents itself as a very promising career for the future.
In Malaysia, the field is still rather relatively new and the most common problem is the shortage of staff. With 450 physiotherapists in the public sector and another 157 in the private sector, obviously there is a huge shortage of these professionals. As the country’s development picks up pace, it is estimated that Malaysia will need to produce more than 19-thousand physiotherapists by 2020 in order to be at par with the more developed countries.In view of this, the role taken by our institution is commendable and ought to be complimented, as this would ensure that our country would produce sufficient health workers, including physiotherapists.
Physiotherapy and its Scope:
As physiotherapists can treat a wide range of disorders, they are highly in demand today making Physiotherapy career very attractive. Hence, one can opt for various physiotherapy courses and also go for specializations such as Geriatrics, Sports Physiotherapy, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Neurology and Cardiopulmonary Physiotherapy.
The Physiotherapy career has many opportunities. Those in this type of career can practice in different places. Physiotherapists can practice their profession in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, schools, offices, factories, fitness centers, and sports clubs and even in the homes of patients. They can be employed by healthcare companies and they can likewise be self-employed professionals.
Currently there is a lot of demand for Physiotherapists in the USA, Canada and Australia. In Malaysia too, the demand is rapidly increasing. It is estimated that one Physiotherapist is required per 10,000 people. Moreover, the increasingly sedentary urban lifestyles and lack of exercise brings on a whole gamut or body aches and pains, which requires the assistance of specialized Physiotherapists.
The growing awareness of the role of Physiotherapy can play in enabling the physically challenged people to lead productive lives has also increased the demand for trained professionals. Physiotherapists may find work in various places such as follows:-
- • Centers for physically and mentally challenged people
- • Community health centers
- • Industries
- • Government hospitals
- • Mental health centers
- • Nursing homes or private care centers
- • Private and public hospitals
- • Private practices
- • Rehabilitation centers
- • Sports clinics and fitness centers
- • Universities and Colleges
Physiotherapists may also find work as specialist researchers, advisers or consultants with research centers or in private industry. More experienced and qualified practitioners later find employment opportunities in administration and management, or as Directors of major research projects and facilities. With increased emphasis on sports and fitness and with greater awareness of Occupational health and safety, aged care, and the needs of disabled people, further opportunities will also continue to emerge for people with training in Physiotherapy to contribute to community education programs. Teaching jobs in Physiotherapy are quite excellent in Malaysia. After completing Bachelors Degree in Physiotherapy one may join any College/University as a Lecturer, then Assistant Professor after three years of teaching experience and then higher posts as per the experience.
Article by Mr Vamsi Chaitanya Tammavarapu.
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