MOVING PHYSIOTHERAPY FORWARD IN ZIMBABWE

The Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association is an autonomous professional body, which aspires to ensure the delivery of quality service to the general public of Zimbabwe by safeguarding the interests of the profession and its members, providing a basis for professional development while working in an open and equal partnership with other Health Professionals.

The ZPA is committed to active involvement in policy making in the Health sector in Zimbabwe.

The ZPA has a National Executive Committee, which comprises of the President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, and the Chairmen of the Branches and co-opted members with extensive ZPA experience.

The ZPA is a member of the World Confederation of Physical Therapy.

INTEREST GROUPS

Government Therapist

The Public Sector Physiotherapists are working on issues raised, trying to increase the profile of physios within the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare and lobbying for improved representation in many areas including the number of posts available in the provinces, the grading system and benefits of public service. Possible solutions for the low remuneration and consequent inaffordability of continuing education courses are the development of a fund raising committee specifically for this purpose, and if successful a further funding for ZPA products. The therapists are also seeking to improve professional behaviour within the sector.


Private Practice

Members are encouraged to ensure they are registered with AHFoZ (the Association of Healthcare Funders of Zimbabwe) as those not current will be deregistered. The group continues to work to ensure high standards of physio service delivery and to maintain the value of the fee structure as recommended by the ZPA. The group is also involved in a newly formed Medical and Allied Industry Workers Union which will liaise with the newly formed Medical and Allied Industry National Economic Council regarding the industry’s employees and workers.
Students Interest

The Students Interest group are motivated and active, with many participating in activities to mark the International Physiotherapy Day and visits to Bumhudzo Home in Chitungwiza and Jairos Jiri in Waterfalls.


Sports Interest

The Students Interest group are motivated and active, with many participating in activities to mark the International Physiotherapy Day and visits to Bumhudzo Home in Chitungwiza and Jairos Jiri in Waterfalls.