Physiotherapy in New Zealand is a first contact profession, meaning that you can visit a physiotherapist without a medical referral. Because physiotherapists can see people with all manner of health problems, they require a lengthy and extensive training in diagnostic assessment as well as comprehensive approaches to treatment.
The scope of physiotherapists continues to grow. In New Zealand, about 60% of physiotherapists work privately treating acute sport and accidental injuries, chronic pain, back and neck problems. Many other physiotherapists work in the public health system, and you will find a physiotherapist working on most hospital wards and in many general practices. Physiotherapists specialise in some of these areas:
Last updated: 20-Oct-2015 3.10pm
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