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The IPPTA Meeting Cycle

The IPPTA hold a meeting every year to encourage member organisations to interact with each other.

The AGM is held every four years as part of the WCPT Congress. Between AGMs there are two Regional meetings and a General meeting.


The next General Meeting will be held in Cape Town on June 29th -30th 2017



It was great to welcome all the representatives of the IPPTA member organisations (MOR’s) in Cape Town in the beginning of July 2017.  As always it was so nice to catch up with some old IPPTA friends and to welcome and meet new IPPTA friends. I trust that you all had a very good time in South Africa, whether you stayed just for the IPPTA meeting, attended the WCPT congress as well or made some time for some travelling in South Africa.  Please share your experiences with everyone on the IPPTA Facebook page.  Warning the weather that you experienced in Cape Town was not the norm for winter in Cape Town, July is usually much wetter and colder!    

Thanks to all the MOR’s who made the effort to attend the business meeting and/or the general meeting.  Without the active participation of the members IPPTA would not be relevant in a changing global health environment.

Our generous sponsors, PhysioTools, M2M, Blue Zinc and Sport Asia must receive a standing ovation. Without the assistance of our commercial partners, meetings like this would be more expensive. Please support and promote our commercial partners in your organisation. 

PhysioFocus from South Africa really did us proud with the choice of the venue the organisation of the meeting, their generous sponsorship and last but not least the party night at Shimi beach bar with African drumming and dancing.  Nice to see that physio’s and their partners can dance like youngsters……….  But what happens at the IPPTA parties, stays at the IPPTA parties. 

The IPPTA dinner was held on Thursday night at the Two Oceans Aquarium.  No fishing was allowed, the venue was spectacular and great for catching up with old and new friends. 

One major decision that was made by the executive committee was to build a new web site. This is in progress now and is hoped to be operational by the end of October. Look out for information on the launch from the secretary and on the Facebook page.

The business meeting on Friday 30th June and Saturday morning 1st July was well attended with only 4 of our MOR’s not attending.  The aim of the business meeting is to share information of mutual interest, to learn from each other and to network with likeminded individuals.  The executive gave a couple of topics of mutual interest to all the MO’s to address in their presentations.  This was well received and the majority of MOR’s did just that.  Last year we started a fun competition for the best presentation and it was won this year by Olivier from France. The MO presentations will be loaded onto the new website, under the member’s only section.  I am sure that everyone learned something new about another country or topic that they can use in their own organisation.  As announced at the meeting the executive committee will, during the course of the next 12 months, send some topics to all MOR’s.  These topics will be used in active discussion sessions at our next meeting in 2018.  All are encourage to embrace these topics and discuss them in your organisation in the upcoming months.  The input that you bring to the meeting in 2018 should be from your organisation and not just individual opinions.     

The constitutional changes that were passed at the 2017 general meeting will aid in the smooth, uncomplicated nomination and election of the executive committee in the future.  The same can be said about the changes in the membership categories and requirements.  I am proud to say that the membership of IPPTA now stands at 19 with the acceptance of Poland and Malta as new members by the 2017 GM.  Welcome to both these countries, may your membership of IPPTA be of great value to your organisation and to the rest of IPPTA.    

Wilma Erasmus

IPPTA Chairman

Chairman's Report for the General Meeting Singapore - May 2015


The meeting in Singapore on May 2015 was a great success. Fourteen of the seventeen member countries attended the general meeting.  The meetings are never boring  and are active with good member participation.  Some of the driving forces behind the successful meetings are the fact that Member Organisation Representatives (MOR’s ) are getting to know each other. That is due to the fact that we are having annual meetings and relationships are being formed between MOR’s

One of the executive committee’s main objectives for this meeting was to use it as a recruitment drive to engage with potential new member organisations and to promote IPPTA among WCPT member countries.  During the 2 day WCPT General meeting Scott Thomson ,outgoing chairman of IPPTA, and I approached over 15 delegates from different countries  telling them about the association and what we do and can do for them.  There was good  interest and promising contacts were made.

Four main facts came to light from these discussions;

  • In several countries there is a big group of private physical therapists but they are not organized into a separate private subgroup of their main mother organisation and they lack the knowledge of how to form such a subgroup
  • Private Practice is not allowed in some countries like Japan      
  • In other countries the number of private physiotherapists are so small that they cannot form a subgroup
  • The main organisation is formed out of private practitioners  

A recruitment dinner with delegates from three countries (Singapore, Indonesia and Mauritius) was held.  Two other countries that showed interest in becoming members (Jamaica and Namibia) could unfortunately not attend the dinner. 

A dedicated member of the executive committee will follow up with the contacts made in Singapore to encourage them and help them to become members of IPPTA. As a first step in helping these potential member countries to set up their subgroup, a  template constitution will be drafted. This will be one step to helping them to form a private subgroup of their main organisation to enable them to become members of IPPTA.

At the IPPTA business meeting the final data collection set was presented to the membership.  IPPTA would like to thank Eric Lewis for his dedication and enthusiasm as the main driver of this project. Due to his meticulous attention to detail we can be proud of the outcome of this project.  The full data set is available on the IPPTA website and has already been given to WCPT.  It is envisage that there will a yearly update of the current statistics.

As always the business meeting was very active and the presentations of the member organisations were of a very  high standard.  In the words of Scott Thomson outgoing IPPTA chairman “It was a wonderfully positive meeting and I truly felt the delegates are now very engaged with the organisation and understand what the IPPTA is trying to achieve.” 

It was sad to say goodbye to three members of the Executive Committee Scott Thomson (Chairman), Sally Roberts (Treasurer) and Rudiger V Esebeck (Vice Chairman).  They have all served twelve years on the executive committee of IPPTA.  In their term of office they provided structure, solid strategic objectives and guidance for IPPTA, and that was done with passion, enthusiasm and dedication.  They have left a legacy behind for those that are following.  The saying that success is not dependant on the current harvest but on the seeds that have been produced, is true for Scott, Sally and Rudiger.  The new committee will have to look after the seeds sown and ensure that a good harvest yield comes from it.

The new Executive Committee that was elected at the meeting is:

MO Rep:  Marc Chevalier (Switzerland) MO rep. 

Treasure:  Tim Nemeth (Belgium)

Secretary: Margaret Revie (UK)

Vice Chairman:   Denis Kelly (NZ)

Chairman:  Wilma Erasmus (SA)

As new chairman I do not believe in the saying that the new committee have big shoes to fill, we cannot stand in others shoes, they will not fit.  We will have our own shoes and have to stand tall in them.  We can also not follow in the footsteps of our predecessors; that will take us backwards not forwards.  The path ahead has not been traveled yet but a solid map and plan has been laid down.  The new committee has the passion, dedication and expertise to, with the help of the Memebr Organisation, make IPPTA even more successful and relevant to international private physical therapy practice in the coming four years.

Looking forward to our next meeting in Glasgow on 7 -8 July 2016.

Wilma Erasmus MSc PT

IPPTA Chairman




Regional Meeting Auckland, New Zealand

Chairman’s Report

Date:    10th October 2014

It was with much pleasure that as Chairman of the IPPTA I hosted the Regional Meeting in my home country New Zealand from the 18th-21st September 2014. Eighteen delegates representing nine IPPTA Member Organisations attended the meeting.

The IPPTA Regional Meeting was held alongside the Physiotherapy New Zealand (PNZ) biannual conference at the Langham Hotel in central Auckland. PNZ provided the IPPTA with facilities to host our meeting and assisted financially with the hosting of the event. The ability for IPPTA delegates to attend a number of PNZ speaker presentations and share the refreshment and luncheon breaks with PNZ delegates made the Regional Meeting a truly integrated event.

Delegates attending the Regional Meeting this year had the opportunity to listen to three PNZ conference speakers. The speakers included : 

  1. James Bickford Managing Director and Head of Strategy at Interbrand New Zealand 
  2. Jason Smith Back in Motion Health Group, Australia
  3. Shelagh Morris Deputy Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, NHS England

The Regional Meeting featured a number of presentations for delegates in 2014 including the inaugural report on the IPPTA Data Collection project. This project that started 2 years earlier was able to deliver the first dataset of information about the group of Member Countries who make up the collective membership of IPPTA. The report to delegates included the following: 

  1. Common information about demographics of Member Organisations and their countries
  2. How the profession operates in each country including information on regulation and scope of practice

It was agreed at the meeting that further information would be gathered from Member Organisations on private practice including membership numbers and gender. This work will be completed and presented at the IPPTA General Meeting in Singapore in 2015.  I would especially like to recognise the work that Eric Lewis from the UK has contributed to the project. Eric has spent countless hours collating the information from our seventeen Member Organisations, analyzing the data, constructing tables and graphs and writing the commentary to accompany the information. Eric’s work on the project is continuing over the coming months to ensure the new data will be ready for presentation at the upcoming General Meeting in 2015.

Another feature of the Regional Meeting was our guest speaker Shelagh Morris from the UK who provided an informative talk and discussion on the pathway UK physiotherapists and podiatrists took over a 10-year period to gain independent prescribing rights. Shelagh talked to both the group of IPPTA delegates and the wider PNZ conference and following the conference was invited to speak to a group of podiatrists in Wellington and a group of physiotherapists in Christchurch.

Once again the presentations from each Member Organisation delegate on the current issues facing the profession in their country was well received. These presentations over the past two years have been a valuable way of sharing information to help the wider membership understand the professional and political issues each Member Organisation country is currently facing. Interestingly, many of the issues raised and discussed have at some stage been faced by other IPPTA Members and for some delegates listening in the audience these issues are a case of déjà vu. They were just from a different time and a different country! It highlights for me that while we might come from different countries, speak a different language and have a different political system, the fundamental issues around professional autonomy and the ability to determine our own futures are matters on which physiotherapists place a high level of importance!

Finally a big thank you must go to our secretary Margaret Revie who has provided a huge amount of support to me and the organisation during the year. The ability to action the various IPPTA initiatives including keeping regular contact with IPPTA members via email, following up on requests for information and updating the website regularly relies heavily on the organisational skills of Margaret. She has carried out these duties superbly again this year.

The General Meeting in Singapore in 2015 will provide a further opportunity for the organisation to advance its work and one of the goals that the Executive Committee have set down is to expand the membership base and recruit more Member Organisations. This work is already underway.

I look forward to seeing everyone next year in Singapore.

Scott Thomson


International Private Practitioners Association







10thGeneral Meeting Harrogate, UK 

Chairman's Report      Date:   15th September 2013

 I took over the role of Chairman of the IPPA in June 2011 following the 9th General Meeting of the Association. At that meeting the new executive committee identified the need for the organisation to establish new goals with the aim of increasing the value of membership!

Following the General Meeting in June 2011 the IPPA secured a partnership arrangement with the 2012 IFOMPT committee. The agreement allowed the IPPA to partner alongside the IFOMPT meeting and join a large well organised conference. The conference was held at the Quebec Convention Centre in Quebec City, Canada and the IPPA shared the superb facilities offered by the host city. The IPPA provided a keynote speaker for the IFOMPT conference in the form of Stu Gowland from New Zealand who spoke on ‘Knowledge Transfer in an Age of Technology’. Clink on link above to read full report


Draft Minutes of the 10th General Meeting in Harrogate UK

Please click on the link to see the draft minutes from the meeting.

Members Comments on the meeting:

   A first timer's thoughts! 

Gay Murphy - Ireland

When I came home from Harrogate, I thought, "well that was a most interesting weekend". And "Why" you ask?

It was great to meet colleagues from different countries, who share a common interest in the business end of our profession.

From the educational aspect, Jon Wigley’s sessions gave me an opportunity to benchmark what is happening in Ireland against the other MO's. This was a good exercise, as I gained an insight into the journeys that colleagues, businesses and organisations travelled along during their professional lives.

Although International finance is not where we as Physiotherapists/Physical Therapists usually find ourselves, a session on discussing currency fluctuations became a hot topic, and introduced me to the international aspect of the IPTA during the exchange of issues session. I learnt that the grass is always greener on the other side!  What other MO's want, we in Ireland have, and what we want, other MO's have!

All in all, this was a most enjoyable and interesting weekend, and special thanks to Margaret, Sally, Scott and everyone else who make this happen. I have written this up for you, just follow this link:



The Chairman's Report from the Regional Meeting in Quebec

Thank you to all the IPPA Member Organisations (MO’s) who sent delegates to the recent Regional Meeting held between the 1st and 3rd October 2012 in Quebec City, Canada. Not only did delegates meet to discuss how to better share information with each other they also benefitted from the relationship building that can only be achieved from face to face meetings.The IPPA secured a partnership arrangement with the 2012 IFOMPT conference held at the Quebec Convention Centre and shared the superb facilities offered by the host city.

Read the rest of the report here...


Member's Comments :



During the IPPA business day, I very much enjoyed listening to the presentation of Paul Donnely. The workshop and the collaboration in little groups gave me the chance of discussing issues relevant to my own situation and at the same time hear what was so different and yet the same in another country. For me this was a very productive meeting where, for the first time in my life, I was able to actively participate an international brainstorm.

The last day was the IPPA regional meeting. The points followed and subjects relevant were discussed. Nevertheless the rather strict pathway this kind of a meeting has, I find them useful and necessary in order to know where our organization is standing at the moment.

After the closing of the meeting I felt a little upset, as I told my new friends. Because of the fact that for a short period of time you get in an international drive; you work, you are pushed to think and you get the opportunity to elevate yourself to a higher level and before you know it the chairman says with a blink of his eye “Thank you for a great meeting and see you all next year”!

 As for me I would like to accept that invitation. If my professional organization is willing to give me another mandate and my wife is up for another week on her own with our three children (thank God for Skype, because they were missed), I will be happy in seeing you all next year.



The growth and change occurring in IPPA and WCPT is worthwhile to keep up to date with. Especially in our forever changing environment with the introduction of NHI, in South Africa. NHI although called NHS globally has been experienced my many countries to date. These countries understand the benefits and disadvantages of this structure. SASP can learn from their past and change/prevent mistakes that they made previously.

The continuous demands from medical schemes to give treatment protocols and guidelines can be shared with countries globally who have the resources and time, to write up guidelines, adapting these to our environment will be less time consuming than starting from scratch.

Many contacts where made with colleagues from all over the world, with plans to develop and build business relationships for the future to enable us to share knowledge and experiences.