25 Sep '11, 11am

Physiotherapists in Singapore still in short supply

Physiotherapists in Singapore still in short supply

By 2015, Singapore will need nearly double the physiotherapists it has now, due to an ageing population and changing lifestyles. -- ST PHOTO: LIM WUI LIANG By Grace Chua By 2015, Singapore will need nearly double the physiotherapists it has now, due to an ageing population and changing lifestyles. But it has trouble finding and keeping these health professionals who help patients regain their normal lives and movement after illness or injury, said Mr Low Hsien Chi, president of the Singapore Physiotherapy Association. He was speaking on the sidelines of an event to mark World Physical Therapy Day on Sunday. Health Minister Gan Kim Yong was guest of honour at the event, held at the National Library building on Victoria Street. Singapore has some 800 to 900 physiotherapists, and will need about 1,500 in four years' time, Mr Low said. But few enter the profession as there is ...

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