Aquatic Physiotherapy is one of the key treatment components in our profession. There is an increasing evidence to show the effectiveness of aquatic physiotherapy for different clients with musculoskeletal, cardiopulmonary and neurological disorders. In view of the increasing demand of aquatic physiotherapy education from colleagues and the rising expectation of aquatic physiotherapy service from the clients. HKPA is going to initiate the construction of a platform to our PT colleagues who are interested in aquatic physiotherapy area to further contribute the development of aquatic physiotherapy in Hong Kong.
Aquatic Physical Therapy International (APTI) was established in 2007 and was endorsed as one of the WCPT affiliated networks in 2010. The mission of APTI is to promote evidence based aquatic physical therapy around the world and the main objectives are to provide a forum to discuss clinical practice and management issues in aquatic physical therapy as well as to promote collaborative research in aquatic physical therapy (http://www.wcpt.org/apti).
In order to ride on the wave of the global aquatic physiotherapy development, HKPA is going to form of a Working Group in Aquatic Physiotherapy in preparation for the formation of the Specialty Group for Aquatic Physiotherapy in the coming 2 years. Your effort and active contribution are important to facilitate the further enhancement of Aquatic Physiotherapy Education, Service and Research in Hong Kong.
• To collect and share knowledge about aquatic physiotherapy
• To set standards of practice for physiotherapists working in aquatic physiotherapy
• To educate members through study days, publications, e-mails
• To bring together people who have a common interest in aquatic physiotherapy
• To promote aquatic therapy within the profession, to other professionals and to the public
The working group should promote water-based therapy through, education, clinical skills, research, publications, study days and membership support. We aim to:
• Promote aquatic based research
• Promote an aquatic bias when networking with students, consultants, the public and other interested parties
(WCPT/ international links: Aquatic Physical Therapy International)
• Be proactive in publications
• Increase capacity in highly skilled and motivated aquatic physiotherapists
• Provide gold standard training in Aquatic Therapy through the accredited foundation process.
• To organize the foundation course and advanced courses in aquatic therapy
• To run the teachers course and trained new approved educators
• To establish a database of current research activity in aquatic therapy
• To have completed a chapter for Physiotherapy textbook