New Zealand has a shortage of physiotherapists and, as a result, it is looking for more.
The country has a population of more than 10 million people, with one-third of them in the capital, Wellington.
It is the only country in the world where the ratio of physiotherapy staff to resident physiotherapeutic staff is less than one.
The shortage is due to the fact that the government has not established a national physiotherapy plan and it does not require a registered physiotherapy nurse to practise.
New Zealand is a low-cost country with a highly educated population, so there is no need for a registered nurse to practice physiotherapy.
But it has a need for more physiotherapsists, as well as specialist training.
Many of these are based in remote areas, and there are only a few physiotherapping facilities in metropolitan areas.
“I think there is a lot of demand,” said Dr Michelle McArthur, who specialises in clinical management of osteoarthritis and is the director of the National Research Council’s Centre for Occupational Health and Safety.
“There is a shortage.
But we are working on it.”
Dr McArthur said there were not many opportunities in New Zealand for people to practice.
She said she was looking for candidates who had the necessary training to train and support the staff who are required to work in remote locations.
“We are not a very good-trained profession, but we do have good-quality training and we can be very flexible.”
In some remote areas we do not have much in terms of training.
We can use people from other countries to train us, and we do train well.
“But if we don’t have the right people, we have to recruit a lot more staff and train them in order to have enough staff to meet the demand.”
The government has set aside $15 million to recruit and train more physiotherapy nurses, but the problem is that some of the best-trained nurses are being left behind.
“Our training program is still woefully behind the world-class level of training we need,” Dr McArthur added.
“So we are struggling to find more nurses who have the required skills and experience.”
The problem, she said, was that the Government has no plan for how to manage the shortage, including how to make sure people are being trained in a way that is culturally appropriate.
“They don’t even know what it means to be a physiotherapy teacher,” Dr McGarry said.
“The best physiotherapy is about teaching people how to do physiotherapy and that is what we are trying to do.”
It is not about being a physioanalyst or a physiothoracic therapist.
It is about getting people to do it in a safe way.
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Dr McPharmar said that the shortage was an example of the difficulty New Zealand faced in finding qualified staff.”
We need to get more people into the profession, and they have to be trained.””
We have a shortage in our teaching workforce.
We need to get more people into the profession, and they have to be trained.”
The National Research Centre for occupational health and safety is studying the problem and is trying to find out how to increase the number of registered nurses.