Finnish Association of Physiotherapists was founded in 1943 and has ca. 9 000 members today (students included). The Association is a trade union and professional organization looking after the interests of all physiotherapists. The Association promotes physiotherapy in Finnish society and ensures that physiotherapists have the readiness to provide high-quality physiotherapy services.
In order to monitor its members´ interests, the Association actively follows developments in Finnish society, provides statements, takes stands, presents proposals and introduces initiatives.
There are nine areal societies and five national special interest societies as a member of the Association. Individuals become members of the Association by joining one of the societies or as a direct member. Licenced physiotherapists or physiotherapy students may apply for the membership of the society.
Physiotherapists skilled in the special fields of physiotherapy have set up special interest groups. There are five special interest groups working in liaison with the Association.
The General Meeting, convened once a year, is the Associations’ highest decision –making body. The Chairperson of the Association and the Executive Committee are elected at the General Meeting; their term of office is three years.
Members can turn to the development experts of Association whenever they need advice and assistance.