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Physiotherapy graduates' contribution to South Africa's health needs - A ten year survey of the University of the Witwatersrand

A. Stewart, P. J. Wallner, L. Blecher, T. Bridgeford, J. Kirk, M. Salmon
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 50, No 3 | a667 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajp.v50i3.667 | © 2018 A. Stewart, P. Wallner, L. Blecher, T. Bridgeford, J. Kirk, M. Salmon | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 25 September 2018 | Published: 31 August 1994

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A. Stewart, Physiotherapy Department, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
P. J. Wallner, Physiotherapy Department, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
L. Blecher,
T. Bridgeford,
J. Kirk,
M. Salmon,

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Abstract

Graduates of the University of the Witwatersrand Physiotherapy department were surveyed by means of a questionnaire over a ten-year period, 1980-1990. It was found that almost thirty percent of the graduates were not in any way contributing to the health needs of the country. Twenty percent have left the country and a further nine percent are not practising physiotherapists. Of the remainder, only twenty-six percent are working in the public health sector which serves eighty percent of the population. Their work profiles and job satisfaction are also discussed.


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