We're occasionally looking for experienced physiotherapists to develop rehabilitation services in hospitals and community-based clinics.

Roles are generally longer term, ranging from one to two years, but we also sometimes have short-term assignments for up to six months.

You’ll be registered, with at least five years' post-qualifying experience including experience of working with disabled people and, ideally, experience of managing or training others. Experience in a community setting is an advantage for many roles, which involve creating services to support disabled people outside of a hospital setting.

What you'll be doing

The United Nations Development Programme estimates that more than 80 per cent of the world’s 650 million disabled people live in poorer countries. Many have little or no access to rehabilitation services, education or employment.

Your work will enable more disabled people to realise their rights, fulfil their potential and overcome exclusion from their communities. You'll share your skills to train local rehabilitation staff, or help set up and develop physiotherapy services. Countries where you could be working include Indonesia, India and Tajikistan.

  • Example role

Please note this is just an example placement to illustrate the kind of roles that may come up in your skill area. To view our live roles, click ‘Get started’ below.

Senior physiotherapist
Papua New Guinea

You’ll help meet the huge need for physiotherapy expertise in Papua New Guinea, a country with only a handful of qualified physios for its population of five million. You’ll improve the well being of people with disability in Milne Bay Province, a remote area of the Pacific, by widening access to much-needed physiotherapy care and developing rehabilitation services. Strengthening a newly established hospital physiotherapy department, you’ll increase the support available to vulnerable people, and help build a future of security and inclusion for community members with disabilities.

What you'll be doing

  • Training and mentoring department staff, and building their professional capability to treat a wider range of patients and conditions
  • Working with colleagues and the director of Medical Services to develop a strategy for a long-term, sustainable physiotherapy service at the hospital
  • Developing ways to create awareness of the hospital’s physiotherapy service
  • Promoting understanding of the benefits of physiotherapy for patients - among medical and nursing staff, urban and rural clinics, and the general public
  • Helping develop a community rehabilitation strategy for the physiotherapy department
  • Providing input into the development of physiotherapy as a profession in Papua New Guinea

What you'll need

You’ll be a registered physiotherapist with at least 5 years’ post-qualification experience. This experience will include working in a hospital setting, community based rehabilitation, and working with disabled children. Ideally you’ll have some teaching or mentoring experience, and experience of working in a developing country is desirable but not essential.

You’ll need the initiative to work with the challenges posed by few resources, and the flexibility to adapt your professional skills to a new cultural and working environment. Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to troubleshoot are crucial, as you’ll be looking to build on the successes of a previous volunteer. You’ll have the self-assurance to lead the department forward, balanced with the ability to build rapport and work in a team with colleagues.

And the rest...

Alotau is a quiet, friendly coastal town in Eastern Papua New Guinea, the provincial capital of over 400 Pacific islands. Milne Bay has over 2000 km of white beaches, countless coral reefs, tiny atolls and volcanic islands, untouched by tourism. People in Alotau are in general friendly and happy to meet new faces; within Alotau many citizens work for the Papua New Guinean government and in local businesses. Alotau has several well-stocked supermarkets selling imported fruits and vegetables, and pineapple and coconut are available in ample qualities when in season. You’ll live in a two-bedroom furnished house with a small garden opposite the hospital, with an inside toilet and electricity.

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Can I go home during my placement?

You are entitled to four weeks of leave every year.