The Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas History

The Foundation of the Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas began in 1988, after Portuguese Physiotherapists Society’s (AFPisio – Associação Portuguesa de Fisioterapeutas) statutes were changed. This process took 20 years and went through several stages:

  • First Direction of the Portuguese Order of Physiotherapists

    The first direction in the history of the Order of Physiotherapists was ratified at the first meeting of the General Council of the Order on 21 December 2021. The Board is composed by: António Lopes ( President ), Nuno Cordeiro ( 1st Vice-President ), Conceição Bettencourt ( 2nd Vice-President ), Pedro Rebelo ( Member ), Fátima Domingues ( Member ), Ana Gonçalves ( Member ) and Afonso Neutel ( Member ).

  • Investiture of the first Governing Bodies

    On the 14th December 2021 the first Statutory Bodies of the Order of Physiotherapists took office in the auditorium of the Ordem dos Contabilistas Certificados, in Lisbon.

  • First elections of the Portuguese Order of Physiotherapists

    The first elections of the Order of Physiotherapists took place on 15 November 2021. The results of the elections determined the election of the first Statutory Bodies:

     - President: António Lopes

     - General Council: List E (headed by physiotherapist Rui Dias Costa );

     - Jurisdictional Council (headed by physiotherapist Isabel Souza Guerra);

  • Registration begins at the Order of Physiotherapists

    The first registrations to the Order of Physiotherapists took place on 19 May 2021, with the first full members approved on 18 June 2021.

  • Order of prorogation of the Commission for Installation of the Order

    The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, extended the mandate of the Installing Commission until the effective installation of the Order of Physiotherapists, in dispatch 3657/2021, with the same composition.

  • Order appointing the Installing Committee of the Order

    The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, appoints the Installation Commission of the Order of Physiotherapists, in dispatch 12067/2019, with the following composition: Isabel Souza Guerra ( President ), António Manuel Fernandes Lopes, Olímpio Pereira, Pedro Rebelo and Maria da Conceição Bettencourt.

  • SEPTEMBER 2019

    The Law 122/2019 that approves the foundation of the Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas is published on September 30

  • AUGUST 2019

    The President of the Portuguese Republic promulgates the legislation that founds the Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas and approves its Statutes

  • JULY 2019

    After 20 years of advances and setbacks, the law of the Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas was finally approved in plenary at the Portuguese Parliament

  • JUNE 2019

    The law of the foundation of the Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas was approved at the 10th Labour and Social protection Committee, with favourable votes of political parties PS and CDS-PP, and other parties forbearance.

  • OCTOBER 2017

    The Foundation of the Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas is, once again, approved in general in plenary of Portuguese Parliament, after proposition by Socialist Party (PS) and Conservative Party (CDS-PP)

  • JUNE 2016

    The Pro-Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas Committee is appointed in a general meeting of the Portuguese Physiotherapists Association (APFSIO) chaired by Isabel de Souza Guerra

  • NOVEMBER 2011

    The Parliamentary Committee for Labour and Public Administration, after the hearing on the 23rd of November, asks for new documentation on the Understanding Memorandum with the Portuguese Constitution

  • SEPTEMBER 2011

    APFisio delivers once again all documentation to the Portuguese Parliament, Health and Labour and Social Protection Committees, and all Parliamentary Groups, asking for reappreciation and forwarding.

  • FEBRUARY 2011

    By proposal of the Conservative Party CDS-PP, the creation of the Ordem dos Fisioterapeutas is unanimously approved by the Portuguese Parliament. However, the dissolution of the legislature and the beginning of the new in June 2011, stopped the process and had to be re-initiated.

  • 2008

    On May 2nd, APFisio updates the proposal once again and delivers the necessary documentation.

  • 2004

    All the necessary documentation is delivered for the second time, and APFisio board continues to insist with the Portuguese Parliament (AR) and the Ministry of Health (MS).

  • 1999

    All documents required to create the Physiotherapists Professional Organization were delivered to the competent national authority (with no effect).

  • 1998

    Amendment of APFisio’s statutes, were it was written: “develop all initiatives leading to its recognition as a public law association, in order to assign the professional title of physiotherapist and regulate the practice of this profession.”

Pedro Maciel Barbosa

Specialist physiotherapist at the Matosinhos Local Health Unit Sub-coordinator for Primary Health Care, Matosinhos Local Health Unit Visiting Assistant Professor at the Porto School of Health Member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Health - SNS Member of the General Council of the Order of Physiotherapists

Carlos Sand

Carlos Areia has been a physiotherapist since 2013, and has worked in various hospitals, clinics and clubs in both Portugal and the UK. He began his academic career at Oxford University in 2016, where he led a clinical trial comparing physiotherapy vs surgery in anterior cruciate injuries in 32 hospitals in England. In 2018 she moved to the neurosciences department, where she developed her own studies on remote monitoring of vital signs, which were implemented during the pandemic. Here he discovered his passion for data, and in 2022, he joined Digital Science as a Data Scientist. He completed his PhD earlier this year, and has more than 60 publications in journals such as The Lancet, BMJ, Cochrane, among others. He is also an honorary lecturer at Oxford Brookes University and a consultant in clinical research.

Eduardo José Brazete Carvalho Cruz

PhD in Physiotherapy from the University of Brighton, UK. Post-Doctorate in Epidemiology from the National School of Public Health at the New University of Lisbon.
Coordinator of the Studies and Planning Office of the Order of Physiotherapists. Coordinating Professor of the Physiotherapy Department of the School of Health of the Polytechnic Institute of Setúbal (ESS-IPS). President of the ESS-IPS Technical-Scientific Council. Coordinator of the Physiotherapy Department at ESS-IPS. Integrated Researcher at the Comprehensive Health Research Centre (CHRC) (a partnership between FCM-UNL, the National School of Public Health, the University of Évora, the Lisbon Institute of Global Mental Health and Santo Espírito Hospital, Terceira Island, Azores).

Sara Souto Miranda

Sara Souto Miranda has a bachelor's and master's degree in physiotherapy from the University of Aveiro, and a postgraduate qualification in adult respiratory physiotherapy from the same institution. In 2023 she completed her double doctorate in Rehabilitation Sciences/Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the Universities of Aveiro and Maastricht (Netherlands) and is currently working as a technical-scientific advisor to the Studies and Planning Office (GEP) of the Order of Physiotherapists, and as a guest lecturer at the Piaget Institute in Vila Nova de Gaia. As a member of the Respiratory Research and Rehabilitation Laboratory at the University of Aveiro (Lab3R), she has carried out applied research in which she has assessed and treated patients with respiratory pathology, having taken part in 6 research projects. Throughout her career she has published 19 scientific articles in international peer-reviewed journals with an impact factor, 1 book chapter and more than 50 abstracts in conference proceedings. She was a research volunteer at the Ciro rehabilitation centre (Centre for expertise in chronic organ failure) in the Netherlands, and is currently a member of the Guideline Methodology Network of European Respiratory Society. She was honoured by European Lung Foundation e European Respiratory Society for carrying out patient-centred research, by the Directorate General for Higher Education with a merit grant for his master's degree, and by the Ciro Centre with a grant to support research abroad.

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