Saturday, 9 April 2016

Physiotherapy graduates highly sought after in Singapore

Physiotherapy graduates are highly sought after in Singapore.

Last month, MOE released data based on the 2015 Graduate Employment Survey Results. Physiotherapy graduates from Singapore Institute of Technology have achieved 100% permanent employment rate. Out of 105 courses, it is 1 of the 12 courses to achieved 100% permanent employment rate. Woo Hoo! Graduates have a median salary of $3200. The amount reported is lower than the verbal sampling that I did last year. It ranks 86th when the average gross monthly salaries are compared.

You need da strength lifting patients!
Based on the survey, the demand for physiotherapists is still very high in Singapore but the salary is on the lower side. However, salary should not be the only consideration in taking up physiotherapy as a profession. It is a profession that has high physical demands and may not be right for everyone. However, you may derive great satisfaction when a patient recovers with your help and expertise. In fact, I would discourage you from joining the profession if you dislike being with people or if you dislike helping people.

Don't let that smile fool you.
That leg probably weighs >10kg.

Image Credits: MSKTCimage,

Monday, 28 December 2015 it really a "fix"?

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Sunday, 19 April 2015

What is your One Thing?

"We find that many people plan by first making financial decisions. When you plan for yourself, the first decision you make should be your ‘Life Decision’. The ‘Financial Decision’ follows. Decide first what is it that matters most in your life. What are you passionate about? What would make you happy? What is it that excites you. Decide on this first and then make your financial decision would be to support your life decision. In other words, adjust your financial life to achieve your life goals."
Christopher Tan, 2015

Have you asked yourself what matters most in your life?

Friday, 27 February 2015

Different Approaches for Different Personalities

A physiotherapist in singapore sees an average of 12 patients a day (conservatively!), out of which about 5 would be new patients. Adding up, a physiotherapist would interact and work with 1300 unique individuals in a year! They would come from all walks of life, each having different personalities. Something I read recently made me realize that it would be wise to relate to different clients in different ways as clients would respond to varied treatment styles based on their personalities. Let me quote Susain Cain,

"A very different study, in which robots interacted with stroke patients during physical rehabilitation exercises, yielded strikingly similar results. Introverted patients responded better and interacted longer with robots that were designed to speak in a soothing, gentle manner: “I know it is hard, but remember that it’s for your own good,” and, “Very nice, keep up the good work.” Extroverts, on the other hand, worked harder for robots that used more bracing, aggressive language: “You can do more than that, I know it!” and “Concentrate on your exercise!”"

Quiet, Susan Cain

Interesting. Sometimes you just got to be that evil therapist and at other times, a loving gentle one. 

What are your experiences in using different approaches with different people (in the healthcare setting or otherwise)? Please share!

Saturday, 3 January 2015

How much does a Physiotherapist earn in Singapore?

How much does a Physiotherapist earn in Singapore?

The public in Singapore started to hear more about Allied Health and Physiotherapists over the last few years, due to government plans to improve the healthcare system in Singapore to cope with the ageing population, also known as the "silver tsunami".

With the increasing need for healthcare practitioners, some may be thinking of embarking on a career in the Allied Health sector. One of the first few questions that would come to the mind of the above mentioned individuals would be "how much is the pay ah?". I would like to share with you how much you would be paid as a fresh university graduate working in one of the restructured hospitals in Singapore. Other allied health practitioners such as Occupational Therapists, Radiographers, and Radiotherapists are also paid similarly.

Physiotherapist Starting Salary in Singapore (Gross)

*Please note that the above figures are a rough estimate from random verbal sampling 
*It is a common practice in Singapore for men who have completed National Service to be paid more

The salary figures may surprise many as physiotherapists were paid much lower as recently as 5 years ago. A male diploma holder was only paid about $2300 before the 2 rounds of pay revisions were made within the last 5 years. That would mean he was only taking home about $1840 after CPF contributions. Therefore, it is good news when the government recognizes the importance of Allied Health in Singapore's healthcare and decided to increase their salary in 2012.

In conclusion, with the recent pay revisions, working as a physiotherapist in the Singapore public healthcare system is not too bad after all.

Saturday, 27 December 2014


I am a Physiotherapist in Singapore. This blog will document bits about being a Physio in Singapore, and some of my personal interests such as exercise, personal finance, and investing. If you would like to contact me, email me at