The Australian Physiotherapy Association’s (APA) biennial national scientific conference concluded last week. More than 2000 physiotherapists, researchers, exhibitors and students from 26 countries around the globe attended the event at the new, world class International Convention Centre in Sydney.
The conference theme was MOMEMTUM, which symbolised both the treatment physiotherapists provide their patients to assist strength and movement, as well as the profession’s continual endeavour to innovate and grow its strong evidence base of best practice care.
APA National President Phil Calvert said that the 2017 program was the strongest yet, with over 600 speakers across 14 specialty health streams, including paediatrics, disability, sport and gerontology. “The physio profession is very good at knowledge sharing and collaboration, and our national conference was the peak event for physios to not only further their knowledge and clinical expertise but also develop their professional networks, for the benefit of the whole community.”
“Physiotherapy has traditionally been associated with musculoskeletal and sports injuries, but the breadth of this conference program shows just how diverse our professional care is in treating a wide range of patients and health conditions.”
There were 11 international plenary and keynote speakers attending, covering indigenous health, the future of telehealth and the digitisation of the health sector, including the use of video game play to assist patients’ recovery.
Champion Australian aerial skier and winter Olympic gold medallist Alisa Camplin OAM delivered the closing address, reflecting on her personal journey of overcoming adversity.
Message from the Chair
The Asia Western Pacific Region (AWP) is one of five regional groupings of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).
The AWP is one of the largest and most populous geographical regions in WCPT. It is a region where physical therapy is well established in some countries and emerging in others. As a consequence the variability in physical therapy practice is quite marked.
As Chair of the region, I am deeply committed to building the capacity of local physical therapists and other health professionals to undertake leadership roles in education and health service delivery in their own communities.
There are a number of priority areas for the AWP region including the development of accreditation standards and support for regulation of the profession. These issues are key to the development and growth of physical therapy in many countries in the region. Addressing them will assist in maintaining standards of practice and education.
Physical therapy is a young profession in many countries in the region and there is an urgent need to ensure standards are put in place so that physical therapy can grow and develop, assisting the health outcomes of these countries in the best possible way.
World Physical Therapy Day activities
Activities from World Physical Therapy Day 2013