In 1991, a change in structure of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) resulted in the establishment of five WCPT regions, with autonomous regional committees. The intention was to encourage opportunities for more frequent contact among members with similar cultural, economic and social outlooks. The Asia Western Pacific Region comprises 26 member organisations that spread from the Middle East through Asia to the Pacific.
Although there is diversity in terms of ethics, language, geography and development, promotion of physical therapy is common to all. Key aims of the region are to:
- establish closer cooperation among member organisations of the region
- represent the profession of physical therapy in the region in consultation with or as delegated by the Executive Committee
- cooperate with the various international organisations in the region in promoting WCPT objectives.
- initiate new and promote established professional activities within the region which further the aims of WCPT
- formulate resolutions regarding matters of regional or geographical concern for proposal to the Executive Committee and WCPT General Meeting.
The region holds a meeting of member representatives every two years in conjunction with the WCPT Congress, and then a meeting in association with a conference hosted by a member organisation.
Since 1991 meetings in the region have been hosted by Hong Kong, Indonesia, Singapore, Korea and India. In 2013 the meeting was held in Taiwan and in 2015, will be held in Singapore. The AWP Region has a small secretariat, currently hosted by the Australian Physiotherapy Association. One member of the WCPT Executive Committee is elected by the member organisations in the region for a four year term.
|AWP Executive Committee|
|Chairperson||Gillian Webb (Australia)|
|Vice Chairperson||Usha Krishna-Gfeller (Fiji)|
|Secretary||Dinesh Verma (Singapore)|
|Treasurer||Shu-Fang Jeng (Taiwan)|
|WCPT Executive||Melissa Locke (Australia)|
|Alternate WCPT Executive||Marco Pang (Hong Kong)|