May 2016

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WCPT E-Update
May 2016
World Physical Therapy Day 2016
World Health Assembly
World Health Organization
ER-WCPT Congress: early bird deadline
IFOMPT Conference 2016
International Conference of the Red Cross
Health care workforce capacity: call for papers
World Physical Therapy Day 2016

The toolkit and new materials for World Physical Therapy Day 2016 will be launched next month.

The theme for 2016 will be “Add life to years”, focusing on the role physical therapists have in helping people maintain mobility, independence and quality of life as they age. The toolkit will include posters, an infographic, flyers, stickers, as well as images and graphics for member organisations and individuals to promote the day via social media. The toolkit will be available in English, French and Spanish.

World Physical Therapy Day 2016 postcard
World Health Assembly
Photograph courtesy of WHO/L. Cipriani

Taking place this week, the World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Margaret Chan opened the Sixty-ninth World Health Assembly with words of celebration, warning, and hope. Dr Chan also highlighted the “slow motion” disasters of a changing climate, antimicrobial resistance and the rise of chronic noncommunicable diseases like cancer, heart and lung disease, and diabetes.

As an organisation in official relations with WHO, WCPT took the opportunity to address items on ageing and the health workforce, reading the following statements to the assembled senior health administrators and Ministers of Health:

  • Multisectoral action for a life course approach to healthy ageing: draft global strategy and plan of action on ageing and health bit.ly/20GKBlG
  • Health workforce and services bit.ly/1Vk5oMn

WCPT also added its voice via statements from the World Health Professions Alliance on: engagement with non-state actors; global strategy on women’s, children’s and adolescents’ health; counterfeit medicines; ageing; and the health workforce.

In addition, WCPT attended the World Health Professions Regulation Conference this week. Read the full news story at: www.wcpt.org/news/Regulation-conference-May16.

World Health Organization

As well as the World Health Assembly, WCPT representatives contributed to a meeting of organisations in official relations with WHO, and the Disability and Rehabilitation (DAR) team at WHO, to further the implementation of the global disability action plan. The needs and priorities of people with disabilities in all regions of the world were expressed by the WHO regional officers. All regions have a need for enhanced rehabilitation services to meet the growing numbers of people with disability associated with non-communicable diseases, violence and injury and, of recent attention, the Zika virus.

In recent weeks representatives of WCPT have also attended meetings on assistive technologies and health employment and economic growth (see the full story at www.wcpt.org/news/Priority-assistive-products-Apr16). Read more about WCPT’s work with WHO: www.wcpt.org/collaborations-activities.

ER-WCPT Congress: early bird deadline
The early bird registration deadline for the ER-WCPT Congress is 27th June. Members of an ER-WCPT member organisation can save nearly 15% on the full ticket price.
 
More than 450 platform and poster presentations (from 47 countries) have been recently added to the programme - view the programme and book your place now at: www.liverpool2016.com/registration.
 
Join the profession's largest European event of 2016 taking place in Liverpool, 11th - 12th November www.liverpool2016.com.
IFOMPT Conference 2016

There are just 37 days left before the start of the IFOMPT Congress 2016 taking place 4th - 8th July 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland.  

The programme has been coordinated to ensure that each day provides delegates with the opportunity to attend lecture-based sessions, interactive poster demonstrations and embrace recent developments in the field of orthopaedic manipulative physical therapy.
 
View the full programme and register at: www.ifomptconference.org/.
International Conference of the Red Cross
ICRC Health Care in Danger infographic
A series of infographics on the results of the 32nd International Conference of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are now available. Participants agreed upon various measures to address the most pressing humanitarian challenges of our times, namely: safeguarding the provision of health care; preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence; protecting volunteers; and strengthening disaster law. Access the infographics at: bit.ly/1P2Mfgt
 
In March this year WCPT pledged its support of the to the International Committee of the Red Cross Health Care in Danger (HCiD) campaign raising awareness of the impact of violence on health professionals in conflict areas. www.wcpt.org/news/WCPT-conflict-pledge.
Health care workforce capacity: call for papers

Health Volunteers Overseas is collaborating with the open-access journal Frontiers in Public Health Education and Promotion on a one-time, special edition e-journal titled International Partnerships for Strengthening Health Care Workforce Capacity: Models of Collaborative Education.

HVO is sponsoring this initiative to showcase successful international partnerships in education for health care providers, with a forward look to continuing collaborations that advance health workforce capacity and population well-being. Find out more at: bit.ly/1Vk6zLL. Submission deadline is 17th June.

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