July 2016

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WCPT E-Update
July 2016
World Physical Therapy Day
WHO Priority Assistive Products List
UN Human Rights report
Call for mentors: education and professional associations
Ethical principles of healthcare personnel in times of conflict and emergencies
Prevention of violence against children and youth
ER-WCPT Congress 2016
World Physical Therapy Day
There is now just over one month left to plan your activities to celebrate World Physical Therapy Day 2016. This year the theme is “Add life to years”, emphasising physical therapists’ important role in healthy ageing. Read the WCPT President's message on this year's theme at: www.wcpt.org/wptday-presidents-message.
 
Start planning your activities by taking a look at the toolkit WCPT has produced to help you celebrate the day, which includes:
 
  • an infographic
  • graphics to post on social media
  • posters
  • a postcard
  • a leaflet
  • a guidance booklet
  • stickers
  • list of further resources, including research articles.
 
Access the toolkit: www.wcpt.org/wptday-toolkit
Access "physiotherapy" (instead of "physical therapy") versions: www.wcpt.org/wptday-posters-physiotherapy
Access Spanish versions: www.wcpt.org/wptday-posters-spanish
Access French versions: www.wcpt.org/wptday-posters-french
 
Remember to send us a brief report and photographs of how you celebrated the day to info@wcpt.org.  
 
We look forward to receiving your reports and good luck with your planning!
Poster for World Physical Therapy Day 2016
WHO Priority Assistive Products List
WHO Priority Assistive Products List
The World Health Organization (WHO) has published a Priority Assistive Products List promoting access to assistive technology. The list includes hearing aids, wheelchairs, communication aids, spectacles, artificial limbs, pill organizers, memory aids and other essential items for many older people and people with disabilities to be able to live a healthy, productive and dignified life.
 
The list was finalised at a consensus meeting held in March, which was attended by Alice Inman on behalf of WCPT to represent the physical therapy profession. The list was compiled as part of WHO’s Global Cooperation on Assistive Technology (GATE) initiative.
 
It is available to download as a pdf in several languages at: bit.ly/2aeg8dG
UN Human Rights report
A UN Human Rights report has been approved by UN members and it advocates/justifies a human right for sport, physical activity and healthy lifestyle. 
 
Andrea Backovic-Jurican was the only physical therapist invited to join the working group as a public health expert, together with approximately 20 other global experts. Andrea is involved in the WCPT Network for Health Promotion in Life and Work (HPLW).
 
The report is available for download in several languages at: bit.ly/2aJTMzl
Photograph courtesy of British Wheelchair Basketball
Call for mentors: education and professional associations
In collaboration with Handicap International and funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), WCPT is implementing a project of strengthening national associations and entry level physical therapist education programmes in Mali, Niger and Senegal.
 
WCPT is seeking a WCPT Country Mentor for each of the three countries, who will mentor leadership of physical therapist education institutions. WCPT is also seeking Country Mentors who will mentor leadership of national physical therapy associations in those countries. 
 
For further information please go to: www.wcpt.org/vacancies. The deadline for applications is 19th August.
Ethical principles of healthcare personnel in times of conflict and emergencies

One year ago the ICRC hosted a public livestreamed conference to mark the launch of “The Ethical principles of health care in times of armed conflict and other emergencies”. Qualified as "ground-breaking" by ICRC President Peter Maurer, the ethical principles have since been signed by WCPT.

The document is available for download in several languages:

English bit.ly/2aJXWXY

French bit.ly/29ZmGhz

Arabic bit.ly/2avcpLu

Spanish bit.ly/2abcAf0

Russian bit.ly/2a4qHgt

For further information visit the Health Care in Danger website: healthcareindanger.org/

Photograph courtesy of Health Care in Danger
Prevention of violence against children and youth
The Women's World Summit Foundation has launched its annual campaign Kit ‘19 Days of Activism for prevention of violence against children and youth 1-19 November 2016’. As of 2016 the 19 Days campaign includes the relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Targets for 2030, which represent a new paradigm for the end of violence against children and youth
 
The 2016 kit provides updated information, relevant statistics, SDGs links and ideas for action: 19days.woman.ch/index.php/en/
ER-WCPT Congress 2016
The European Region of WCPT is holding the largest European physiotherapy-dedicated event of 2016. The congress will be held in Liverpool, UK on the 11th and 12th November, when the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy will host more than 500 speakers and poster presenters from across the world.
 
To view the full programme and register go to: www.liverpool2016.com

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