A new app to help people improve their health through changing lifestyle, establishing goals and tracking progress has been launched by the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), of which WCPT is a member.
WCPT has agreed a new professional partnership with Physiotherapyexercises.com – a web-based service run by physical therapists that enables colleagues around the world to generate exercise programmes for their patients.
The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) has identified the most important trials to have influenced the practice of physical therapy. They include studies in back pain, sports injuries, ageing, stress incontinence and pulmonary and stroke rehabilitation.
World Physical Therapy Day 2014 was marked by physical therapists around the world with a cascade of attention-grabbing activities – everything from potato races to meetings with politicians; from gait analysis in shopping arcades to inter-school quiz competitions.
Professor Rhona Flin, Chair in Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, asks whether health professionals need to pay more attention to communication and decision-making skills
WCPT’s European Region has welcomed the World Health Organization’s European strategy on child and adolescent health, and pointed out physical therapy’s key role. In a statement made at the WHO’s Europe regional committee meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in September, the region pointed out that diet rather than physical activity tends to dominate discussion on child health.
The American Physical Therapy Association has launched an Integrity in Practice campaign to position physical therapists as leaders in efforts to eliminate fraud, abuse and waste from health care.
The Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association has launched a manifesto on “Standards of Excellence in Physiotherapy Practice” aimed at improving professional practice in the country.
The newly-published WCPT Congress programme has been designed to cater for a wide range of physical therapists’ interests, from paediatrics to pain, from professional issues to physical activity.
WCPT has announced the candidates standing for election as President and Vice President, for the term 2015-2019. There is one candidate for each position: Emma Stokes will stand for the WCPT Presidency and Margot Skinner will stand for the Vice Presidency.
Networking is a key element of the WCPT Congress programme, with a series of sessions designed to promote international collaboration between colleagues who share a common professional interest.
WCPT is alerting physical therapists to its policy on infection prevention and control in the light of growing concern among health workers about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.
A new domain name extension for the world’s physical therapists was launched on 1st September. The extension is .physio, and works in the same way as .com and .org extensions to website domain names.
Tributes have been paid to Johnny Kuhr, the WCPT Executive Committee member who died in late July aged 56. He was President of the Association of Danish Physiotherapists between 2000 and 2012, and was a champion of professional development and evidence based practice throughout his career.
The world's health ministers have endorsed an action plan to improve health for all people with a disability. At the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May, 33 member states voiced support for the resolution. Five non-governmental organisations including WCPT also stated their support for the plan at the meeting.
WCPT has announced that the main publishing partner for the forthcoming WCPT Congress will be Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of more than 2,000 medical and scientific journals and 25,000 books.
The World Health Organization has selected six international research bodies to collect and analyse evidence to inform the first ever global guidelines on health-related rehabilitation. WCPT is advising on some of the research.
The first online education course to be approved by WCPT for continuing education units attracted 3,500 participants – with 1,348 completing the final evaluation and picking up WCPT’s International Physical Therapy Continuing Education Units (IPT-CEUs).
Action on non-communicable disease (NCDs) was the focus at the 10th biennial meeting and congress of WCPT’s Africa Region, hosted in May by the Zambia Society of Physiotherapy.