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Exploring the riches of a WCPT Congress: your pathway through the programme

01 Oct 2014

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.

Emma Stokes (left) and Margot Skinner (right) pictured while recording videos for WCPT (see below).

WCPT candidates announced

25 Sep 2014

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 key in WCPT Congress programme

18 Sep 2014

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.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chaired a meeting coordinating a response to the Ebola outbreak in August.

The Ebola outbreak: advice for physical therapists

04 Sep 2014

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.

Dot physio: the new domain name for physical therapists is launched

01 Sep 2014

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 paid to Johnny Kuhr

13 Aug 2014

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.

Johnny Kuhr

31 Jul 2014

WCPT is sad to announce that Johnny Kuhr, its Executive Committee member from Europe, died on Wednesday 30th July. He had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour.

WCPT intervenes in WHO disability discussion

21 Jul 2014

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 announces Elsevier as publishing partner

21 Jul 2014

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.

Work begins on new WHO rehabilitation guidelines

21 Jul 2014

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.

Thousands attracted by massive online course for physical therapists

21 Jul 2014

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).

Africa congress addresses the challenges of non-communicable disease

21 Jul 2014

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.

Norwegian association wins fight to keep manual therapy part of PT

21 Jul 2014

The Norwegian Physiotherapist Association is celebrating after Norway’s national government finally rejected a proposal to make manual therapy a separate profession from physiotherapy. This follows a long lobbying campaign by the association, backed by WCPT, its European Region and the International Federation for Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists.

Championing PT for 50 years: Singapore association celebrates with international event

21 Jul 2014

The Singapore Physiotherapy Association celebrated its 50th birthday with an international conference with participants from 22 countries.

Now is your chance: registration opens for the WCPT Congress 2015

11 Jul 2014

Could 2015 be the most important year of your professional life? Registration for next year’s WCPT Congress – the world’s biggest and most influential international physical therapy gathering – is now open.

One of the images used in this year's World PT Day campaign materials. Picture: L Duvillier for Handicap Internation

New materials launched for World PT Day 2014 – and the theme is 'Fit to take part'

23 Jun 2014

WCPT has launched its materials to help physical therapists around the world mark this year’s World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September.

Large or small, members can support each other says NACR regional Chair

04 Jun 2014

The role of WCPT’s North America Caribbean Region (NACR) in moving physical therapy forward in young and developing organisations cannot be over-emphasised, said the region’s Chair at its General Meeting in Miami in May.

Front, left to right: Maria Louisa Busuttil, Marilyn Moffat, Tina Lambrecht, Sarah Bazin, Roland Craps. Back row: David Gorria, Georges Boueri, Brenda Myers.

Strong for Europe: WCPT's European regional conference shares knowledge in Copenhagen

02 Jun 2014

It’s 23 years since Eckhardt Boehle attended his first WCPT European Region meeting in Paris, and this May he attended his last. The region’s general meeting held in Copenhagen, Denmark, was an opportunity for Boehle, representing the Deutscher Verband fuer Physiotherapie, to reflect on how far the region has come.

Health professionals from all over the world gathered in Geneva to discuss regulation.

Regulation is a top priority, global health professional associations agree

21 May 2014

Global leaders of the main health professions, including physical therapy, have urged their members to pay more attention to regulation issues and the need to implement the right systems to act in the public interest.

Peta Ann Schmidt receiving a Humanitarian Service Award at the 2011 presentation ceremony.

WCPT awards programme is seeking leaders and achievers in international physical therapy

21 May 2014

WCPT is seeking nominations for its awards programme, recognising outstanding contributions and leadership at an international level by physical therapists and groups of physical therapists.