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A vision for a long and healthy life

25 Jan 2016

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President At the moment it feels like I am surrounded by strategic plans, actions plans and consultation. As you may have seen in WCPT News, WCPT’s Look Forward Together consultation continues to engage our member organisations, subgroups, networks and individual physical therapists.

Association with WCPT is a valued benefit for individual PTs, survey finds

21 Jan 2016

WCPT’s detailed survey of WCPT member organisations, subgroups, networks and individual physical therapists has yielded an impressive 786 responses, with 81 of WCPT’s 111 member organisations providing responses on behalf of their organisation.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and WHO Director General Margaret Chan address a Towards Universal Health Coverage event at the World Bank

Rehabilitation needs greater profile in universal health coverage agenda, says rehab coalition

21 Jan 2016

WCPT has joined a coalition of global organisations to express concern about the lack of attention paid to rehabilitation in the universal health coverage (UCH) agenda.

Recognition of the profession is a global concern for physical therapists

21 Jan 2016

Three polls conducted by WCPT have revealed that an overwhelming concern physical therapists globally is the need for their profession's value to be better recognised.

Line-up announced for major health professions regulation event

21 Jan 2016

One of the world’s leading authorities on health inequalities will speak at the World Health Professions Regulation Conference, to be held in Switzerland in May. The event is hosted by the World Health Professions’ Alliance (WHPA), of which WCPT is a member.

Joint pain is the theme of 2016

21 Jan 2016

2016 is the Global Year Against Pain in the Joints – a year-long awareness campaign coordinated by the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) raising awareness of conditions affecting millions of people worldwide. Joint pain has also been chosen as the theme for the European Year Against Pain 2016, organised by the European Pain Federation (EFIC).

New action on sexual violence by World Health Organization

21 Jan 2016

The World Health Organization is demanding the elimination of all forms of violence against women and girls to ensure their health, wellbeing and human rights. At the same time, it has launched a toolkit to help countries respond to sexual violence.

Accreditation service provides a pathway to a global standard of education

21 Jan 2016

WCPT has accredited two physical therapy education programmes in China – a country where the profession is at its earliest stages of development – to ensure that they meet internationally agreed guidelines.

Looking back, looking forward

08 Jan 2016

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President New Year brings with it reflections on the year that has past and the one to come. As I look back at the seven months that have flown by since many of us gathered for the WCPT Congress, I think what exciting times these have been for me and the profession globally.

PTs launch new HIV rehabilitation resource for health workers in Africa

04 Jan 2016

Physical therapy researchers from Zambia and Canada, along with partners from Cameroon, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa have launched a free website to help health workers improve the quality of life of adults and children living with HIV in Africa.

WCPT Congress 2019 to be held in Geneva

21 Dec 2015

The WCPT General Meeting and Congress in 2019 will be hosted by physioswiss, the Swiss Physiotherapy Association, and held in Geneva, WCPT’s Executive Board has announced.

The global conversation continues as WCPT launches consultative survey

17 Dec 2015

WCPT has entered a new phase of its conversation with the world of physical therapy, as it launches a full survey aimed at its member organisations, subgroups and networks – and also welcoming input from individual physical therapists.

Having a global conversation is doing physical therapy the world of good

09 Dec 2015

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President The response to our WCPT Look Forward Together consultation for the strategic plan has been brilliant. There have been around 3,000 responses to our online polls so far.

Executive Board has "hit the ground running"

03 Dec 2015

A new WCPT membership committee was established and the forthcoming WCPT congresses were discussed at the WCPT Executive Board meeting from 28th to 30th November.

Lorimer Moseley from Australia convened a focused symposium on chronic pain at the WCPT Congress in Singapore.

Could this be your chance to run a key WCPT Congress session?

03 Dec 2015

Could this be your chance to run one of the key sessions for the WCPT Congress in Cape Town, South Africa in 2017? WCPT is inviting recognised experts in their fields to submit proposals for focused symposia – sessions which are central to the congress programme and which explore cutting edge topics.

WCPT Look Forward Together: global reach widens

01 Dec 2015

Nearly 700 people have responded to WCPT’s third poll as part of its strategic plan consultation – and the Confederation is encouraging new contributions as more translations of the poll questions become available.

WCPT Look Forward Together: now we want you to tell us about priorities for action

21 Nov 2015

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy today launches the third online poll in its WCPT Look Forward Together consultation – and it wants to hear your opinion on what the priorities should be for the Confederation over the next four years.

Stefan Jutterdal from the Swedish Physiotherapy Association talks about the consultation in a new video

WCPT Look Forward Together: poll number three will look at action

16 Nov 2015

What actions do you think WCPT should take over the next four years? With the first two online polls in the WCPT Look Forward Together consultation about to close, a new poll will be posted at the end of this week asking for your views about priorities for action.

WCPT Look Forward Together: complete our second poll about issues affecting PT

05 Nov 2015

What do you think are the main issues affecting the physical therapy profession in your country? Is it status, autonomy, pay and working conditions… or something else entirely?

WCPT gets World Health Organization delegates moving in Geneva

04 Nov 2015

The importance of physical therapy in the care of older people was recognised at a major World Health Organization meeting on its global ageing strategy in Geneva.