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WCPT Chief Executive Officer Jonathon Kruger

WCPT announces new Chief Executive Officer

21 Jun 2016

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy has appointed Jonathon Kruger as its new Chief Executive Officer. He takes up the position in London on 1st August.

World Physical Therapy Day 2016. Photo: Shirley Fong

Adding life to years: WCPT launches World Physical Therapy Day resources and downloads

15 Jun 2016

WCPT has launched the toolkit for this year's World Physical Therapy Day, with posters, leaflets and an infographic now available.

WCPT has launched a new video as part of the call for abstracts

WCPT launches call for abstracts for Congress 2017 in Cape Town

01 Jun 2016

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy is launching its call for abstracts for the WCPT Congress 2017 in South Africa, with the online submission system to open in August.

The sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: WHO/L Cipriani

WCPT welcomes plans for healthy ageing and workforce planning at the World Health Assembly

31 May 2016

WCPT has highlighted the importance of robust data for rehabilitation personnel, direct access to physical therapy, and active ageing at the sixty-ninth World Health Assembly in Switzerland.

Margot Skinner (left) and Margaret Grant, who co-chaired the first session at the WHPA conference

Engage with governments on trade agreements, health professions told at regulation conference

26 May 2016

Trade agreements have a major international effect on health and the ability of health professionals to work in other countries. So national professional and regulatory bodies need to be more engaged with governments to ensure new agreements promote quality health services.

Three major earthquakes have struck Ecuador since 16th April. Photo: Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Fisioterapia

Physical therapists continue aid effort following Ecuador earthquakes

20 May 2016

The Sociedad Ecuatoriana de Fisioterapia (SEF) has announced a second field trip for physical therapist volunteers to help the injured and homeless along Ecuador's Pacific coast.

Health care in danger photo © European Union 2014 - European Parliament

WCPT signs United Nations open letter following Syria hospital attack

12 May 2016

WCPT has put its name to an open letter to all UN member states, calling on them to take measures to protect patients, health workers and health facilities during armed conflict.

One year on: Emma Stokes pictured after her election at the WCPT Congress in Singapore, May 2015

Thank you for your part in a transformative year

05 May 2016

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President The new WCPT Board took office on 4th May 2015. It is hard to imagine that a full year has gone by. It has been remarkable time, transformative and full of energy.

The consultation ends and a new strategic plan moves WCPT forward

26 Apr 2016

WCPT’s draft strategic plan for the next four years has received an overwhelmingly positive response from member organisations, regions, subgroups and networks.

WCPT offers information and support in wake of Japan and Ecuador earthquakes

26 Apr 2016

New WCPT resources on disaster management are helping inform the physical therapy response to recent earthquakes.

List of the most essential assistive products is decided at WHO meeting

26 Apr 2016

WCPT represented the physical therapy profession at a World Health Organization consensus meeting to finalise a list of assistive products which member states should make widely available.

WCPT emphasises the contribution of physical therapy in NCD response

26 Apr 2016

Professions and organisations with expertise in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) discussed ways of putting these conditions at the heart of national health priorities at a World Health Organization “virtual dialogue meeting”.

The honoured physical therapists (from left): Kay Ahern, Mary Christman with a Haitian colleague, and Antoinette Sander.

Physical therapists honoured for commitment to overseas voluntary work

26 Apr 2016

Three physical therapists have been honoured for their commitment to improving global health through their voluntary work in the education, training, and professional development of health workers in resource-scarce countries.

WCPT's European Region signs a historic agreement with doctors' organisation

26 Apr 2016

WCPT’s European Region has signed a ground-breaking agreement with a key European doctors’ organisation, to cooperate and campaign together on matters of mutual interest.

Africa region supports Sierra Leone physical therapists in move towards a degree

26 Apr 2016

WCPT’s Africa Region is supporting physiotherapists in Sierra Leone in a move to establish a professional association and BSc degree programme. There are currently only four trained Sierra Leonean physiotherapists in a country with around 450,000 people with disabilities.

New world report on obesity has implications for physical therapists, says child health group

26 Apr 2016

All six recommendations to governments in the World Health Organization’s report on childhood obesity are relevant to physical therapy, and should prompt professionals to consider their role in prevention and treatment.

The legacy of Brenda Myers: a stronger, larger organisation

30 Mar 2016

Brenda Myers has left WCPT after 21 years of service as its Secretary General. She announced her decision to WCPT member organisations in September, saying that it had been a privilege to work for WCPT but it was now time for a new chapter in her life and other adventures.

New WCPT report advocates for PT involvement in disaster management

18 Mar 2016

Physical therapists should be considered central to disaster management, and an intrinsic part of planning for and responding to events such as earthquakes and floods. That is the message of a major new WCPT publication.

An ICRC Orthopaedic Centre in Kabul, Afghanistan. Picture: ICRC/Jacob Simkin

Protect health workers in conflict zones, says WCPT in new pledge

17 Mar 2016

WCPT has pledged its support to the international Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) campaign raising awareness of the impact of violence on health professionals in conflict areas.

New plan for WCPT charts path to a stronger international community

08 Mar 2016

A new WCPT strategic plan looks ahead to the Confederation developing a stronger global community of physical therapists, building influence for the Confederation and the profession, and supporting the profession with increased knowledge-sharing.