Planning for the 2017 WCPT Congress in Cape Town gained pace this week with the first meeting of the committee organising the event’s scientific programme.
Thousands of physical therapists around the world got in the spirit of World Physical Therapy Day – organising activities, talking to the public, engaging in debate and celebrating the profession’s achievement.
By Emma Stokes, WCPT President As World Physical Therapy Day has approached, I have been thinking a lot about its theme, “Fulfilling potential”, and how we as a community work together to fulfil the potential of our profession.
Proceedings from the WCPT Congress in Singapore are now available for physical therapists around the world to use as a free professional resource.
WCPT’s new Executive Board met for the first time in June, just eight weeks after their election at the WCPT General Meeting in Singapore. As well as getting down to business – establishing a finance committee and deciding to set up a membership committee – the board set the groundwork for working together in the future.
WCPT has launched its new toolkit of materials for World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September. The suggested focus for this year is “Fulfilling potential”.
More than 7,000 physical therapists from around the world took part in a massive online open course on rehabilitation for people with amputations, run by the International Committee of the Red Cross with Physiopedia and awarded continuing education units by WCPT.
WCPT has re-committed its support for the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements’ campaign to end violence against patients and health workers. The Confederation was represented at a meeting of international health care organisations that have signed up to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Health Care in Danger (HCID) campaign.
A new endowed chair has been established at New York University (NYU) in honour of Marilyn Moffat, Professor of Physical Therapy at NYU and former President of WCPT.
Physiotherapists in Nepal report that their country is beginning to recover from the devastating earthquake and aftershock that hit in April and May, and that rehabilitation of injured people is a national priority in the rebuilding process.
Physical therapists in Norway are celebrating news that people in Norway will soon have direct access to physiotherapists without referral, following government proposals to improve public health and speed access to health professionals.
Winners of WCPT’s 2015 art and health competition received certificates and had their entries on show during the WCPT Congress in Singapore in May.
By Emma Stokes, WCPT President My first two months as WCPT President have taken me to events in Geneva, Japan, Canada and the US, and it has been wonderful to experience diverse groups of clinicians and researchers from around the globe coming together in different and productive ways.
By Emma Stokes, WCPT President It’s hard to believe it’s all over. The WCPT Congress 2015 in Singapore was the culmination of four years’ planning and consideration and what a success it was. Thank you to the 3,500 physical therapists from around the world who took part.
New data collected from WCPT’s member organisations indicates that direct access to physical therapy services is permitted in 59% of countries and physical therapists are educated for autonomous practice in 63% of countries. This is based on returns from 93 of WCPT's member organisations.
WCPT’s new President has spoken of her commitment to encouraging the next generation of physical therapy leaders in a short interview filmed after the WCPT Congress in Singapore.
How do you address shortages of physical therapists, and how can countries plan ahead so that their physical therapy resource needs are met?