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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.

An ICRC physical therapist with an amputation shows a patient how to put on a prosthesis © ICRC / KOKIC, Marko

We can all do more to encourage inclusion in our profession, says WCPT disability briefing

10 Feb 2016

Physical therapists can and should make “considerable efforts” to advocate for the inclusion of people with disabilities in their own profession, as in all walks of life, according to a new WCPT paper.

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.