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Quality and diversity mark final entries to the congress programme

22 Jan 2015

The platform and poster sessions for the WCPT Congress this year have been announced – and there will be a massive 416 platform and 1,669 poster sessions on show in Singapore. The abstracts accepted for presentation at the congress come from all WCPT regions and cover a wide range of issues in education, global health, research, professional issues and professional practice.

New physical therapy representation on global musculoskeletal body

22 Jan 2015

Physical therapy has a new global advocate in Margareta Nordin, who has been appointed to the International Coordinating Council of the Bone and Joint Decade (BJD) – the global alliance for musculoskeletal health.

Physical therapists help develop device to ensure health professionals speak same language

22 Jan 2015

A group of health professionals from around the world is developing a mobile phone application (app) that will ensure a common understanding of care decisions and goals between different health professionals.

UN’s new framework to build inclusive societies will 'ensure healthy lives at all ages'

22 Jan 2015

The United Nations will set a new agenda on sustainable development at a major summit to be held in September this year.

Global Health Summit will build new tools and strategies on NCDs for physical therapists

22 Jan 2015

A focused symposium at this year’s WCPT Congress will involve physical therapists from around the world in developing tools to help them take a leading role in the global fight against non-communicable diseases.

Plug into WCPT networks and advance practice

22 Jan 2015

New international networks are helping physical therapists with a special interest to link up and move their speciality forward. WCPT is encouraging physical therapists from around the world to engage with the Confederation’s networks and their online projects and discussions.

WCPT courses: a rare opportunity to gain skills from world experts

11 Dec 2014

WCPT has announced a range of in-depth courses immediately before and after its congress in Singapore next year. They will provide access to some of the world’s leaders in specialist fields and opportunities to gain practical skills based on the latest evidence.

WCPT stresses advocacy power of professionals at world health summit

02 Dec 2014

As the world’s leaders met for their G20 summit in Australia last month, representatives from health professions around the world also gathered to discuss climate and health and the links between healthy populations and successful economies.

Major change to WCPT congresses announced

01 Dec 2014

WCPT will be holding congresses more frequently under plans designed to make the world’s most important physical therapy event more accessible to all the Confederation’s members.

New healthy living app launched by World Health Professions Alliance

04 Nov 2014

A new app to help people improve their health through changing lifestyle, establishing goals and tracking progress has been launched by the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), of which WCPT is a member.

Exercise programmes free to all: WCPT embarks on a new partnership

23 Oct 2014

WCPT has agreed a new professional partnership with Physiotherapyexercises.com – a web-based service run by physical therapists that enables colleagues around the world to generate exercise programmes for their patients.

PEDro announces the 15 most influential trials in physical therapy

20 Oct 2014

The Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) has identified the most important trials to have influenced the practice of physical therapy. They include studies in back pain, sports injuries, ageing, stress incontinence and pulmonary and stroke rehabilitation.

Physiotherapists and students from Kebangsaan University, Malaysia, got people moving on World PT Day.

PTs get things moving around the globe

20 Oct 2014

World Physical Therapy Day 2014 was marked by physical therapists around the world with a cascade of attention-grabbing activities – everything from potato races to meetings with politicians; from gait analysis in shopping arcades to inter-school quiz competitions.

Safe in your hands: do we have the non-technical skills to keep patients safe?

20 Oct 2014

Professor Rhona Flin, Chair in Applied Psychology at the University of Aberdeen, asks whether health professionals need to pay more attention to communication and decision-making skills

Sarah Bazin making the statement at the World Health Organization meeting

WCPT European Region puts emphasis on physical activity at WHO meeting

20 Oct 2014

WCPT’s European Region has welcomed the World Health Organization’s European strategy on child and adolescent health, and pointed out physical therapy’s key role. In a statement made at the WHO’s Europe regional committee meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark in September, the region pointed out that diet rather than physical activity tends to dominate discussion on child health.

US integrity in practice campaign shows the way

20 Oct 2014

The American Physical Therapy Association has launched an Integrity in Practice campaign to position physical therapists as leaders in efforts to eliminate fraud, abuse and waste from health care.

Physiotherapists and dignitaries pictured at the ZPA reception to launch the new manifesto on World PT Day.

Zimbabwe association launches standards of excellence manifesto

20 Oct 2014

The Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association has launched a manifesto on “Standards of Excellence in Physiotherapy Practice” aimed at improving professional practice in the country.

Following a pathway through the riches. Paul Schultz / photo on flickr

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.