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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.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon chaired a meeting coordinating a response to the Ebola outbreak in August.

The Ebola outbreak: advice for physical therapists

04 Sep 2014

WCPT is alerting physical therapists to its policy on infection prevention and control in the light of growing concern among health workers about the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa.

Dot physio: the new domain name for physical therapists is launched

01 Sep 2014

A new domain name extension for the world’s physical therapists was launched on 1st September. The extension is .physio, and works in the same way as .com and .org extensions to website domain names.

Tributes paid to Johnny Kuhr

13 Aug 2014

Tributes have been paid to Johnny Kuhr, the WCPT Executive Committee member who died in late July aged 56. He was President of the Association of Danish Physiotherapists between 2000 and 2012, and was a champion of professional development and evidence based practice throughout his career.

Johnny Kuhr

31 Jul 2014

WCPT is sad to announce that Johnny Kuhr, its Executive Committee member from Europe, died on Wednesday 30th July. He had been receiving treatment for a brain tumour.

WCPT intervenes in WHO disability discussion

21 Jul 2014

The world's health ministers have endorsed an action plan to improve health for all people with a disability. At the World Health Assembly in Geneva in May, 33 member states voiced support for the resolution. Five non-governmental organisations including WCPT also stated their support for the plan at the meeting.

WCPT announces Elsevier as publishing partner

21 Jul 2014

WCPT has announced that the main publishing partner for the forthcoming WCPT Congress will be Elsevier, the world-leading publisher of more than 2,000 medical and scientific journals and 25,000 books.

Work begins on new WHO rehabilitation guidelines

21 Jul 2014

The World Health Organization has selected six international research bodies to collect and analyse evidence to inform the first ever global guidelines on health-related rehabilitation. WCPT is advising on some of the research.

Thousands attracted by massive online course for physical therapists

21 Jul 2014

The first online education course to be approved by WCPT for continuing education units attracted 3,500 participants – with 1,348 completing the final evaluation and picking up WCPT’s International Physical Therapy Continuing Education Units (IPT-CEUs).

Africa congress addresses the challenges of non-communicable disease

21 Jul 2014

Action on non-communicable disease (NCDs) was the focus at the 10th biennial meeting and congress of WCPT’s Africa Region, hosted in May by the Zambia Society of Physiotherapy.

Norwegian association wins fight to keep manual therapy part of PT

21 Jul 2014

The Norwegian Physiotherapist Association is celebrating after Norway’s national government finally rejected a proposal to make manual therapy a separate profession from physiotherapy. This follows a long lobbying campaign by the association, backed by WCPT, its European Region and the International Federation for Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists.