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Global data collection shows dramatic global variations in availability of physical therapy

23 Apr 2014

A data collection project by WCPT has provided evidence of the stark variations in numbers of physical therapists across the world, with some countries having 1000 times more physical therapists available for their population than others.

WCPT editorial points to PTs' key role in combating NCDs through healthy lifestyle

23 Apr 2014

Physical therapists have a vital part to play in combatting non-communicable diseases, through both prevention and rehabilitation, according to an editorial authored by WCPT’s President and Director of Professional Policy in the journal Physiotherapy.

Roads cause massive burden on population health, new report finds

23 Apr 2014

Safer and cleaner road transport is critical for achieving health and development goals around the world, according to a new World Bank-backed report.

Linda Wolff with a patient/client in Bhutan

PT honoured for volunteer work in Bhutan

23 Apr 2014

Physical therapist Linda Wolff has been honoured for her volunteer work, improving rehabilitation services in Bhutan. She is the recipient of a Health Volunteers Overseas’ (HVO) Golden Apple Award, recognising extraordinary contributions from volunteers.

All health professionals can gain from learning about regulation, says conference chair

23 Apr 2014

With the World Health Professions Regulation Conference just weeks away, a session chair has spoken of her excitement that the event will help all health professionals answer fundamental questions about protecting the public.

Norwegian association resists plans to make manual therapy a separate profession

23 Apr 2014

The Norwegian Physiotherapist Association is resisting government moves to classify manual/manipulative therapy as a separate profession. WCPT, its European region and its subgroup the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) have joined with the association in officially objecting to the plan.

Swedish physiotherapists made the need to change their profession's name a theme of World Physical Therapy Day activities in 2013.

Profession gets a name change in Sweden – with a little help from its international friends

23 Apr 2014

Swedish physical therapists have officially changed the name of their profession and its association to reflect its modern status and activity.

New world classification of interventions must take account of physical therapy, says WCPT

31 Mar 2014

Physical therapist involvement in a new World Health Organization-backed classification of health interventions is essential, according to Catherine Sykes, WCPT’s Professional Policy Consultant.

WCPT trials new international continuing education approval scheme

24 Mar 2014

WCPT is trialling a new service to recognise high quality continuing education opportunities for physical therapists around the world. When fully established, the service will approve continuing education activities which meet internationally agreed standards.

Call goes out for WCPT Congress abstracts

17 Mar 2014

WCPT is inviting physical therapists from all over the world, at every level of the profession, to put forward papers for presentation at the world's biggest and most prestigious physical therapy event, the WCPT Congress.

What can aviation tell us about patient safety?

13 Mar 2014

What could health professionals possibly learn from the aviation industry and deep sea drilling? Delegates at the World Health Professions Regulation Conference in May will discover that the experience of these industries have real relevance to those who want to establish safe health services.

Handicap International’s rehabilitation team working with Naw Moe Wah, who has hemiplegia after a stroke, at Mae La refugee camp, Thailand. Copyright Erika Pineros/Handicap International

Handicap International striving to put rehabilitation firmly on the global agenda

27 Feb 2014

Physical therapists know the toll that chronic diseases and disability can take on individuals, populations and economies throughout the world. But what if international and national health organisations only seem to take notice of diseases that kill? Antony Duttine, a physical therapist working for Handicap International (HI), is trying to redress the balance.

Knowledge of different regulatory systems is vital, says keynote speaker

17 Feb 2014

A keynote speaker at the international regulation conference to be held in Geneva in May has emphasised the importance of health professionals understanding different regulatory approaches.

Moseley and Baxter among speakers at WCPT Congress key sessions

05 Feb 2014

Speakers and subjects for the 25 agenda-setting sessions of the 2015 WCPT Congress have been announced – following a record-breaking number of submissions from physical therapists.

Time for you to get involved, as congress preparations gather pace

22 Jan 2014

WCPT has announced it will be opening its call for abstracts on 17th March, as preparations for the world’s biggest physical therapy event gather pace.

World Physical Therapy Day rated a success

22 Jan 2014

More than three quarters of those physical therapists who organised activities for World Physical Therapy Day believe it helped raise the profile of the profession in their country, according to a WCPT survey.

Physical therapist adventurer forced to end record-breaking sail

22 Jan 2014

Six weeks into his journey physical therapist adventurer Stanley Paris has been forced to abandon his attempt to sail single-handed around the world non-stop.

Red Cross call for physical therapy support

22 Jan 2014

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is calling on physical therapists and their institutions worldwide to share expertise with physical therapy schools in parts of the world badly affected by conflict and armed violence.

Rehabilitation care of road traffic victims must be strengthened, says UN

22 Jan 2014

The Secretary General of the United Nations has called on all member states to strengthen and improve pre-hospital, trauma and rehabilitation care for people involved in road accidents.

Study confirms important role of physical therapy at Olympic Games

22 Jan 2014

Physical therapists provided a total of 1778 treatment sessions during the London 2012 Olympic Games, according to a new study published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.