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.
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.
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.
The United Nations will set a new agenda on sustainable development at a major summit to be held in September this year.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association has launched a manifesto on “Standards of Excellence in Physiotherapy Practice” aimed at improving professional practice in the country.
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.
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 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.