It started with a mass drumming session, and it ended with a joyful communal dance. WCPT Congress 2017 in Cape Town drew to a close in a crescendo of professional pride.
The first ever WCPT Congress session on meeting the needs of Indigenous populations challenged participants to think how their healthcare perspectives were affected by colonisation and the ingrained attitudes it brought.
Systematic reviews show that older people who exercise have 21% fewer falls than controls – and in some clinical groups exercise programmes can halve fall rates.
Men’s health is 30 years behind women’s health, but both men and women’s pelvic health are now well and truly on the physical therapy agenda.
Lively congress sessions allowed delegates to explore the possibilities, challenges and practicalities of specialisation and advanced practice – and the prospect of moving into independent prescribing as they specialise
Thinking critically about physical therapy education, research and practice – asking questions about what we do, why we do it, and how it might be different – is the positive, creative act of a confident profession.
Physical therapists have a vital role to play in giving patients the ability, knowledge and self-confidence to self-manage chronic musculoskeletal disorders.
A packed room of leaders and professional staff from WCPT’s member organisations, regions, subgroups and networks all over the world got their heads together and shared common challenges at an innovative WCPT forum.
Nineteen physical therapists from 14 countries have received bursaries enabling them to attend the WCPT Congress in Cape Town – and the results could be career changing, they believe.
Congress’s Indaba zone was busy and buzzing on the first day of congress, as delegates gave personal and impromptu contributions on subjects close to their heart.
What physical therapist professional entry level qualification is needed to meet the needs of populations? Physical therapists from dozens of countries described their diverse perspectives at a major discussion session, and debated common ways forward.
In a blaring burst of drumbeats, mass screaming – and even a quick audience mutual massage session – WCPT’s first ever Congress in Africa got off to an energetic start.
A biopsychosocial approach to treating pain has helped April Gamble improve care for victims of torture and trauma in Iraq.
Social media offers a great way to connect with others at the WCPT Congress, while sharing your experience with the physical therapy family around the world.
Pelvic floor PTs need to highlight everything they can do to help people of all ages, according to specialist Carina Siracusa.
The WCPT Congress offers the opportunity to explore South Africa’s legislative capital. From hiking to Table Mountain to visiting notorious Robben Island, here are ten ideas to get you started.
Delegates are preparing for one of the best congresses yet. These tips can help you get the most out of the event, and return to practice inspired, energised and informed.
Physical therapists from the 1969 class at the University of the Witwatersrand will celebrate a fifth reunion when they meet once more at the WCPT Congress.
The toolkit for World Physical Therapy Day 2017, including all-new infographics, poster, and booklets, is available to download.