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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.

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.