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Congress proceedings provide an international resource for the profession

20 Jul 2015

Proceedings from the WCPT Congress in Singapore are now available for physical therapists around the world to use as a free professional resource.

WCPT's new Executive Board gets to work

20 Jul 2015

WCPT’s new Executive Board met for the first time in June, just eight weeks after their election at the WCPT General Meeting in Singapore. As well as getting down to business – establishing a finance committee and deciding to set up a membership committee – the board set the groundwork for working together in the future.

The message for World Physical Therapy Day 2015: fulfilling potential

20 Jul 2015

WCPT has launched its new toolkit of materials for World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September. The suggested focus for this year is “Fulfilling potential”.

Online amputation rehabilitation course attracts 7000 physical therapists

20 Jul 2015

More than 7,000 physical therapists from around the world took part in a massive online open course on rehabilitation for people with amputations, run by the International Committee of the Red Cross with Physiopedia and awarded continuing education units by WCPT.

Campaign to protect health workers is a priority for the International Committee of the Red Cross

20 Jul 2015

WCPT has re-committed its support for the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements’ campaign to end violence against patients and health workers. The Confederation was represented at a meeting of international health care organisations that have signed up to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Health Care in Danger (HCID) campaign.

Marilyn Moffat addressing delegates at the closing ceremony of the WCPT Congress in May this year

Former WCPT President honoured with endowed chair in her name

20 Jul 2015

A new endowed chair has been established at New York University (NYU) in honour of Marilyn Moffat, Professor of Physical Therapy at NYU and former President of WCPT.

"We are trying to bounce back" say Nepal physiotherapists

20 Jul 2015

Physiotherapists in Nepal report that their country is beginning to recover from the devastating earthquake and aftershock that hit in April and May, and that rehabilitation of injured people is a national priority in the rebuilding process.

People in Norway to get direct access to physical therapists without referral

20 Jul 2015

Physical therapists in Norway are celebrating news that people in Norway will soon have direct access to physiotherapists without referral, following government proposals to improve public health and speed access to health professionals.

WCPT art and health exhibition: winners on show

16 Jul 2015

Winners of WCPT’s 2015 art and health competition received certificates and had their entries on show during the WCPT Congress in Singapore in May.

Around the world in 60 days

02 Jul 2015

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President My first two months as WCPT President have taken me to events in Geneva, Japan, Canada and the US, and it has been wonderful to experience diverse groups of clinicians and researchers from around the globe coming together in different and productive ways.

New videos profile WCPT's history, achievements and ambitions

01 Jun 2015

Two new videos from WCPT profile the Confederation’s history, ambitions and achievements over the past four years.

The best of times: thoughts from WCPT Congress

22 May 2015

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President It’s hard to believe it’s all over. The WCPT Congress 2015 in Singapore was the culmination of four years’ planning and consideration and what a success it was. Thank you to the 3,500 physical therapists from around the world who took part.

WCPT launches new infographics profiling the profession globally

18 May 2015

New data collected from WCPT’s member organisations indicates that direct access to physical therapy services is permitted in 59% of countries and physical therapists are educated for autonomous practice in 63% of countries. This is based on returns from 93 of WCPT's member organisations.

WCPT's new President looks to the future

14 May 2015

WCPT’s new President has spoken of her commitment to encouraging the next generation of physical therapy leaders in a short interview filmed after the WCPT Congress in Singapore.

Planning for physical therapy demand is "challenging" worldwide

04 May 2015

How do you address shortages of physical therapists, and how can countries plan ahead so that their physical therapy resource needs are met?

PEDro celebrates birthday at congress

03 May 2015

PEDro, the internationally acclaimed physical therapy evidence database, is exhibiting at the WCPT Congress as it celebrates its 15th birthday.

Exercise adherence: knowing isn’t doing

03 May 2015

Why is long-term exercise adherence so difficult to achieve? The question has long eluded easy answers – but physical therapists may need to pay more attention to patient perceptions of why adherence breaks down, a focused symposium heard on Sunday.

Jonathon Kruger

Advocacy a "key skill" for physical therapists

03 May 2015

Advocacy is a key issue for physical therapists around the world. “The better we do it, the better we serve the communities who need us.”

Joint effort by physical therapists builds exercise library for all to share

03 May 2015

A website produced by physical therapists enables professional colleagues to compile individualised exercise programmes for their patients. And at the WCPT Congress its developers are spreading the word about a new version of the free software, allowing physical therapists to send the programmes to patients’ mobile devices.

Outstanding contributions to physical therapy recognised in WCPT Awards

03 May 2015

Norwegian physical therapist Kari Bø has been awarded the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s highest honour for her highly influential work in women’s health.