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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WCPT’s South America Region held its regional meeting in Quito, Ecuador, over three days in November. Representatives of seven South America member organisations discussed issues of common interest for physical therapy in the region.
Health professions need to take the lead in building effective regulatory systems – because regulation is an essential means of gaining and maintaining the trust of patients.
Physical therapists need to increase awareness about their contribution to national economies by constantly “selling and telling” about the profession, WCPT’s Secretary General Brenda Myers has said.
Global health, as the medical journal The Lancet put it in a recent editorial, “is fashionable”. Governments include it in their foreign policy, charities are established in its name, and academics study it. Yet this worthy cause is rarely defined. What does “global health” mean for physical therapy?
A new World Health Organization report, published to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, calls for improved rehabilitation services for people with spinal cord injury.
The World Health Organization has published the first practical manual on how to use the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). It will be an important guide for physical therapists around the world, according to Catherine Sykes, WCPT’s Professional Policy Consultant and a member of the WHO’s advisory group on the ICF.
Physical therapists are involved in efforts to provide help to the thousands of people left homeless, injured and vulnerable by the Philippines typhoon. British physiotherapist Pete Skelton, who has worked in many emergency situations in the Middle East, Africa and Haiti, has flown out as part of the UK international emergency trauma response team. He is working alongside physicians, surgeons, nurses and anaesthetists sent over from the UK.
An array of international leaders in their fields will speak at a major interdisciplinary conference on health professions regulation, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland next year. The conference is being organised by the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA), of which WCPT is a member.
How successful was World Physical Therapy Day for you? With reports continuing to come in from all over the world, there are indications that 2013 activities have had a greater impact than ever before. Now WCPT would like a better idea of how you rate the success of your World Physical Therapy Day activities this year.
WCPT has welcomed two new networks to join a growing number of physical therapy groupings who are sharing professional ideas, experience and expertise with the assistance of the Confederation. They are the WCPT Network for Amputee Rehabilitation, and the WCPT Network for Physical Therapist Educators.
WCPT was represented at a high-level United Nations General Assembly meeting on disability on 23rd September. At the meeting, heads of state and governments adopted a historic document, negotiated over the past year, attempting to address the exclusion of people with disabilities from equitable access to resources such as education, employment, healthcare and legal support systems around the world.