The 2017 WCPT Congress in Cape Town has won an Incredible Impacts award for its range of outstanding legacy activities that have benefitted Africa and the wider community.
Scientists and software engineers at CERN in Geneva are collaborating with voluntary organisation Developing Physio to provide rehab skills and education in remote communities and low-income countries including Nepal, Burma and India.
The WCPT Executive Board has confirmed Swedish physical therapist Charlotte Häger as chair of the Congress Programme Committee, which will develop the content for the 2019 event in Geneva, Switzerland.
WCPT is sad to announce the passing of Inger Brøndsted, who served as the WCPT Executive Committee member for the European Region (1999-2003) and WCPT Vice President (2003-07).
Physical therapists who were awarded bursaries to attend the WCPT Congress in Cape Town have been celebrating the difference the event has made to their professional lives, and to patient care.
The world of physical therapy is mourning the death of Lorena Enebral Pérez, an amputee rehabilitation specialist who was shot and killed by a patient in Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan.
WCPT is commissioning a project to work with WCPT member organisations to review the governance of WCPT. It is anticipated that this will lead to the drafting of contemporary Articles of Association.
By Emma K Stokes, WCPT President
‘In Sweden we’ve set a goal. We want to develop from a professional organisation that has to chase to be listened to, into an organisation which is constantly in demand, and obvious to the authorities.’
- Stefan Jutterdal
Thousands of physical therapists across the world are today holding events and activities which highlight the profession's contribution to global health.
WCPT has urged physical therapists to be vigilant against unsolicited emails featuring publication promises and speaking invitations, usually with excessive fees attached.
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.