Networking is a key element of the WCPT Congress programme, published this week as the deadline for early bird registration nears. Newly announced is a programme of networking sessions – designed to promote international collaboration between colleagues who share a common professional interest.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
The World Health Organization has selected six international research bodies to collect and analyse evidence to inform the first ever global guidelines on health-related rehabilitation. WCPT is advising on some of the research.
The first online education course to be approved by WCPT for continuing education units attracted 3,500 participants – with 1,348 completing the final evaluation and picking up WCPT’s International Physical Therapy Continuing Education Units (IPT-CEUs).
Action on non-communicable disease (NCDs) was the focus at the 10th biennial meeting and congress of WCPT’s Africa Region, hosted in May by the Zambia Society of Physiotherapy.
The Norwegian Physiotherapist Association is celebrating after Norway’s national government finally rejected a proposal to make manual therapy a separate profession from physiotherapy. This follows a long lobbying campaign by the association, backed by WCPT, its European Region and the International Federation for Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists.
The Singapore Physiotherapy Association celebrated its 50th birthday with an international conference with participants from 22 countries.
Could 2015 be the most important year of your professional life? Registration for next year’s WCPT Congress – the world’s biggest and most influential international physical therapy gathering – is now open.
WCPT has launched its materials to help physical therapists around the world mark this year’s World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September.
The role of WCPT’s North America Caribbean Region (NACR) in moving physical therapy forward in young and developing organisations cannot be over-emphasised, said the region’s Chair at its General Meeting in Miami in May.
It’s 23 years since Eckhardt Boehle attended his first WCPT European Region meeting in Paris, and this May he attended his last. The region’s general meeting held in Copenhagen, Denmark, was an opportunity for Boehle, representing the Deutscher Verband fuer Physiotherapie, to reflect on how far the region has come.
Global leaders of the main health professions, including physical therapy, have urged their members to pay more attention to regulation issues and the need to implement the right systems to act in the public interest.
WCPT is seeking nominations for its awards programme, recognising outstanding contributions and leadership at an international level by physical therapists and groups of physical therapists.
WCPT has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) agreeing that the two organisations will work together to combat violence against patients and health workers.
A data collection project by WCPT has provided evidence of the stark variations in numbers of physical therapists across the world, with some countries having 1000 times more physical therapists available for their population than others.