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.
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 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.
How do you address shortages of physical therapists, and how can countries plan ahead so that their physical therapy resource needs are met?
Some of the winners of WCPT’s 2015 art and health exhibition assembled in the hall with their entries yesterday and received winners’ certificates.
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.
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.
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.
The International Neurological Physical Therapy Association (INPA) emphasised the importance of knowledge translation in research at a congress discussion.
The poster presentation section of the exhibition hall has proved a congress draw, with delegates gathering there for photos, conversations and networking.
Sunday’s WCPT seminar on disaster management had added resonance, following the earthquake in Nepal which has killed 6,900 and left more than 15,000 injured according to latest figures.
A packed auditorium at the WCPT Congress 2015 debate on Saturday afternoon considered the question: is "Exercise is Medicine" a friend or foe of physical therapy?
The benefits of exercise to combat chronic pain was the focus of a symposium session today, where Niamh Moloney from Australia explored the relationship between physical activity and mood, anxiety and stress.
As the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s congress begins in Singapore, it is calling on delegates to support the efforts of physical therapists and other health professionals in providing immediate and long-term rehabilitation, aids and equipment to the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
See the diversity of the profession, understand the common identity we share, and learn from the young physical therapists who can shape the future of physical therapy through technology.
Physiopedia – the Wikipedia for Physical Therapists – is a professional partner of the World Confederation for Physical Therapists. Go to its stand D15 in the exhibition hall and find out about its work – which includes running online continuing education courses as well as producing 1800 pages of physical therapy information online.
Now you've arrived at physical therapy's biggest international event, it's a good time to make sure you make the most of the networking opportunities on offer. WCPT is encouraging all congress delegates to get on Twitter, to keep connected and well-informed about what's going on. Here are some suggestions about how to get involved: