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WCPT intervenes in WHO disability discussion

21 Jul 2014

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 announces Elsevier as publishing partner

21 Jul 2014

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.

Work begins on new WHO rehabilitation guidelines

21 Jul 2014

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.

Thousands attracted by massive online course for physical therapists

21 Jul 2014

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).

Africa congress addresses the challenges of non-communicable disease

21 Jul 2014

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.

Norwegian association wins fight to keep manual therapy part of PT

21 Jul 2014

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.

Championing PT for 50 years: Singapore association celebrates with international event

21 Jul 2014

The Singapore Physiotherapy Association celebrated its 50th birthday with an international conference with participants from 22 countries.

Now is your chance: registration opens for the WCPT Congress 2015

11 Jul 2014

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.

One of the images used in this year's World PT Day campaign materials. Picture: L Duvillier for Handicap Internation

New materials launched for World PT Day 2014 – and the theme is 'Fit to take part'

23 Jun 2014

WCPT has launched its materials to help physical therapists around the world mark this year’s World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September.

Large or small, members can support each other says NACR regional Chair

04 Jun 2014

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.

Front, left to right: Maria Louisa Busuttil, Marilyn Moffat, Tina Lambrecht, Sarah Bazin, Roland Craps. Back row: David Gorria, Georges Boueri, Brenda Myers.

Strong for Europe: WCPT's European regional conference shares knowledge in Copenhagen

02 Jun 2014

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.

Health professionals from all over the world gathered in Geneva to discuss regulation.

Regulation is a top priority, global health professional associations agree

21 May 2014

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.

Peta Ann Schmidt receiving a Humanitarian Service Award at the 2011 presentation ceremony.

WCPT awards programme is seeking leaders and achievers in international physical therapy

21 May 2014

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.

Brenda Myers of WCPT and Pierre Gentile of ICRC sign the memorandum of understanding in Geneva.

WCPT signs up in campaign against violence to health staff and patients

30 Apr 2014

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.

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Global data collection shows dramatic global variations in availability of physical therapy

23 Apr 2014

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.

WCPT editorial points to PTs' key role in combating NCDs through healthy lifestyle

23 Apr 2014

Physical therapists have a vital part to play in combatting non-communicable diseases, through both prevention and rehabilitation, according to an editorial authored by WCPT’s President and Director of Professional Policy in the journal Physiotherapy.

Roads cause massive burden on population health, new report finds

23 Apr 2014

Safer and cleaner road transport is critical for achieving health and development goals around the world, according to a new World Bank-backed report.

Linda Wolff with a patient/client in Bhutan

PT honoured for volunteer work in Bhutan

23 Apr 2014

Physical therapist Linda Wolff has been honoured for her volunteer work, improving rehabilitation services in Bhutan. She is the recipient of a Health Volunteers Overseas’ (HVO) Golden Apple Award, recognising extraordinary contributions from volunteers.

All health professionals can gain from learning about regulation, says conference chair

23 Apr 2014

With the World Health Professions Regulation Conference just weeks away, a session chair has spoken of her excitement that the event will help all health professionals answer fundamental questions about protecting the public.

Norwegian association resists plans to make manual therapy a separate profession

23 Apr 2014

The Norwegian Physiotherapist Association is resisting government moves to classify manual/manipulative therapy as a separate profession. WCPT, its European region and its subgroup the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT) have joined with the association in officially objecting to the plan.