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New world classification of interventions must take account of physical therapy, says WCPT

31 Mar 2014

Physical therapist involvement in a new World Health Organization-backed classification of health interventions is essential, according to Catherine Sykes, WCPT’s Professional Policy Consultant.

WCPT trials new international continuing education approval scheme

24 Mar 2014

WCPT is trialling a new service to recognise high quality continuing education opportunities for physical therapists around the world. When fully established, the service will approve continuing education activities which meet internationally agreed standards.

Why you should submit an abstract for the WCPT Congress 2015

17 Mar 2014

WCPT is inviting physical therapists from all over the world, at every level of the profession, to put forward papers for presentation at the world's biggest and most prestigious physical therapy event, the WCPT Congress.

What can aviation tell us about patient safety?

13 Mar 2014

What could health professionals possibly learn from the aviation industry and deep sea drilling? Delegates at the World Health Professions Regulation Conference in May will discover that the experience of these industries have real relevance to those who want to establish safe health services.

Handicap International’s rehabilitation team working with Naw Moe Wah, who has hemiplegia after a stroke, at Mae La refugee camp, Thailand. Copyright Erika Pineros/Handicap International

Handicap International striving to put rehabilitation firmly on the global agenda

27 Feb 2014

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.

Knowledge of different regulatory systems is vital, says keynote speaker

17 Feb 2014

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.

Key WCPT Congress sessions announced after record-breaking levels of interest

05 Feb 2014

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.

Time for you to get involved, as congress preparations gather pace

22 Jan 2014

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.

World Physical Therapy Day rated a success

22 Jan 2014

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.

Physical therapist adventurer forced to end record-breaking sail

22 Jan 2014

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.

Red Cross call for physical therapy support

22 Jan 2014

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.

Rehabilitation care of road traffic victims must be strengthened, says UN

22 Jan 2014

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.

Study confirms important role of physical therapy at Olympic Games

22 Jan 2014

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.

South America regional meeting discusses harmonisation of title

22 Jan 2014

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.

Time for urgent action from health professionals, says regulation expert

07 Jan 2014

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.

More awareness needed of PT contribution to national economies

19 Dec 2013

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.

What is global health to physical therapists?

13 Dec 2013

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?

WHO calls for better spinal injury rehab

03 Dec 2013

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.

WHO publishes new guide to international classification of functioning

21 Nov 2013

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 in emergency response teams after Philippines typhoon

15 Nov 2013

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.