New focus on role of physical therapy in palliative care

29 Apr 2009

The relief of symptoms in terminally ill patients through physiotherapy is an important but often overlooked aspect of multi-professional palliative care. Now the subject is to be addressed at a special meeting of the European Association for Palliative Care.
Children in Sudan playing with submunitions in a cluster bomb container. Picture courtesy Peter Moszynski, ICBL

A new call to arms on landmines

29 Apr 2009

WCPT is building on its long-standing concerns about the devastating effects of landmines by developing a policy statement calling for a ban on their production, sale and use.
Covering the consequences of armed conflict, landmines and other weapons of war, the statement will aim to raise awareness about the issues surrounding weapons of war, how they crucially affect physical therapists, and the stance that the profession takes on their manufacture and use.

Confusion surrounding title "physical therapist" in Ireland

29 Apr 2009

Irish physiotherapists are warning that people who call themselves “physical therapists” are not always members of the profession.
Since its establishment, WCPT has always asserted that the titles physical therapist or physiotherapist, and abbreviations and translations of these, are the sole preserve of persons who hold recognised qualifications approved by national professional associations which are members of WCPT.
Pictured during the WCPT Executive Committee meeting in London (from left): Mabel Yvonne Espinel Gonzalez, Sylvia Kambalametore and Sandra Thornhill.

Reports from the WCPT Executive Committee meeting

29 Apr 2009

Among subjects discussed at April's WCPT's Executive Commitee meeting in London were tools to help member organisations in their attempts to achieve regulation, new guidelines for accrediting education programmes, and the forthcoming WCPT Awards.


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