Another World Physical Therapy Day is quickly approaching and we're pleased to launch a brand new range of materials to help support physical therapists around the world in celebrating the day and raising awareness of the role the profession plays in the health of people and communities.
There seems to be an ever increasing range of international initiatives and publications that have clear relevance to physical therapists and highlight the importance of physical therapy and the full range of physical rehabilitation services in supporting inclusion and full participation of all in communities. There are a few links in today's e-update but see also information on violence and injury prevention (www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/en/) and the decade on road safety www.who.int/roadsafety/decade_of_action/en/).
Some of you may find that these additional resources provide important global messages and information that you may wish to use in your own World Physical Therapy Day planning.
Kind regards Marilyn Moffat and Brenda J Myers
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World Physical Therapy Day
New message, new logo, new materials
WCPT has developed a brand new range of materials to help you organise activities and campaigns for World Physical Therapy Day 2012. As in previous years, WCPT's suggested theme is Movement for Health, and this year we have also produced materials with a specific message: Fit for life. We are encouraging physical therapists around the world to highlight the importance of physical activity throughout the lifespan.
The following materials are now freely available for download from the WCPT website at www.wcpt.org/wptday:
new World Physical Therapy Day logo
ready-to-print posters and flyers/leaflets
World Physical Therapy Day booklet
booklet of clinical resources for physical therapists
ready-made tweets and Facebook postings
Good luck with planning your events and don't forget to send us the reports of your activities later in the year.
WHO Patient Safety recently launched a book, "The evolving threat of antimicrobial resistance - options for action". It describes examples of policy activities that have addressed antimicrobial resistance in different parts of the world, with the aim of raising awareness and in particular to stimulate further coordinated efforts. A crisis has been building up over decades, meaning that today common yet life-threatening infections are becoming difficult or even impossible to treat. WHO is urging that it is time for health workers to take much stronger action worldwide to avert an ever-increasing health and economic burden.
The Community Tool Box is a global resource for free information on essential skills for building healthy communities, promoting community health and development by connecting people, ideas and resources. It offers toolkits to help you get a quick start on key activities in community work which include key tasks, examples, and tools for support.
Educata, a WCPT online education partner, has dropped its prices by 20% to recognise the challenges that many physical therapists are facing in the current economic climate. All other aspects of these interactive courses will remain unchanged.
This month the United Nations (UN) shared the good news that disability has been included in the Rio+20 Outcome Document as a result of their joint effort in advocacy and partnership toward disability-inclusive development.
The Rio +20 Outcome Document, "The future we want", affirms that green economic policies should enhance the welfare of people with disabilities, and calls on States to commit to a safe and healthy living environment for all, particularly people with disabilities.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) is an impartial, neutral and independent organization whose exclusively humanitarian mission is to protect the lives and dignity of victims of war and internal violence and to provide them with assistance.
Its 2011 report describes the worldwide activities of the ICRC’s Physical Rehabilitation Programme, which included assisting 92 projects in 27 countries and one territory, with more than 222,000 people benefiting from various services at ICRC-assisted centres. The services included the production of 19,740 prostheses and 52,832 orthoses, the provision of 3,492 wheelchairs and 15,650 pairs of crutches.
If you are particularly interested in volunteering, working, studying or carrying out research outside your own country, WCPT provides a list of links at www.wcpt.org/node/29608 which may be of interest. Included is information about the global email discussion group Health Information For All by 2015 (HIFA2015) along with links to several voluntary organisations such as Health Volunteers Overseas and Voluntary Service Overseas.
Call for papers
Third International Conference on Violence in the Health Sector: there is just over a month to the submission deadline of 1st August 2012 for poster abstracts. The conference is taking place in Vancouver, Canada, 24th - 26th October 2012, for more information go to www.oudconsultancy.nl/vancouver/violence/submissionguidel.html.
WCPT South America Region: the preliminary programme of the South America Region Congress is now available at http://wcptsar2012.jimdo.com/programa-preliminar. The congress will take place in Margarita Island, Venezuela 5th - 8th September 2012.
IFOMPT Conference 2012: the full programme is now available for the conference of the WCPT subgroup, the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), to be held in Quebec City, Canada from 30th September - 5th October 2012. For more information or to register now go to www.ifomptconference.org.
WCPT European Region: there is just one day left to register at the early bird rate for the Physiotherapy Education Congress 2012 before the 30th June deadline. The congress will be held in Vienna, Austria 8th - 9th November 2012. http://congress2012.physioaustria.at.
WCPT AWP Region: the Fifth Asia Western Pacific Regional Congress will be held in Taichung, Taiwan, 6th - 9th September 2013. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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