Marking the introduction of regulatory legislation in Venezuela during the regional meeting: WCPT President Marilyn Moffat pours some celebratory wine with Julio Arvelo and Xiorelys Salazar from the Federación Venezolana de Fisioterapeutas.
Marking the introduction of regulatory legislation in Venezuela during the regional meeting: WCPT President Marilyn Moffat pours some celebratory wine with Julio Arvelo and Xiorelys Salazar from the Federación Venezolana de Fisioterapeutas.

South America meeting brings region together

Margarita Island in Venezuela was the setting for the Tenth Regional Meeting and Third Congress of WCPT’s South America Region. Participants included delegates from WCPT member organisations in the region, WCPT President Marilyn Moffat, WCPT regional representative Mabel Yvonne Espinel Gonzalez and WCPT’s Director of Professional Policy Tracy Bury.

At the regional meeting, Mabel Espinel and Tracy Bury presented WCPT policies and the WCPT strategic plan for 2011-2015. “This was a very productive session in which delegates could discuss and clarify various areas related to WCPT work,” says Mabel Espinel.

Marilyn Moffat conducted a workshop on “Evidence-based functional assessment and exercise prescription for aging adults” and participated in a forum on "Challenges of physical therapy/kinesiology in the modern world”. She also took part in the fourth Latin American meeting of academics that took place during the congress, which addressed issues relevant to the development of physical therapy in the region, such as research, public health physical therapy and quality criteria.

Mabel Espinel says the congress was a great success. “There was participation by a large number of physical therapists and students, who were able to hear lectures and participate in discussions about current issues facing a research-based profession. They also participated in several workshops held the day before the start of the conference.”