Dear colleagues

Every WCPT Congress is special but the 2017 congress, to be held on 2nd - 4th July 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa will be unlike any other. It will be the first time a WCPT Congress has ever been held in the Africa Region. It will also be the first WCPT Congress to be held in our new two-yearly congress cycle.

But it is the people who attend a WCPT Congress from all around the world who give the event its unique sense of global professional unity. At no other event are there such opportunities for the physical therapy community to network with colleagues from around the world and interact with international leaders in their field. It is where the world of physical therapy meets.

The South African Society of Physiotherapy is getting ready to welcome the world to Cape Town and all it has to offer. The Rainbow Nation is where you can experience the ultimate combination of nature, wildlife, culture, adventure and heritage.

Already, members of the International Scientific Committee are putting together the congress programme under the guidance of Professor Dina Brooks. They have been selected for the breadth of their experience to ensure that the congress is relevant to all physical therapists, whatever their professional interest and whether they work as a clinician, manager, researcher, student or educator.

We hope that you will embrace this opportunity to attend the largest international physical therapy gathering. It is through extending our knowledge and connecting with colleagues from different cultures and backgrounds that we strengthen our profession advancing practice for the benefit of populations and the individual patients we serve.

We look forward to welcoming you all to Cape Town at the WCPT Congress 2017.


Emma Stokes
WCPT President
Ina Diener
President, South African Society of Physiotherapy