Could 2015 be the most important year of your professional life? Registration for next year’s WCPT Congress – the world’s biggest and most influential international physical therapy gathering – is now open.
According to past delegates, it is an experience that can change your career – whatever stage you are at.
“My first WCPT Congress gave me an opportunity to meet experts in my field of research, and it’s been a great experience ever since,” said Joyce Mothabeng from South Africa.
“It’s something that every clinical physiotherapist should attend at least once,” said Celia Tan from Singapore who has been to four WCPT congresses. “You never again get the chance to meet so many experts in one place.”
“I was totally amazed to see all the papers, their impressive quality, the presentation style,” said Pradip Ghosh from the USA.
“The WCPT Congress has allowed me the opportunity to meet people with similar interests, to be inspired, and hear words that continue to motivate me – whatever aspirations I might have or develop,” said Jo Ann Walker Johnston from Canada.
The WCPT Congress 2015 will be held in Singapore on 1st-4th May. An early bird rate offer available until 2nd October provides the opportunity of a 20% saving on registration fees.
WCPT has already announced 25 agenda-setting focused symposium sessions, led by international experts in their field. Among them are sessions on advocacy, cerebral palsy, clinical trials, exercise adherence, management, chronic pain, stroke and tendinopathy. Elizabeth Dean from Canada will be convening the third physical therapy summit on global health. A full list of the sessions can be viewed on the congress web pages.
The Singapore Physiotherapy Association has arranged for public and private institutions to open their doors to delegates who have registered for the full congress. The visits, covering a wide range of institutions and specialties, take place during and after the congress.
The 21 pre- and post-congress courses run by experts in their fields have now been confirmed with topics ranging from chronic pain to health promotion and clubfoot. The courses offer delegates the chance to explore issues in depth, meet with experts and colleagues in their field of interest and discover the implications of the latest thinking on practice.
Aimée Stewart, Chair of the congress International Scientific Committee which is organising the programme said: “The framework for the congress is now in place. Now, we just need delegates to breathe life into it.”
She says she knows of many successful research collaborations that only came into being because of delegates meeting at a WCPT Congress. “I have personally been greatly influenced by what I have learned about practices in different parts of the world by attending WCPT congresses,” she said.
WCPT congresses are organised so that delegates can select a combination of scientific sessions, such as focused symposia, poster and platform abstract sessions and discussion panels, practical courses and clinical visits, all within their area of interest. The programme will appeal to as many clinicians, researchers, educators and managers as possible, and allow them to use their time at the congress effectively so that they can meet their interests.
“We hope that delegates will be able to build their own portfolio of sessions suited exactly for them, embracing the scientific programme and more practical or issue-based activities, as well as making the most of the plentiful networking opportunities,” said Aimée Stewart.
With the content of courses, clinical visits, focused symposia and networking sessions already in place, the other congress sessions – discussion panels, platform presentations, WCPT seminars and posters – will be announced in the coming months.