Speakers and subjects for the 25 agenda-setting sessions of the 2015 WCPT Congress have been announced – following a record-breaking number of submissions from physical therapists.
The focused symposia sessions, combining presentations with discussion and audience participation, will cover subjects as diverse as advocacy in physical therapy, models of care for low back pain and managing information to ensure excellence.
Among those speaking will be Lorimer Moseley from Australia and David Baxter from New Zealand, whose respective sessions on pain and physical activity drew huge interest at the last WCPT Congress in Amsterdam in 2011. Elizabeth Dean from Canada will be convening the third physical therapy summit on global health, and Ginny Paleg from the United States will be leading a session on augmented mobility for children.
A full list of the sessions can be viewed on the congress web pages.
“There are a number of symposia – such as those on management, and pain, and the global health summit – that will build on the knowledge-sharing from past congresses,” said Aimée Stewart, Chair of the programme-organising International Scientific Committee. “Equally there are new topics in defined clinical areas as well as important generic issues such as exercise, which should appeal across the profession.”
There were 94 proposals for focused symposia this year – a 40% increase on the previous congress. “There were many more high quality submissions than we could accommodate in the programme so we had to make some difficult choices between submissions with equally high scores and equally high calibre international speakers,” says Aimée Stewart.
Tracy Bury, WCPT’s Professional Policy Director, said that the fact that so many physical therapists submitted proposals for these key sessions is testament to how important they feel the WCPT Congress is – particularly since speakers have to cover their costs the same as any other participant.
“Their support contributes to keeping the event as accessible as possible and providing online content that all PTs can benefit from long after the event,” she said. Recordings and videos of presentations from the 2011 congress, posted on WCPT’s website and YouTube, have proved popular. More than 8,000 people having accessed Lorimer Moseley’s pain presentation on WCPT's YouTube channel.
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