Recipients of WCPT Awards gather with then WCPT President Marilyn Moffat (left) and former WCPT President Doreen Moore-Wheelwright (right)

Outstanding contributions to physical therapy recognised in WCPT Awards

Norwegian physical therapist Kari Bø has been awarded the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s highest honour for her highly influential work in women’s health.

She officially received her recognition at the opening ceremony of the WCPT Congress in Singapore. Twelve other awards were presented at the WCPT Awards ceremony before the congress. They recognise outstanding contributions by physical therapists to the profession and global health at international level.

Kari Bø is an internationally recognised researcher in the area of pelvic floor dysfunction and pelvic floor muscle training. A Professor at the Norwegian School of Sports Sciences since 1997, she has delivered key note lectures around the world, and has raised awareness of women’s health issues through her extensive work with the media. 
According to the WCPT citation: “Her contribution to evidence based practice has had a major impact on the scientific community and thousands of women with problems related to the pelvic floor, such as urinary incontinence.”
Receiving the award, Kari Bø said: “I’m deeply humbled and proud to receive this award from our fantastic international organisation.”
“I am proud of what our profession has achieved since I began my career in physical therapy. If I have one message for the profession it would be to work in close collaboration with, and equal partnership to, the medical profession.”
The Mildred Elson Award was just one of a range of honours being presented at the awards ceremony to physical therapists who have made an outstanding contribution to their profession on an international level. 
Diana Hiscock, a physical therapist from the UK, was presented with the WCPT Humanitarian Service Award 2015. For over 30 years she has worked with NGOs as a project manager in marginalised communities and in areas affected by disaster and war. Most recently she has worked with people injured and displaced by conflict in Syria and refugees in Jordan.
The work of Padmani Mendis from Sri Lanka in the field of community based rehabilitation (CBR) has been recognised with the WCPT Leadership in Rehabilitation Award. She was one of the initiators of the World Health Organization’s CBR strategy and helped guide the development of the programme over three decades.
WCPT International Service Awards have also been awarded to:
  • Hua-Fang Liao – Taiwan
  • Jill McClintock – UK
  • Michel Landry – Canada
  • Donald Neumann – United States
  • Celia Tan – Singapore
  • Archbold Hinchcliffe – United Kingdom
  • Mary Martin – Canada (awarded posthumously)
  • Toshihiro Morinaga – Japan
  • Dina Brooks – Canada
  • Alan Jette – United States

There are further details about all the award winners and their achievements on the WCPT Awards programme pages.

Some of the awardees are interviewed in the video below.