WCPT courses: a rare opportunity to gain skills from world experts

WCPT has announced a range of in-depth courses immediately before and after its congress in Singapore next year. They will provide access to some of the world’s leaders in specialist fields and opportunities to gain practical skills based on the latest evidence.

From clubfoot to creating online education courses, from lifespan fitness for children to interventions for aging adults, from balance training to research methods, the courses will focus on applied knowledge and skills. 

One of the highlights is the course on clubfoot, which will be a rare opportunity to see the world’s experts on the physical therapy management of clubfoot together in one place.

The session will be chaired by Rosalind Owen, Project Manager for the Global Clubfoot initiative. Other speakers include Jennifer Everhart, Africa Programme Manager for Miraclefeet; Roksana Parveen, a physiotherapist with Walk for Life Bangladesh; Prem Saggurthi, a physiotherapist working for the International Committee of the Red Cross; and Michiel Steenbeek, global advisor on rehabilitation with the international disability charity CBM.

Rosalind Owen says that during the full day course the presenters will use the latest evidence to inform presentations and group sessions. Discussion, feedback and networking are built into the programme. 

"I am so excited about this course which will bring experts on clubfoot management from all over the world together," she said "Despite huge progress in recent years there are still thousands of children born with clubfoot each year who do not receive the treatment that could change their lives. Physiotherapists have a great opportunity and responsibility to help meet the needs of these children by advocating for and providing high quality services for clubfoot.” 

Catherine Sykes, WCPT’s Professional Policy Consultant, said: “The skills gained on such courses can be useful in both developed and developing countries. The life-long impact of effective treatment of clubfoot is huge, especially for people in resource limited environments.”

Another highlight in the courses programme is a day event designed to support physical therapists who want to explore a career combining clinical practice with research. The course, entitled “Building the Bridge: research methods for physiotherapists”, will be run by young but successful physical therapy researchers from Germany, the Netherlands, Australia and Brazil: Nicholas Henshcke, Raymond Ostelo, Steven Kamper, Leonardo Oliveira Pena Costa and Zoe Michaleff.

“I am an early career researcher myself, ” says Nicholas Henschke, Research Associate at the Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany, who has over 40 publications in peer reviewed journals. “The emphasis of the course will be on providing practical understanding and skills that will assist in the development of high quality research projects and enable clinicians to become involved in building the evidence base for physiotherapy.”

There is a rich range of other courses being held immediately before and after the WCPT Congress in May 2015, which similarly involve gatheriings of world leaders in their field. They cover: 

  • airway clearance
  • balance training
  • chronic pain
  • complex whiplash
  • creating online courses
  • electrophysical agents
  • health promotion
  • musculoskeletal skills
  • older people
  • paediatrics
  • postural stability
  • respiratory muscle training
  • sports and therapeutic taping
  • arm recovery in stroke
  • testing and exercise for NCDs
  • women’s health
  • work injury

Full details of all the courses and how to register are available on the congress section of the website.

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