Physiotherapists and dignitaries pictured at the ZPA reception to launch the new manifesto on World PT Day.
Physiotherapists and dignitaries pictured at the ZPA reception to launch the new manifesto on World Physical Therapy Day.

Zimbabwe association launches standards of excellence manifesto

The Zimbabwe Physiotherapy Association has launched a manifesto on “Standards of Excellence in Physiotherapy Practice” aimed at improving professional practice in the country.
 
The document, launched at a World Physical Therapy Day function in Harare, has been formulated using WCPT’s policy statement on “Standards of physical therapist practice” and concepts from other physical therapy associations around the world to provide guidelines that are tailored to the profession in Zimbabwe.  
 
“The document combined the vision of active members of the ZPA with the models of similar initiatives in other countries – information that was gathered over the course of many hours of workshops and meetings,” said Carolyn Gardiner, Secretary to the ZPA. 
 
The manifesto is about to be publicised through national media, but was launched at an event to mark World Physical Therapy Day attended by Zimbabwe health service and industry dignitaries.  
 
The ZPA has also exhibited at a career guidance event for schools and colleges to promote the profession and to introduce young people to what physical therapists do.
 
Regional branches of the ZPA are planning activities to put into action its vision – “Moving physiotherapy forward in Zimbabwe”.