A group of physical therapists celebrated a special anniversary at WCPT2019 in Geneva – the 50th anniversary of their graduation from the University of Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Exercise and keep moving, regardless of cancer diagnosis, was the clear message in the WCPT2019 session on cancer survivor rehabilitation.
There was a lot of interest in the seminar on reframing care for persistent musculoskeletal pain at the WCPT Congress 2019. The session aimed to move forward discussions started in an editorial published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine in 2018.
Watch Anne Moseley, recipient of the WCPT Mildred Elson Award 2019, share her experiences of the development and contribution of the Physiotherapy Evidence Database or PEDro
WCPT worked in conjunction with a number of international health care organisations to produce and deliver six statements at the recent World Health Assembly, WHA72.
Watch Charlotte Häger, Chair of the Congress Programme Committee for WCPT Congress 2019, reflect on the work of the committee and WCPT Congress 2019
Watch a selection of videos, including interviews and highlights from sessions at WCPT Congress 2019
Richard Woolf, from the USA, and Jonathon Kruger, CEO of WCPT, conducted a lively session on Digital Health in the series of WCPT professional seminars – focussing on the benefits and challenges of delivering digital health.
The ability dance has to unveil a passion for movement, joy, socialisation, and boost activity levels was best described by Kara Patterson, from Canada and the chair of the Dance Rehabilitation seminar. Sharing the story of someone who had been asked if dance was exercise, Kara said they had replied: ‘Well, I had fun so I don’t think so!’
The situation of people living with ‘their life on pause’ because they fear the worse and have been told surgery is the only option to treat their chronic pain were explored the WCPT professional seminar on Reframing Care for Persistent Musculoskeletal Pain.
A presentation on Rehabilitation in Humanitarian Emergencies, reminded physical therapists that humanitarian emergencies can happen anywhere in the world.
Many of us travelled by plane, train, car, or foot to WCPT Congress 2019 but one physical therapist took the bold decision to cycle from London to Geneva to attend congress.
As the home of the United Nations and the International Red Cross Committee (ICRC), Geneva was the ideal setting to discuss physical therapists’ involvement with humanitarian causes. The discussion session on Migrant Health welcomed a panel of therapists who had all experienced treating people who had escaped disaster, war, or persecution and the unique set of challenges their situation creates.
Presenters from Australia, Canada, Uganda, and the UK came together to deliver a clear message to physical therapists around the world at the focused symposia session on physical activity – every opportunity must be taken to encourage people to lead active lifestyles.
Direct Access to physical therapy for patients is a global ambition with 76% of WCPT’s membership organisations offering different types of DA to patients and 24% with no DA model currently.
The presenters at the Rapid 5 session on education at WCPT2019 did an excellent job of squeezing the important topic of education into minutes, giving delegates a snapshot into a range of important studies