Queues of people form to get their personal fitness tested on the physio bus.

Swiss physio bus hits the road

23 Oct 2009

Physioswiss, the Swiss Association of Physiotherapy, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year, and on World Physical Therapy Day its “physio bus” set off on a health promotion tour of the whole of Switzerland until 24th September 2009.

Physical therapists from the National Taiwan University Hospital made fitness testing available to the public.

Olympic athlete supports Movement for Health

23 Oct 2009

The Physical Therapy Association of the Republic of China (Taiwan) celebrated World Physical Therapy Day for the first time, with a special half-day event based around the “Movement for health” theme. The celebration took place at the School of Physical Therapy, National Taiwan University, and attracted many members of the public and physical therapists.

The department faculty and student class officers during the event at the University of South Alabama, with Dr Kyoung Kim, speaking from South Korea, in the background.

International video conference marks World PT Day in America

23 Oct 2009

An innovative experiment in video conferencing marked World Physical Therapy Day in the United States, where the Physical Therapy Department at the University of South Alabama celebrated World Physical Therapy Day with two international lectures transmitted from overseas.

Physiotherapists from Rwanda demonstrate aerobic exercises at a public gathering following their health walk in Kigali City.

World PT Day activities in brief

23 Oct 2009

Dozens of WCPT member organisations have organised events and activities to mark World Physical Therapy Day – some of them lasting a full week. Here are some of the highlights in brief.

New group on work and health seeks subgroup status

23 Jul 2009

An international group of practitioners working in occupational health, ergonomics and vocational rehabilitation is establishing an organisation provisionally entitled the International Federation of Physiotherapists in Work and Health (IFPWH), with the aim of becoming a subgroup of WCPT.
An outdoor session, during the workshop on CBR and mental health, held before the Asia-Pacific CBR Congress

World news in brief

23 Jul 2009

New CBR network formed for Asia and Pacific regions

A new network on community based rehabilitation (CBR) has been formed as a result of the First Asia-Pacific CBR Congress, held in Bangkok, Thailand, in February. The Congress, with the theme of Community-Based Inclusive Development, was jointly organised by the World Health Organization, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Government of Thailand.

WCPT creates new links to education programmes

23 Jul 2009

WCPT is compiling information about approved physical therapy entry-level education programmes around the world. It will be making information about the programmes easily available via the WCPT website.

Physiotherapy journal gains Medline status

23 Jul 2009

The journal Physiotherapy is to be included in Medline – reflecting growing recognition of physical therapists by doctors and other health professions, and an increasing scientific evidence base for the profession.

Why regulation matters to all of us

23 Jul 2009

The regulation of health professionals is emerging as one of the most topical issues among health care disciplines in the 21st century. Next February, the 2nd health professions' regulation conference will be held in Geneva, hosted by the World Health Professions Alliance and WCPT. Why should we be interested?
Pictured during a workshop section, seated left to right: Ulyana Kuka and Thereza Lavrukh of the Ukrainian Association of Rehabilitation Specialists; Emma Stokes, WCPT Executive Committee member; and Oksana Kunanec-Swarnyk of the Ukrainian Association of Rehabilitation Specialists. Left foreground: Natalia Skrypka, Ukrainian Association of Rehabilitation Specialists.

Building a firm professional footing in Ukraine

23 Jul 2009

Physical therapists in Ukraine welcomed a visit by representatives from WCPT and the Royal Dutch Physiotherapy Association (KNGF) in May as they build a professional body and a strong footing for the profession in their country.

WCPT develops resource about the global state of the profession

23 Jul 2009

Two major new projects reinforce WCPT’s role as a focal point for information about the profession internationally. The confederation will be collecting data providing a snapshot of physical therapy around the world, and compiling a register of experts in particular professional areas.

New WCPT awards programme

23 Jul 2009

A new WCPT Awards programme will be launched in September, following the appointment of the Awards Committee, and the finalisation of award categories.

A first subgroup for the Fiji Association

23 Jul 2009

The Fiji Physiotherapy Association has established its first subgroup – Sports Physiotherapy Fiji. Its inaugural meeting was held on 20 June at the Fiji Olympic House Boardroom in Suva.

IFOMT's Nordic conference on manipulative therapy

23 Jul 2009

Gothenburg in Sweden was the setting for the 10th Nordic Conference on Manipulative Therapy and Medicine, held on 29-31 May. It was hosted by the Swedish Section for Orthopaedic Manipulative Therapy, the Swedish Association for Orthopaedic Medicine and IFOMT.


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