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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.

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.
Children in Sudan playing with submunitions in a cluster bomb container. Picture courtesy Peter Moszynski, ICBL

A new call to arms on landmines

29 Apr 2009

WCPT is building on its long-standing concerns about the devastating effects of landmines by developing a policy statement calling for a ban on their production, sale and use.
 
Covering the consequences of armed conflict, landmines and other weapons of war, the statement will aim to raise awareness about the issues surrounding weapons of war, how they crucially affect physical therapists, and the stance that the profession takes on their manufacture and use.
 

Confusion surrounding title "physical therapist" in Ireland

29 Apr 2009

Irish physiotherapists are warning that people who call themselves “physical therapists” are not always members of the profession.
 
Since its establishment, WCPT has always asserted that the titles physical therapist or physiotherapist, and abbreviations and translations of these, are the sole preserve of persons who hold recognised qualifications approved by national professional associations which are members of WCPT.
 
Pictured during the WCPT Executive Committee meeting in London (from left): Mabel Yvonne Espinel Gonzalez, Sylvia Kambalametore and Sandra Thornhill.

Reports from the WCPT Executive Committee meeting

29 Apr 2009

Among subjects discussed at April's WCPT's Executive Commitee meeting in London were tools to help member organisations in their attempts to achieve regulation, new guidelines for accrediting education programmes, and the forthcoming WCPT Awards.
Traditional Indian dancers perform during the WCPT Asia Western Pacific Congress.

Mumbai hosts AWP Congress

29 Apr 2009

More than 1,000 delegates attended the WCPT Asia Western Pacific Congress, hosted by the Indian Association of Physiotherapists (IAP) in Mumbai in January.
 
Pictured (from left): Hua-Fang Liao, Associate Professor at the School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy; Suh-Fang Jeng, Professor and Chair at the School and Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy; Catherine Sykes, Professional Policy Consultant, WCPT; Kwan-Hua Lin, Director Department of Physiotherapy, National Taiwan University Hospital

ICF takes centre stage in Taiwan

29 Apr 2009

WCPT policy consultant Catherine Sykes was invited to present a paper at the first conference on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) held in Taiwan in March.
 

A winning image of physical therapy in practice

29 Apr 2009

An image of a Korean physical therapist treating a baby with cerebral palsy and leukomalacia is the winner of WCPT’s first worldwide photography competition. The picture was taken by Muhammad Irfan during a Bobath course in Indonesia.

WCPT joins forces for policy summit on scope of practice

29 Apr 2009

WCPT is joining with the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) to hold an international summit examining direct access and the scope of practice of physical therapists, how it is being extended, and what is driving changes to it.

Photo courtesy Nepal Tourism Board

Career peak in the Himalayas

29 Apr 2009

A new position has been created for a physical therapy teacher in Nepal, who will make a lasting contribution to the development of the profession in the country.
 
Seconded by the United Mission to Nepal (UMN) to Kathmandu University School of Medical Sciences in Dhulikhe, the physical therapist filling the unpaid position will work with Nepali teaching staff to lead the implementation of the four and a half year Bachelor course in physiotherapy.
 

New focus on role of physical therapy in palliative care

29 Apr 2009

The relief of symptoms in terminally ill patients through physiotherapy is an important but often overlooked aspect of multi-professional palliative care. Now the subject is to be addressed at a special meeting of the European Association for Palliative Care.
 

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