A major international study examining the nature and outcomes of physical therapy, sponsored by the International Private Practitioners Association (IPPA), has been completed. Its results indicate that physical therapists work safely and effectively as independent practitioners, without need for a doctor referral.
In a remarkable global demonstration of professional commitment, at least a third of WCPT’s 101 member organisations organised publicity and events to mark World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September.
The Bangladesh Physiotherapy Association (BPA) achieved blanket television coverage on World Physical Therapy Day.
A rally of physiotherapists marking World Physical Therapy Day brought the Kenyan capital Nairobi to a standstill. The procession, including representatives of the profession from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan and Germany walked through the streets in a display of pomp and colour, accompanied by the band from the Kenya Administration Police.
The Nepal Physiotherapy Association celebrated World Physical Therapy Day with a rally to raise public awareness of the profession and then a workshop on "Challenges and opportunities for physiotherapy in Nepal". More than 150 physiotherapists took part.
The Singapore Physiotherapy Association celebrated World Physical Therapy Day with a day-long public event including awards, musculoskeletal and ergonomic testing, fitness and back pain consultations, falls assessments, Tai-Chi demonstrations and give-away goodie bags.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Roland Craps describes how a momentous change in professional representation in Belgium took place on World Physical Therapy Day 2009.
What makes a WCPT Congress special? The International Scientific Committee organising the programme for the 2011 event is building on past experience and surveys of physical therapists to try and create an event that is invaluable to the profession – whichever part of the world you happen to come from. Simon Crompton talks to Ann Moore, Chair of the Committee, about the planning to date, and what’s in store.