Around 1,850 physical therapists, assistants and students in 27 countries united to contribute to their communities on Saturday, in the first ever Global PT Day of Service.
A new web-based content creation project on spinal cord injuries (SCI) is drawing in physical therapists from around the world to build a new resource for the profession and the SCI community.
From wheelchair tryouts to public education booklets, from Nordic walking to screening for fall risk, WCPT has received reports of hundreds of activities organised by physical therapists to raise the profile of the profession on World PT Day.
The World Health Organization has published a new framework for public health action on ageing around the world, rejecting the stereotype of older people as frail and dependent. At the same time, it is consulting on a new action plan on ageing and health – and WCPT is encouraging physical therapists to take part.
WCPT has signed up as a supporting organisation of the campaign Healthcare Information for All, better known as HIFA.
Planning for the 2017 WCPT Congress in Cape Town began in September with the first meeting of the committee organising the event’s scientific programme.
Thousands of physical therapists around the world got in the spirit of World Physical Therapy Day – organising activities, talking to the public, engaging in debate and celebrating the profession’s achievement.
By Emma Stokes, WCPT President
As World Physical Therapy Day has approached, I have been thinking a lot about its theme, “Fulfilling potential”, and how we as a community work together to fulfil the potential of our profession.
Proceedings from the WCPT Congress in Singapore are now available for physical therapists around the world to use as a free professional resource.
WCPT’s new Executive Board met for the first time in June, just eight weeks after their election at the WCPT General Meeting in Singapore. As well as getting down to business – establishing a finance committee and deciding to set up a membership committee – the board set the groundwork for working together in the future.
WCPT has launched its new toolkit of materials for World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September. The suggested focus for this year is “Fulfilling potential”.
More than 7,000 physical therapists from around the world took part in a massive online open course on rehabilitation for people with amputations, run by the International Committee of the Red Cross with Physiopedia and awarded continuing education units by WCPT.
WCPT has re-committed its support for the Red Cross and Red Crescent movements’ campaign to end violence against patients and health workers. The Confederation was represented at a meeting of international health care organisations that have signed up to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) Health Care in Danger (HCID) campaign.
A new endowed chair has been established at New York University (NYU) in honour of Marilyn Moffat, Professor of Physical Therapy at NYU and former President of WCPT.
Physiotherapists in Nepal report that their country is beginning to recover from the devastating earthquake and aftershock that hit in April and May, and that rehabilitation of injured people is a national priority in the rebuilding process.
Physical therapists in Norway are celebrating news that people in Norway will soon have direct access to physiotherapists without referral, following government proposals to improve public health and speed access to health professionals.
Winners of WCPT’s 2015 art and health competition received certificates and had their entries on show during the WCPT Congress in Singapore in May.
By Emma Stokes, WCPT President
My first two months as WCPT President have taken me to events in Geneva, Japan, Canada and the US, and it has been wonderful to experience diverse groups of clinicians and researchers from around the globe coming together in different and productive ways.
Two new videos from WCPT profile the Confederation’s history, ambitions and achievements over the past four years.