The Malaysian Physiotherapy Association, Malaysia Universiti Kebangsaan, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpar, KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital and Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College all celebrated World PT Day.

Malaysian Physiotherapy Association

The Malaysian Physiotherapy Association celebrated World Physical Therapy Day 2014 on 30th September 2014. The day was spent with the senior citizens at the Silver Jubilee Home for the Aged. A lively exercise session was held where participants abandoned their aches and pain, weakness and disabilities and for that moment were all “Fit to take part”. Participants danced in their chairs and played games, this was followed by a screening for risk of falls and a talk on fall prevention. Everyone felt that it was a meaningful day.

Universiti Kebangsaan

To mark World Physical Therapy Day 2014 the physiotherapy programme at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia organised:

  • a brisk walk
  • a group exercises session
  • physical screening
  • an exhibition

It was organised with the support of the Malaysian Physiotherapy Association and many other sponsors. It was open to all and had a very good response from the public, people with disabilities, physiotherapy undergraduates and postgraduates.  The dean of Faculty of Health Sciences, Professor Dr. Siti Zamratol Mai Sarah Mukari officiated the celebration. Rain or shine the physiotherapy undergraduates were all out to promote physiotherapy and health to all.

Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur

To mark World Physical Therapy Day Glenegles Kuala Lumpur highlighted the role physical therapists have as qualified professionals to help people fulfill their potential. The focus of the celebration was to remind the public that the single most important thing we can do for our health is to be active even when you are disabled or old. The day’s activities included:

  • giving away World Physical Therapy Day (WPTD) goodie bag with educational leaflets
  • a WPTD message delivered by the Division Head
  • a talk by a geriatric physiotherapist on “Active aging & fall alertness”
  • a talk by a Pilates physiotherapist on “Frailty and exercise”
  • exhibition boards raised awareness on active aging, fall prevention, postural hypotension, urinary incontinence and disability fitness and patients’ testimonies.

Other activities included a general health check, pre test screening, Timed Up and Go (TUG), 30-second chair stand test, 4-stage Balance Test and Peak Flow Test.

KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital

Various activities were held for customers and patients to align with the general themes of “Movement for Health” and the 2014 campaign message “Fit to take part”. The objectives of the day were to:

  • create awareness amongst the public about the crucial contribution of the physiotherapy profession and the wellbeing of an individual and the global population
  • promote and raise the profile of the physiotherapy profession and service in KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital
  • create an environment of togetherness with patients and hospital staff
  • educate the public about health problems physiotherapy can help

Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College

The Physiotherapy Society at the Ramsay Sime Darby Healthcare College celebrated World Physical Therapy Day celebration for the first time on 18th September 2014.