Slovenia

The Slovenian Association of Physiotherapists (Društvo fizioterapevtov Slovenije), organised several events around the country to celebrate World Physical Therapy Day 2015 with 34 activities taking place. This was an opportunity for Slovenian physical therapists to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.

  • An article about physiotherapy in Slovenia was published in Newspaper Delo – Science: People are meant to be able to move - how to preserve this ability and how to restore it when it weakens.
  • A leaflet on “What is physiotherapy?” was prepared to inform the public about the profession.
  • Interviews with local newspapers and national television stations took place.
  • At the national hospitals in Ljubljana, Maribor, Celje, Novo mesto, Trbovlje, Murska Sobota, outpatient departments, spa resorts and rehabilitation centres around the country physical therapists offered advice about active breaks during time at work and demonstrated various functional testing (pelvic floor muscles, posture, balance). Various PT techniques and treatments were presented.
  • Several physiotherapists in the private section offered an open door day to promote the profession. 
  • Students and teachers from University of Ljubljana Physiotherapy Department and physiotherapists from the National Institute for Public Health conducted performance tests at downtown Ljubljana, such as a 10-metre walk test, back scratch test, arm curl test, and chair sit-and-reach test.