Jamaica

The Jamaica Physiotherapy Association celebrated its annual Physiotherapy Week 4th – 11th September.

This was an exciting week across the beautiful island, full of life as the physios emphasised the world theme "Add Life to Years", which was interpreted in different ways by various departments.

The week started off with the Annual Church Service followed by a delightful brunch, both of which were held in Jamaica's popular resort town, Ocho Rios.

Activities and events conducted by different physiotherapy departments included:

  • The St. Ann's Bay Regional Hospital hosted a series of activities throughout the week including the inter-department football and netball competition, Health Fair and a Walk/Run all under the theme "Add Life to Years".
  • The University Hospital of the West Indies physiotherapy department had a symposium. Topics included "Role of Physiotherapy in Healthy ageing", "Exercises in Sarcopenia" and "Sex in the Elderly".
  • The Kingston Public Hospital Physiotherapy Department's main activity was held at the Knutsford Court Hotel in the form of a symposium. Topics discussed and presented focused on the "Evolving Trends in Rehabilitation".
  • The Spanish Town Hospital Physiotherapy department had a seminar, "ABCs of Burns", which involved a variety of other professionals including psychologists, nutritionists, fire brigade etc.
  • The National Chest Hospital and The Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre physiotherapy departments also did presentations on burns. They invited elderlies from the surrounding communities for fall risk assessments.
  • The Cornwall Regional Hospital physiotherapy department hosted a few events to include a presentation on oriental medicine and an exciting exercise session for the elderly, emphasising the importance of physical activity for this population.
  • Savanna La Mar Pubic General Hospital had an open day which consisted of public education and fitness testing.
  • Physiotherapists from the Mandeville Regional Hospital and other facilities were featured on the media throughout the week to include radio shows and morning shows on the nation's popular television stations.
  • Other departments and private clinics such as Kinetxs Physiotherapy were involved in Public Education activities on World PT Day.
  • The University of the West Indies Physical Therapy Students Association also did public education by their faculty and had many pictures taken using selfie frames which were then posted on social media to highlight World PT Day.
  • One of the final activities for PT Week was the Jamaica Physiotherapy Association tent at Caribbean Wellness Day Fair on September 10th. The importance of physical activity and physiotherapy were emphasised to the patrons. Visitors to the tent, including the Minister of Health and a paraplegic found themselves engaging in exercises such as push ups.

Physiotherapy week was a great success and the association is looking towards a bigger and better 2017.