The Israeli Physiotherapy Society held two study days at a major exhibition of aids and assistive devices for disabled people, held each year at the Trade Fair Centre in Tel Aviv. Visitors to this exhibition, called Expo 2009, include those with special needs, their families and care givers and rehabilitation professionals.
The study days consisted of lectures and workshops. The first day was designed for physiotherapists, with lectures discussing some of the most advanced technologies now being used for rehabilitation, many of which have been developed in Israel by Israeli physiotherapists. The audience, especially those with special needs, showed great interest in the new equipment and assistive devices.
The second study day discussed a variety of physiotherapeutic approaches including group activities, fitness centres in the community, virtual reality programmes and hydrotherapy. Attendance and participation were at full capacity during the two days.
In early October WCPT received the sad news that Josepha Danziger, a leader in Israeli physiotherapy, had died. “Our colleague and friend passed away after an illness borne with dignity and courage,” said Eli Gabay and Nirit Rotem Lehrer in a joint statement on behalf of WCPT's member organisation in Israel. “Josepha was our leader for many years and since retiring helped us tremendously with advice, support and knowledge. She was truly our elder stateswoman and will be greatly missed by the physiotherapy community in Israel.”
Brenda Myers, WCPT Secretary General, added: “She was a strong supporter of WCPT and, for many of us, her name was synonymous with physiotherapy in Israel. Josepha believed passionately in international collaboration and worked throughout her professional life to support professional cooperation across geographic, political and cultural divides."
Israeli physiotherapists turn copywriters
The Israeli association has held a competition inviting physiotherapists to devise their own advertisements promoting the profession and what it can achieve.
“We thought it was a good way to get our members thinking about ways of promoting physiotherapy,” says Chair, Eli Gabay. “It was a huge success and people really got in to it.” One of the posters devised can be viewed below.