Professor Seyi Ladele Amosun receiving his International Service Award in 2007 from the then WCPT President, Sandra Mercer Moore.
Professor Seyi Ladele Amosun receiving his International Service Award in 2007 from the then WCPT President, Sandra Mercer Moore.

Do you know of someone who deserves a WCPT Award?

Who do you know whose contribution to the profession deserves international recognition? Has someone in your country made an impact on global health, or led the profession forward – in practice, education, research, policy or leadership? WCPT is seeking nominations for its awards, and wants to hear from you.

Winners will be following in the footsteps of some of the great names in physical therapy. At the last awards, four years ago, Jules Rothstein, the influential editor of Physical Therapy Journal and outspoken advocate of evidence-based practice, was awarded WCPT’s highest honour posthumously.

International service awards were also presented in 2007 to influential figures in physical therapy in South Africa, the UK, the United States, Chile, New Zealand and Japan. A humanitarian award went to Italian physiotherapist Alberto Cairo who has helped people recover from the effects of war in Afghanistan since 1989, with the International Committee of the Red Cross.

All the awards recognise outstanding contributions made by physical therapists to the profession at an international level. The deadline for the next awards, to be presented during WCPT’s General Meeting and Congress in Amsterdam, is in July.

What will the Awards Panel be looking for? What impressed them about Seyi Ladele Amosun in 2007 was the contribution he had made towards the development of physical therapy education in Africa. His ideas lay behind the degree programme at the University of Western Cape, which enabled physiotherapists to upgrade from diploma to degree in one year followed by a one a year masters programme. His input into international projects such as a collaborative document on community based rehabilitation by WCPT Africa, was also noted by the Awards Panel. He received an international service award.

Another example is Pedro Mancilla Fritis, who received an international service award for his work on policy. The Awards Panel commended his valuable contribution to improving the indicators of infantile and adult mortality from pneumonia in Chile, creating and managing numerous public health programmes on respiratory health within the Ministry of Health and advising ministries in Colombia, Argentina and Uruguay about implementing respiratory health programmes.

There are five categories of award:

Mildred Elson Award
For sustained and continuous leadership over a career, the award honours physical therapists who, like Mildred Elson, have contributed significantly to the development of physical therapy at an international level. It is the highest honour that WCPT can bestow.

International Service Award
Awards for international service are to honour individuals who have made a great contribution towards physical therapy internationally or within their region.

Humanitarian Service Award
WCPT is seeking to recognise individual physical therapists who have improved people’s lives through their exceptional care, compassion, dedication and personal commitment.

Leadership in Rehabilitation Award
The purpose of this award is to recognise an individual or group who are not physical therapists and who have made a great contribution to rehabilitation and/or global health.

Recognition of Service to WCPT Award
WCPT will recognise individuals who have contributed to WCPT as chairs of regions and subgroups and through membership committees.

Nominations will be accepted from member organisations, regions and subgroups for all of the awards, apart from the Mildred Elson Award, where nominations may only be made by WCPT member organisations, and the Recognition of Service to WCPT Award, where nominations are made by the WCPT Executive Committee.

The closing date for nominations is 31 July 2010. To request a nomination form and for further information please email [email protected]