At the South America Region congress, from right to left: Brenda Myers, WCPT Secretary General; Maritza Pecarevic from Chile; David Lopez, Chairman of the WCPT South America Region; Marilyn Moffat, WCPT President; Lesley Bainbridge from Canada; Margaret Grant from Australia.
At the South America Region congress, from right to left: Brenda Myers, WCPT Secretary General; Maritza Pecarevic from Chile; David Lopez, Chairman of the WCPT South America Region; Marilyn Moffat, WCPT President; Lesley Bainbridge from Canada; Margaret Grant from Australia.

PTs from around the world attend South America congress

The regional meeting and congress of the WCPT South America Region were held in August in Santiago, Chile.

“Both events were a great success,” said WCPT South America regional Chairman David Lopez. “The regional meeting was organised in a friendly manner and with constructive leadership, so the regional agreements were very positive for the profession.”

The congress scientific programme included more than 30 international guest speakers. There were more than 120 free paper presentations and 30 research posters by physical therapists from Chile and Latin American countries. The main theme of the congress was the impact of physical therapy on public health and primary care.

With more than 1000 physical therapists attending, the opening ceremony was presided over by David Lopez, WCPT President Marilyn Moffat and other distinguished guests including the Chilean Health Minister, Jaime Mañalich.

The congress had three main sessions in the morning and three in the afternoon, each having around eight paper presentations simultaneously conducted in four rooms. They were held on the 19th, 20th and 21st August. A total of 12 pre-congress courses were conducted in different Chilean universities.