Opportunities for people with disabilities, the use of the term kinesiotherapy, the WCPT Articles of Association, support for an evidence database and information will all be debated at WCPT’s General Meeting in June.
WCPT member organisations have so far proposed five motions to be discussed and voted on by delegates.
The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK proposes that WCPT encourage a rights-based approach to people with disabilities entering physical therapy education, and to providing support for disabled physical therapists. It is calling on WCPT to encourage pro-disability practice by producing a position statement, mapping educational opportunities and barriers, collecting examples of good practice and providing a list of resources.
“The CSP recognises that disability legislation and socio-economic context vary across countries,” says the draft motion. “But the UN Convention is there to encourage governments and civil society to continue to work together towards a more inclusive world.”
The Colegio de Kinesiologos de Chile is concerned that the terms kinesiology and kinesiotherapist – used to describe the physical therapy profession in South America and some European countries – are not included in the WCPT guidelines on physical therapist entry-level education. It says this causes problems establishing WCPT standards with authorities in countries where the terms are used.
A review of the WCPT Articles of Association is proposed by the Australian Physiotherapy Association, “to ensure that they reflect best practice in corporate governance standards and support contemporary business practices”. This will involve ensuring that WCPT develops and implements a suitable strategy for the successful attainment of its vision and mission in the current physical, economic, political and regulatory environment, it says.
The APA is also proposing that all WCPT member organisations establish an annual grant to support the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro).
The Japanese Physical Therapy Association, meanwhile, proposes that the information-provision function of WCPT is strengthened, so that the latest information on education, scope of practice, autonomy and regulation is available promptly to member organisations.