Professor Aimée Stewart

WCPT appoints chair of congress planning committee

South African physical therapist Professor Aimée Stewart has been appointed Chair of the committee that will decide the content of the next WCPT Congress in Singapore in 2015. 

She is very familiar with what it takes to plan a WCPT Congress. A member of the International Scientific Committee (ISC) for the congress in Amsterdam in 2011, she will now head the new committee for Singapore.

"I look forward to working with the ISC to develop a scientific programme that reflects global diversity and has something meaningful and interesting for all physical therapists,” she said. “In short, as a committee we are striving for a quality programme with broad impact."  

Aimée Stewart qualified as a physiotherapist in 1968, and is currently Associate Professor at the University of Witwatersrand’s Department of Physiotherapy, responsible for the development of post-graduate research. A specialist in the management of chronic diseases, health behaviour modification and research methodology, she has published over 80 publications in peer reviewed journals. She brings to her WCPT role experience in scientific programme planning at the international, regional and national level. She is a South Africa National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researcher and leads the NRF Research Niche Area on the management of chronic disease and disability, including HIV/AIDS.

She was the winner of the South African government’s Department of Science and Technology “Distinguished Women in Science” award in the Social Sciences and Humanities category in 2011 and received a WCPT Africa Service Award in 2012 for her work in developing physical therapy education Rwanda.

Look out for the announcement of the full ISC in the first issue of Congress Update due out this month. Sign up for all congress news on the WCPT website: www.wcpt.org/user/register