President's blog articles

A letter from the president

24 Mar 2020

Dear friends and colleagues

Ten months ago, in a room in Geneva with 5,000 physiotherapists, I shared this Irish proverb – ‘it is in the shelter of each other that the people live’. None of us imagined where we would be one year later, in the midst of a pandemic that will affect every single physiotherapist in our global community one way or another.

Learning to be a new board

29 Aug 2019

Australia, Ecuador, Ireland, Japan, Malta, Rwanda, Trinidad and Tobago – what do they have in common? At first glance, not so much but the members of the new WCPT Executive Board hail from these countries.

Leadership is Love

22 Mar 2018

Leadership is love. Leadership is a choice. Acts of leadership are happening all the time.
– Mark Rittenberg

Building resilience following the Nepalese earthquake

19 Jan 2018

This photograph is one that inspires me each time I see it. It is of two great physiotherapy leaders: Gillian Webb, immediate past Chair of the AWP Region, and Nishchal Shakya, President of the Nepalese Physiotherapy Association (NEPTA).

Joy in Work - An Essential Resource

11 Sep 2017

By Emma K Stokes, WCPT President

‘In Sweden we’ve set a goal. We want to develop from a professional organisation that has to chase to be listened to, into an organisation which is constantly in demand, and obvious to the authorities.’
- Stefan Jutterdal

Getting ready to embrace the next two years

03 May 2017

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President

Two years ago in Singapore, Margot Skinner and I were elected as Vice-President and President of WCPT. Together with the other new board members we started an exciting journey.

One year on: Emma Stokes pictured after her election at the WCPT Congress in Singapore, May 2015

Thank you for your part in a transformative year

05 May 2016

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President

The new WCPT Board took office on 4th May 2015. It is hard to imagine that a full year has gone by. It has been remarkable time, transformative and full of energy.

A vision for a long and healthy life

25 Jan 2016

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President

At the moment it feels like I am surrounded by strategic plans, actions plans and consultation. As you may have seen in WCPT News, WCPT’s Look Forward Together consultation continues to engage our member organisations, subgroups, networks and individual physical therapists.

Looking back, looking forward

08 Jan 2016

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President

New Year brings with it reflections on the year that has past and the one to come. As I look back at the seven months that have flown by since many of us gathered for the WCPT Congress, I think what exciting times these have been for me and the profession globally.
Emma Stokes pictured during the WCPT General Meeting in Singapore in April

How we can fulfil the potential of our profession

07 Sep 2015

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President

As World Physical Therapy Day has approached, I have been thinking a lot about its theme, “Fulfilling potential”, and how we as a community work together to fulfil the potential of our profession.

Around the world in 60 days

02 Jul 2015

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President

My first two months as WCPT President have taken me to events in Geneva, Japan, Canada and the US, and it has been wonderful to experience diverse groups of clinicians and researchers from around the globe coming together in different and productive ways.

The best of times: thoughts from WCPT Congress

22 May 2015

By Emma Stokes, WCPT President

It’s hard to believe it’s all over. The WCPT Congress 2015 in Singapore was the culmination of four years’ planning and consideration and what a success it was. Thank you to the 3,500 physical therapists from around the world who took part.