The following articles relating to WCPT 2015 are available for re-print.
How do you address shortages of physical therapists, and how can countries plan ahead so that their physical therapy resource needs are met?
PEDro, the internationally acclaimed physical therapy evidence database, is exhibiting at the WCPT Congress as it celebrates its 15th birthday.
Why is long-term exercise adherence so difficult to achieve? The question has long eluded easy answers – but physical therapists may need to pay more attention to patient perceptions of why adherence breaks down, a focused symposium heard on Sunday.
Advocacy is a key issue for physical therapists around the world. “The better we do it, the better we serve the communities who need us.”
A website produced by physical therapists enables professional colleagues to compile individualised exercise programmes for their patients. And at the WCPT Congress its developers are spreading the word about a new version of the free software, allowing physical therapists to send the programmes to patients’ mobile devices.
The International Neurological Physical Therapy Association (INPA) emphasised the importance of knowledge translation in research at a congress discussion.
The poster presentation section of the exhibition hall has proved a congress draw, with delegates gathering there for photos, conversations and networking.
Sunday’s WCPT seminar on disaster management had added resonance, following the earthquake in Nepal which has killed 6,900 and left more than 15,000 injured according to latest figures.
The benefits of exercise to combat chronic pain was the focus of a symposium session today, where Niamh Moloney from Australia explored the relationship between physical activity and mood, anxiety and stress.
As the World Confederation for Physical Therapy’s congress begins in Singapore, it is calling on delegates to support the efforts of physical therapists and other health professionals in providing immediate and long-term rehabilitation, aids and equipment to the victims of the Nepal earthquake.
The WCPT Congress 2015 app is available for free download from the Apple Store, Android Play or Windows Phone Store.
Now you've arrived at physical therapy's biggest international event, it's a good time to make sure you make the most of the networking opportunities on offer. WCPT is encouraging all congress delegates to get on Twitter, to keep connected and well-informed about what's going on.
Here are some suggestions about how to get involved:
See the diversity of the profession, understand the common identity we share, and learn from the young physical therapists who can shape the future of physical therapy through technology.
Physiopedia – the Wikipedia for Physical Therapists – is a professional partner of the World Confederation for Physical Therapists. Go to its stand D15 in the exhibition hall and find out about its work – which includes running online continuing education courses as well as producing 1800 pages of physical therapy information online.
Emma Stokes has been confirmed as the new President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy at the WCPT General Meeting, held in Singapore. Emma, who was previously WCPT Vice President, stood unopposed and will serve as President for the next four years.
The physical therapy profession should set its expectations high as it faces the future, said WCPT President Marilyn Moffat, addressing the WCPT General Meeting as it opened in Singapore.
The WCPT Congress 2015 app is now live, and available for free download from the Apple Store, Android Play or Windows Phone Store.
So what are you, the delegates, like? According to the latest registration statistics available, there are 3538 delegates here, and you come from 114 countries. For two thirds of you, this will be your first WCPT Congress.