Once again, World Physical Therapy Day has been a huge success with celebrations taking place around the world. Thank you to all WCPT member organisations and physical therapists who have sent in their reports about activities held to celebrate the day. This year's "Add life to years" message was enthusiastically taken up around the world and used as the focus of the day.
WCPT Congress 2017: final chance to register at early bird rate
There are just hours left to register before the early bird deadline of midnight GMT on 30th November. Don't miss this opportunity to save up to 0 (USD) on your registration fees and take part in this life-changing event. Tickets for clinical visits, party night and coursesare also selling fast so consider adding them to your registration now.
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities takes place every year on 3rd December. It aims to promote an understanding of disability issues and mobilise support for the dignity, rights and well-being of persons with disabilities. It also seeks to increase awareness of gains to be derived from the integration of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life.
The WCPT subgroup, the International Society for Electrophysical Agents in Physical Therapy (ISEAPT), has launched an electrophysical forum which aims to provide an interactive platform for questions, comments, discussion and opinion related to the use of electro physical modalities in physical therapy. It is supported by an internationally renowned expert panel and a broad sphere of clinicians, researchers, educators and students. Active participation is welcomed. www.electrophysicalforum.org/
Health Care in Danger project
WCPT supports the Health Care in Danger (HCiD) project, an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing the issue of violence against patients, health-care workers, facilities and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.
In the past few weeks, several appalling attacks against health care have taken place. A hospital has been bombed in Aleppo, Syria, and suicide bombers have used explosive-laden ambulances to kill at least 21 people and wound many others in the Iraqi cities of Tikrit and Samarra.
For the very first time in WCPT's history, a meeting was held earlier this month between the Board of WCPT and the WCPT regional chairs. The gathering was future-oriented, successful and collaborative. Clarity was established around the roles of regional chairs and members of the board elected by the regions. The importance of WCPT regions’ activities and their alignment and support of WCPT’s new strategic plan was considered to be integral to the success of the plan. This was a new chapter in open communication and affirmed the close relationship between the regional chairs, the Board and WCPT staff.
WCPT-AWP & PTAT Congress 2017
The congress theme is “Moving towards health, longevity, and sustainability". It offers an opportunity for physical therapists in the Asia Western Pacific Region to present their work and share experiences with peers to enhance collaborations in the region and worldwide. The congress will be held 27th to 30th June 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand.