WCPT Congress Update - Monday 12 May 2019


WCPT Congress Update

Monday 12 May 2019 

Physical therapists urged to take the lead on rehabilitation in humanitarian emergencies

A presentation on Rehabilitation in Humanitarian Emergencies, reminded physical therapists that humanitarian emergencies can happen anywhere in the world and that they should not hesitate to take on a leadership and co-ordination role when disaster strikes.

To find out more about the session on Rehabilitation in Humanitarian Emergencies: 



Bursary recipients gather to share stories and experiences

WCPT's bursary programme has helped 33 physical therapists from low and lower middle income countries attend congress in Geneva.

Some of the bursary recipients gathered in the Indaba to meet and share their stories and experiences.

Night, from Uganda, had never left her country and had to apply for her first passport to attend congress. She was one of the speakers at the focused symposia session on Physical Activity.

A senior physical therapist at the Mbarara regional referral hospital, she has run many health promotion campaigns around the benefits of physical activity and is a committee member of the Uganda Association of Physiotherapy. Night is also inspiring the next generation of physical therapists through teaching and supervising students at Mbarara University of Science and Technology.

WCPT will be sharing more stories and experiences from bursary recipients on its website.

The generosity of congress delegates and WCPT's partners has helped WCPT to award bursaries to 33 physical therapists. The bursary programme for WCPT Congress 2021 will open in 2020. To find out more about the bursary programme, please contact info@wcpt.org


Discussion session explores challenges of migrant health

The discussion session on Migrant Health welcomed a panel of therapists with a wealth of experiences of treating people who had escaped disaster, war, or persecution and the unique set of challenges their situation creates.

Find out more and watch interviews with panel and audience members: 




Physical therapist cycles from London to Geneva to attend congress

Many of us travelled by plane, train, car, or foot to WCPT Congress 2019 but one physical therapist took the bold decision to cycle from London to Geneva to attend congress.

Find out more about Mandie Thomas's journey https://www.wcpt.org/news/physical-therapist-cycles-from-London-to-Geneva



Last chance to buy a souvenir of WCPT Congress 2019!

Today's your last chance to purchase a sports T-shirt, baseball cap, or fridge magnet and take home a souvenir of WCPT Congress 2019!

You'll find examples of all three items on the WCPT stand in the exhibition hall and you can buy the sports T-shirt and baseball cap from the registration desk in the foyer.

The unisex sports T-shirt costs €20 and the baseball cap costs €8. If you'd like to take home a fridge magnet, you can make a donation of €2 or CHF2 - which will go towards WCPT's bursary programme to help support people from low income countries attend congress in the future.




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