WCPT Congress Update - Sunday 11 May 2019


WCPT Congress Update

Sunday 11 May 2019 

WCPT2019 opening ceremony celebrates diversity in #globalPT

A sensational display of breakdancing by performer Redo brought the audience at the WCPT Congress 2019 opening ceremony to their feet in the Geneva Arena on 10 May.

WCPT Chief Executive Officer Jonathon Kruger said: ‘The opening ceremony was a celebration of all that’s great in the global physical therapy community. The presentations gave us all an opportunity to reflect on the past and look forward to how we’re growing and developing.

‘Weaving diversity and inclusion throughout the evening shows how far we’ve come.'

Watch the video highlights of the opening ceremony: https://www.wcpt.org/news/breakdancing-alp-horns-and-flag-throwers-open-WCPT-Congress-2019



Delegates hear Direct Access is a global ambition

Direct Access to physical therapy for patients is a global ambition with 76% of WCPT’s membership organisations offering different types of DA to patients and 24% with no DA model currently.

More: https://www.wcpt.org/news/delegates-hear-direct-access-is-a-global-ambition



'Take every opportunity to encourage active lifestyles'

Presenters from Australia, Canada, Uganda, and the UK came together to deliver a clear message to physical therapists around the world at the focused symposia session on physical activity – every opportunity must be taken to encourage people to lead active lifestyles.

More: https://www.wcpt.org/news/take-every-opportunity-to-encourage-active-lifestyles




Did you know...

Here's a few facts and figures about WCPT Congress 2019.

· 4,500 delegates from 131 countries

· 65% of delegates are women

· More than 60% attending their first WCPT congress

· 1,864 presenters

· 61% of chairs/speakers are women

· 2,033 people submitted an abstract

· 364 abstract reviewers

· 49 abstract mentors

· 33 people received a bursary to help them attend



Get your name written in Arabic


Can you beat this activity level?

Get your name handwritten in Arabic by a calligrapher and take home a souvenir of #WCPT2019.

Visit the Emirates Physiotherapy Society stand on 11 May and a calligrapher will write your name in Arabic.

Dubai is the location for #WCPT2021 and the Emirates Physiotherapy Society will be our hosts.

Make a diary date: 8-10 April 2021.


Our volunteer manager Rachael Hughes clocked up an amazing activity level on 10 May - making sure our volunteers were briefed and everything was in place for the opening ceremony and the start of congress.

She took 32,315 steps, climbed the equivalent of 68 floors, and covered 22.2km.

Why not share your #WCPT2019 activity level with us on social media?


Call for committee members for WCPT Congress 2021

If you've been inspired by the programme at congress, why not get involved with the WCPT Congress Programme Committee (CPC) and help develop the programme for WCPT Congress 2021 in Dubai.

CPC members must be able to serve from July 2019 until the end of the congress evaluation period in 2021. They will be expected to join a face-to-face meeting in September 2019 to start preparations for the WCPT Congress 2021. The provisional dates for this meeting are 7/8 or 28/29 September.

For more details, including eligibility criteria and the application process: www.wcpt.org/node/176873 

WCPT Congress 2021 will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, from 8-10 April 2021.




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