WCPT E-Update - August 2019

WCPT Eupdate

WCPT E-Update - August 2019

Celebrate World Physical Therapy Day!

World Physical Therapy Day 2019 is now just over one week away on 8th September. If you haven't yet planned your activities, here are some last minute ideas. 

· publish this week's World Physical Therapy Day press release

· print our ready-made infographics, posters, leaflet and postcard to display in your work place: www.wcpt.org/wptday-toolkit

· spread the word via Facebook and Twitter and use our SoMe graphics to promote the day: www.wcpt.org/wptday-social

· remember to use the day's hashtag #worldptday

· add a Movement for Health web ad to your website: www.wcpt.org/wptday-logos

For more last minute ideas take a look at the activities that took place to celebrate the day last year: www.wcpt.org/wptday18.

Access the World Physical Therapy Day toolkit at: www.wcpt.org/wptday-toolkit
Thank you to all the volunteers who have translated materials - much of the toolkit is now available for download in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovenian, Spanish and Vietnamese.
Good luck with all your activities and we look forward to receiving your photos and brief reports (send to info@wcpt.org).



WCPT appoints consultants for project in Tajikistan

WCPT has contracted three consultants to develop and deliver a project in Tajikistan. The consultants will lead on the development of entry-level physical therapy education and provide clinical bridge training for clinicians and staff at the Republican Medical College of Tajikistan.

Funded by the USAID Strengthening Rehabilitation Services in Health Systems, the project is a collaboration between UCP Wheels for Humanity and is supported by the Ukrainian Association of Physical Therapy, the Ukrainian National Association for People with Disabilities, the WCPT, and the Republican Medical College of Tajikistan. The project ber and will run until mid-2022.

The three consultants bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in the development and teaching of entry-level physical therapist programmes, understanding of WCPT education policies and standards, demonstrable experience of mentoring, leading teams, advocacy and capacity building.

To find out more about the project and the consultants: https://www.wcpt.org/news/WCPT-appoints-consultants-for-project-in-Tajikistan



WCPT President's blog: Learning to be a new board

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.

Some have been or are currently the president or vice president of their professional organisations. One was instrumental in the foundation of the professional organisation. One has been the chair of a WCPT region and another the chair of a regulatory authority. They are clinicians, managers, researchers, teachers, humanitarian workers. They are mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, aunts and uncles. Between them, they speak eight languages.

To read more of the President's blog: https://www.wcpt.org/node/177436


Report sets out recommendations to strengthen rehabilitation services

A report, published by the Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA), illustrates how rehabilitation can improve global health and human rights.

The report provides evidence that key stakeholders can use to build strategies to improve the availability of quality, coordinated, affordable, and user-centred rehabilitation. It also includes recommendations for different stakeholders (states, donors and civil society, disabled people’s organisations) that could help strengthen rehabilitation services and improve the health and wellbeing of people around the world.

Read more about the report and watch seven videos produced by Humanity & Inclusion



Physiopedia offers free online course: introduction to traumatic brain injury

Traumatic Brain Injury is defined as a non-progressive injury to the brain, which occurred as a result of trauma.

It occurs when an external force impacts the brain and is most often caused by a blow, bump, jolt or penetrating wound to the head.

Physiopedia is offering a free online course providing an overview of physiotherapy practice relating to traumatic brain injury to develop a foundation of knowledge that will enable participants to assess and treat individuals with acute and chronic impairment as a result of traumatic brain injury. The course will give participants an understanding of the anatomy, structure, clinical presentation, assessment and management of traumatic brain injury based on the latest evidence available. 

To find out more about the course: https://www.physio-pedia.com/Introduction_to_Traumatic_Brain_Injury_Course

To register for the course: https://www.physiospot.com/physiopedia/free-online-course-on-traumatic-brain-injury-register-now/ 



Medical manipulations and the history of physiotherapy

From gymnastics to splints and uterine massage, the history of physiotherapy takes in a surprisingly broad range of people and practices.

Medical historian Kay Nias takes a look at the history of physical therapy through the archive of the Wellcome Collection.

To find out more about the history of physical therapy:



Call for abstracts for first international transplant athlete conference 

The first international transplant sport research conference is due to take place on 10 November 2019, and the organisers are calling for abstract submissions and transplant athletes’ videos.

This inaugural conference focuses on transplant athletes and is hosted by the Society of Sports Therapists in collaboration with Coventry University. The conference aims to:

· promote research relating to transplant athletes

· contribute to the evidence base of transplant sport

· promote the contribution of sport and exercise therapists supporting Transplant Sport.

For more details about the conference: https://www.wcpt.org/news/Call-for-abstracts-for%20first-global-transplant-sport-conference