Next week will see the launch of the toolkit for this year's World Physical Therapy Day. With a focus on the role of physical therapy and physical activity in mental health, the toolkit will include a set of brand new campaign materials including:
Congratulations to the Association of Danish Physiotherapists, Danske Fysioterapeuter, which this month celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Attending the celebrations were WCPT President Emma Stokes and CEO Jonathon Kruger. Emma congratulated the association and expressed great gratitude for decades of cooperation with successive leaders of the Danish organisation. In particular, she noted that the founding meeting of WCPT took place in Copenhagen in 1951 and that the Danish association had given WCPT a President, Rudie Agersnap, a Vice-President, Inger Brønsted, and very recently a Board member, Johnny Kuhr. Emma also paid tribute to the current President Tina Lambrecht for her support on WCPT’s international work.
There are just two months left before the deadline for nominations on 31st August. WCPT is calling on its member organisations, regions and subgroups to submit nominations for physical therapists who have made an outstanding contribution to the profession internationally.
If you know a physical therapist you would like to nominate please contact the WCPT member organisation in your country: www.wcpt.org/members.
The awards will be presented in Geneva at the time of the WCPT General Meeting and Congress in 2019.
It recommends a set of 20 policy areas, which combined, aim to create more active societies through improving the environments and opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to do more walking, cycling, sport, active recreation, dance and play. It also calls for support to, for example, training of health care workers and other professionals.
WCPT was represented at the launch by Charlotte Chruzander, Swedish Association of Physiotherapists professional adviser. She said "With our specific expertise in using adjusted physical activity in the prevention and treatment of diseases for all ages and abilities, physiotherapists have a crucial role in implementing GAPPA.”
Ivory Coast hosts first international physical therapy conference
More than 90 physical therapists from nine countries attended this week-long training event, organised by the Association Ivoirienne des Masseurs-Kinésithérapeutes (AIMK).
The conference marks the completion of the SUDA project (a partnership with HI funded by USAID). The SUDA project has strengthened the local ties between WCPT-Africa member organisations and there is broad commitment to organise further events to enable physical therapists in the region to share knowledge and experience, and gain CPD through collaboration.
The course will be run in collaboration with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Humanity & Inclusion (HI). It aims to provide a basic theoretical understanding of wheelchair mobility and to develop an understanding of the theoretical principles, skills and knowledge underlying the management skills and knowledge in the management of wheelchair service delivery.
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Organised by the ICRC in Geneva from 23rd - 28th September 2018, this five-day course in international humanitarian law is open to senior humanitarian practitioners and policy-makers with extensive working experience in the humanitarian sector.