WCPT E-Update - June 2019

WCPT Eupdate
WCPT E-Update - June 2019
Chronic pain is the theme for World Physical Therapy Day 2019
Chronic pain is the theme for this year's World Physical Therapy Day (WPTD) on 8 September.
  • chronic pain is a significant global health burden
  • across the globe, low back pain causes more disability than any other condition
Physical therapy and physical therapists can help people with chronic pain develop the skills they need to manage and take control of their condition, increase their activity, and improve their quality of life.

Materials for WPTD2019 will be available, in a number of languages, shortly on WCPT's website.
WCPT speaks out at World Health Assembly

WCPT worked in conjunction with a number of international health care organisations to produce and deliver six statements at the recent World Health Assembly, WHA72.

WCPT was represented at WHA72 by President Emma Stokes, Chief Executive Officer Jonathon Kruger, and Professional Adviser Pablo Davo Cabra. WHA72 took place in Geneva, Switzerland, 20-28 May.

Jonathon Kruger said: ‘We need strong public healthcare systems, addressing the needs of the most vulnerable, supported and delivered by qualified, regulated, and effective healthcare workers. Physical therapy and physical therapists are key to the development and delivery of rehabilitation around the world. By working collaboratively, WCPT helps ensure the value and contribution of physical therapists is recognised and amplifies the role of our member organsiations.’

Read the news story
Colombian university is first in the Americas to receive WCPT accreditation
The Universidad del Rosario in Colombia has become the first academic institution in the Americas to receive accreditation from WCPT.

Although the university had received a certificate of quality from the Colombian government, it started the process to gain WCPT accreditation in 2017.

Israel Cruz Velandia, professor in the university's physical therapy programme, said: 'The WCPT model evaluates the quality of teaching-learning specifically in physiotherapy. Under this system the institutional regulatory framework, the academic staff, the development of the curriculum, the community of students and graduates, the progress in technology and infrastructure and the clinical training of students in physiotherapy are evaluated.'

Read the news story on Universidad del Rosario website.
Livestreaming congress sessions proves a success
For the first time, WCPT livestreamed 11 focused symposia sessions during WCPT Congress 2019.

Between 11-13 May, the livestream videos were played 11,733 times – many of the views were from people in Switzerland (4,926). And 6,807 views were from people in other parts of the world, indicating significant interest in these sessions from people who were not attending congress. 

Since 13 May, the livestreams have been played a further 2,524 times. View the livestreams 

Congress proceedings will be made available online and open access during July. 
The Lancet publishes series on gender equality, norms, and health
The latest series from The Lancet focuses on gender equality, norms, and health. It aims to inform the global health community of the critical need and effective actions to recognise and transform restrictive gender norms and gender inequalities.

Access the series
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