The theme for this year's World Health Day on 7th April is "Universal health coverage: everyone, everywhere". The World Health Organization (WHO) has put together a toolkit of materials and messages so that you can get involved in the day.
This month the WCPT President and CEO attended a stakeholder meeting to discuss establishing a Global Rehabilitation Alliance. The meeting follows the WHO Stakeholder Meeting Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action in February last year.
WCPT believes a Global Rehabilitation Alliance can be a unified voice to strengthen rehabilitation in health to achieve the vision of a world where everyone has access to rehabilitation by:
engaging a diverse and comprehensive community of stakeholders;
fostering a common understanding of rehabilitation as a health strategy;
advocating with one voice at a global level.
The vision of the Global Rehabilitation Alliance is a world where every person has access to timely, quality, user-centred rehabilitation services. Its mission is to advocate for the provision rehabilitation as an integral component of Universal Health Coverage, and to be a strong, cohesive body of stakeholders united to further the development of rehabilitation around the world.
There is strong global support for this alliance. At the conclusion of the meeting stakeholders agreed to reconvene in Geneva in May where organisations will be ask to commit to the founding of this entity .
International conference on health professional regulation
Margot Skinner, WCPT Vice President, will be speaking at the FifthWorld Health Professions Regulation Conference, taking place 19th - 20th May 2018 in Geneva. Titled "Mutual recognition: helping professionals move more freely" her presentation will focus on her experiences of the Trans-Tasman Mutual Recognition (TTMR) Arrangement. Dr Skinner will share her experiences around the mutually agreed thresholds for professional standards and describe the benefits of the TTMR.
"The agreement requires professionals to register with authorities, so they don't have to jump through all the same hoops to practise," she explains.
Dr Skinner highlights that the agreement between Australia and New Zealand enables each country's professional workforce to come from a bigger pool. Professionals are also able to undertake courses and post graduate qualifications without the usual barriers.
The recently relaunched WCPT Experts Database, the WCPT Database of Volunteers and Experts (WCPT DOVES), is seeking volunteers who are willing to support the development of the global profession. It is an opportunity to share your expertise / experience / interest in physical therapy practice, education, research, professional issues and global health.
Once there are a sufficient number of volunteers a searchable database will be created to support WCPT member organisations and other organisations/institutes with which WCPT collaborates.
Health Care in Danger has launched a new MOOC on violence against healthcare. The course caters to all people interested in understanding the issues of violence against healthcare, especially those in training or already working in the humanitarian, medical, social and military fields.
Health Care in Danger (HCID) is an initiative of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement aimed at addressing the issue of violence against patients, health workers, facilities and vehicles, and ensuring safe access to and delivery of health care in armed conflict and other emergencies.