WCPT E-Update - November 2019

WCPT Eupdate
WCPT E-Update - November 2019
Highest ever response to WCPT country profile annual survey
106 WCPT member organisations have responded to the annual country profile survey. This is the highest ever number of responses to the survey. 

WCPT uses the responses provided in the survey to create country, regional, and global profiles of the physical therapy profession. WCPT member organisations can share this information with others - including their individual members, government departments, academic institutions, health care organisations - to demonstrate the role and contribution of the physical therapy profession to global health and well being.

Copies of the country profile surveys will be sent to all WCPT member organisations who completed the survey and published on WCPT's website in December.
WCPT Congress 2021: Call for focused symposia is open
The call for focused symposia for WCPT Congress 2021 in Dubai is now open. This is your opportunity to be involved in one of the key sessions at congress.

The sessions include high profile speakers, draw large audiences, and aim to create insightful and engaging learning experiences that ultimately inform, inspire, involve and empower delegates.  

Lasting 1.5 hours, each symposium is organised by a recognised expert in the field who leads a coherent session with 3-4 speakers working together and engaging with the audience to draw out the relevance, challenges, applicability and take-home messages. The submissions should address the topic from an international/diverse perspective by including presentations from a range of countries and preferably from three different WCPT regions. 

Submission deadline: 31 January 2020. All submissions will be notified of the outcome on 26 March 2020.

To access the online submission system and download the submission guidelines go to: www.wcpt.org/wcpt2021/programme/call-for-fs
World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is on 1 December. 

The day brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. www.who.int/campaigns/world-aids-day

For further information about the WCPT subgroup, International Physical Therapists for HIV/AIDS, Oncology, Hospice and Palliative Care (IPT-HOPE), please visit www.wcpt.org/ipt-hope.

ER-WCPT Congress: call for abstracts
The call for abstracts is open for the 5th European Congress of the ER-WCPT on Physiotherapy Education. The congress will take place 11-12 September 2020 in Leuven, Belgium.

The Scientific Committee is looking for abstracts on the general theme of education, as well as those with a focus on one of the following congress tracks:
  • diversity and inclusion in learning
  • practice education
  • science in physiotherapy
Deadline for submissions: 1 February 2020.

Early bird registration will open 1 December 2019.

IOPTMH conference May 2020

The 8th International Conference of Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health will take place, 12-14 May 2020, in Helsinki, Finland.

The conference is organised by the International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health, a WCPT subgroup. The theme for the conference is Linking Body and Mind - the Key to Effective Physiotherapy,

Read the article: www.icppmh2020.com/

Bursaries available to attend IFOMPT 2020 in Australia

The IFOMPT 2020 Committee have been allocated funds by the Melbourne Convention Bureau to award Bursaries for attendance at the IFOMPT 2020 Conference, 6-8 October 2020, in Melbourne, Australia.
The purpose of the award is to make a financial payment to the awardees which will help towards the costs of attending at IFOMPT 2020 Conference so that current research and clinical information regarding orthopaedic manual therapy can be disseminated to physiotherapists in countries which are not current members of IFOMPT.
Applications will be considered only from individuals based in Countries who are NOT member organisations of IFOMPT. Applicants from countries who are RIG’s will be considered.
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Universal Health Coverage Day
Universal Health Coverage Day on 12 December is the annual rallying point for the growing movement for health for all. It marks the anniversary of the United Nations’ historic and unanimous endorsement of universal health coverage (UHC) in 2012.

UHC ensures all people, everywhere, can get the quality health services they need without facing financial hardship. It is a fundamentally political goal, rooted in the right to health. It is also one of the smartest investments any country can make.

Access the toolkit for the day: universalhealthcoverageday.org/toolkit/

Find out more about UHC: bit.ly/33ywOFj

#HealthForAll #UHCDay
PEDro: five top trials 2014-19
To celebrate PEDro’s 20th birthday the five most important randomised controlled trials in physical therapy published in the years 2014-2019 have been identified. The trials were nominated by PEDro users, and an independent panel of international trialists judged the nominations received.

These ground-breaking trials have been taken from a broad cross-section of physiotherapy practice. The trials answer important clinical questions that will change the way people are treated for a variety of conditions seen by physiotherapists and other healthcare professionals. All of them mark important milestones in the evolution of physiotherapy treatment.

Calling all film makers!

WHO is organising the first ever #HealthForAll film festival and is looking for compelling, inspiring, thought-provoking short films on a range of health topics.

The deadline to submit a short film is 30 January 2020. The list of selected videos will be announced in March 2020 and the selections screened in Geneva in May, to coincide with the 73rd World Health Assembly.

Find out more: bit.ly/34y5SGQ

International Day of Persons with Disabilities
The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is on 3 December

This year the the theme for IDPD is: Promoting the participation of persons with disabilities and their leadership: taking action on the 2030 Development Agenda. It focuses on the empowerment of persons with disabilities for inclusive, equitable and sustainable development as anticipated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which pledges to ‘leave no one behind’ and recognises disability as a cross-cutting issue, to be considered in the implementation of its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Find out more: www.un.org/en/observances/day-of-persons-with-disabilities

Read the WCPT Policy statement on disability: www.wcpt.org/policy/ps-disability