WCPT E-Update - September 2019

WCPT Eupdate
WCPT E-Update - September 2019
World Physical Therapy Day is celebrated around the world!
World Physical Therapy Day 2019 was a great success and, thanks to many volunteers, the materials were translated into 22 languages.  

Thank you to all our member organisations and the many individual physical therapists, hospitals and health care centres who took part in the day and helped make World Physical Therapy Day 2019 a resounding success.

We have already received a number of reports of the activities that took place to mark the day - take a look at how the day was celebrated around the world: www.wcpt.org/wptday19

Thank you to everyone who has submitted a report. You can still send us a report (max 200 words) and up to six photos and we'll add it to to our website. Please email info@wcpt.org with your report.
Infographics on WCPT Congress 2019 now available

Did you know that over 5,000 people from 131 countries took part in the WCPT Congress 2019? 

We've produced a series of infographics with a summary of information about delegates, the scientific programme, and congress partners. The information includes:

  • how many abstracts were presented
  • top 10 topics in which delegates were most interested
  • percentage of speakers who were women.

To view the infographics, please visit: www.wcpt.org/wcpt2019/report  

Alberto Cairo receives UNHCR award
Congratulations to Italian physical therapist Alberto Cairo - regional winner for Asia of UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency annual Nansen Refugee Award.

Previously, in 2007, Alberto Cairo was the first recipient of the WCPT Humanitarian Award for his exceptional care, compassion, dedication and personal commitment as demonstrated in his work in Kabul in Afghanistan. Alberto has lived in Afghanistan since 1989 and works at a hospital run by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). 

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WCPT warns against ‘predatory’ events and journals

Rogue conference organisers may again be targeting physical therapists.

Following an article WCPT published two years ago, WCPT is reminding physical therapists to scrutinise and reject approaches from unofficial journals and commercial conferences promising high-profile opportunities.

Read the article: www.wcpt.org/news/wcpt-warns-against-predatory-journals-july17

World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day is marked every year on 10 October.

The theme for this year’s day is suicide prevention: A day for “40 seconds of action”, in recognition that one person dies by suicide every 40 seconds.

Find out more about the day and access World Health Organization materials: http://bit.ly/2n7As9j 

Find out about the WCPT subgroup, the International Organization of Physical Therapists in Mental Health (IOPTMH): www.wcpt.org/ioptmh

#WorldSuicidePreventionDay #40seconds

The Lancet launches new rheumatology journal

The Lancet has launched a new specialty journal, The Lancet Rheumatology.

The Lancet Rheumatology is a monthly journal committed to publishing content relevant to rheumatology specialists worldwide, with a focus on studies that advance clinical practice, challenge the status quo, and advocate change in health policy. All 2019 content is free to read with registration on TheLancet.com


Historian's talk focuses on massage and history of physiotherapy
Kay Nias is a Medicine Galleries Research Fellow based at the Science Museum in London. She recently gave a talk on massage and the history of physiotherapy to the Society for the Social History of Medicine and Health at the University of Birmingham.

In her talk, Kay explored some of the ways in which debates about massage, the status of touch and haptic knowledge stimulated and shaped the professionalisation of physical therapy in Britain in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

Read more about Kay’s talk: http://bit.ly/2m1kZYb
IPHA launches project to identify History's Greatest Physios

To mark the anniversary of the commencement of the Society of Trained Masseuses in the UK, the International Physiotherapy History Association (IPHA) has launched a project to identify History's Greatest Physios.

IPHA is calling for nominations from the global physical therapy community to help determine History’s Greatest Physios.

Nominations will open on 1 October 2019 and close on 21 October 2019.

For more information about the project: http://history.physio/greatest/