The Global Rehabilitation Alliance (GRA) was launched in Geneva last week with WCPT President Emma Stokes elected as Vice President of the Alliance’s inaugural board.
Emma said "Today, we commit to global collaboration to ensure the peoples of the world will receive timely, quality and person-centred rehabilitation without financial hardship."
The GRA is an outcome from the World Health Organization’s stakeholder meeting, Rehabilitation 2030: A Call for Action, held in February 2017. Since that time WCPT has been working with colleagues from other stakeholder organisations to develop an international body to further the development of rehabilitation around the world.
WCPT calls for improved access to assistive technology
WCPT Vice President Margot Skinner delivered a powerful message committing the global physical therapy community to supporting improved access to assistive technology at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva on Monday 21st May.
WHO estimates that more than 1 billion people need one or more assistive products and that this number will rise to beyond 2 billion by 2050. Only 1 in 10 people in need currently have access.
What can we learn from physiotherapy and other professions about accreditation, regulation and global mobility? In this jointly hosted webinar, INPTRA (International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities) and WCPT examine the differences in accreditation around the globe. The implications that variation in accreditation has on global mobility will be explored, along with the challenges of accrediting international programmes when practice is different.
Live session: Tuesday, June 5, 2018: 16:00 – 17:00 ET (20:00 UTC)
To register for the webinar please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
The call for abstracts for poster and platform presentations is now open. Deadline: 6th September
Have you been working on a research project and are now ready to present your findings? Do you have an innovative service, practice, resource or theory to share? This is your opportunity to present to a global audience at the profession’s largest international congress. WCPT is encouraging physical therapists from all over the world, at every level of the profession, to submit their abstracts.
Developing education programmes in rehabilitation was the key theme for WCPT’s recent week-long visit to Tajikistan to meet with representatives of government, education, hospitals, and other stakeholders. The visit was part of a WHO-led programme, in response to an initiative by the Tajik government to build a collaborative approach to improve the provision and delivery of physiotherapy education and services in the country.
Following its earlier success the SCI MOOC, run in conjunction with the International Spinal Cord Society, is being made available once again. The content is now available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Chinese.
The course is aimed at physical therapy students and physical therapists with little or no experience in the management of people with spinal cord injuries.
Course dates: Starts 30th July 2018 for 5 weeks with a time commitment of approximately 5 hours per week.
Do you know a physical therapist who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession internationally? WCPT is calling on its member organisations, regions and subgroups to submit nominations - 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.
Earlier this month the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) published a press release highlighting that an incident of violence against health-care facilities or personnel has taken place every single week in the past two years: http://bit.ly/2rikXKZ.
Alongside the press release the video "Why we can't save her life" was also published as part of the Health Care in Danger campaign: http://bit.ly/2wbAQI0.
Cochrane Rehabilitation newsletter
The latest issue of the Cochrane Rehabilitation Newsletter was published this month: Cochrane Rehabilitation NL Issue 8| May 2018 http://bit.ly/2sgWl5X.
The newsletter contains an update on the Cochrane Rehabilitation activities, Cochrane Systematic Reviews and blogshots of rehabilitation interest.