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IFOMPT Newsletter Juli 2013

IFOMPT Newsletter – July 2013

Dear Member Organisation and Registered Interest Group Delegates and Friends
President’s Report - Annalie Basson
It is hard to believe that half of 2013 has passed. We were very sad to have to say goodbye to Vicki after 13 years of loyal work for IFOMPT. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her commitment and service to IFOMPT. We have appointed Ingrid du Toit to replace Vicki. She has slipped into the job as if she has been doing it forever. Welcome on board Ingrid, we hope you will be happy in this new role.
The conference in Quebec was a huge success. Not only in terms of the academic and social content, but it also generated a record amount of money for IFOMPT. It was the most profitable conference in Quebec 2012. Congratulations and a big thank you to Elaine, Rob and their team.
In March I attended a WCPT leadership meeting in London. One of the topics discussed was the relationship between MO’s and parent bodies. I would like to encourage all of you to work towards maintaining a healthy relationship with your parent body.
We are all looking forward to meeting you in Cincinnati in October. The Strategic Planning Meeting is shaping nicely and we hope to have a very productive meeting. Thanks to Ken for taking the lead in getting it all organised.
The online meeting went well and the change in timing of the International Monitoring process was accepted. The monitoring process is going smoothly and the way forward is one of the things that will be discussed at the meeting.
Thank you to my committee for all the hard work. It is a pleasure to work with you.
We hope to see a good number of you at the AAOMPT conference.

Treasurers Report - Erik Thoomes
Let me begin with announcing that the accountancy firm of Greenfire Accountancy Ltd. in New Zealand have completed the annual audit and have signed off on IFOMPT being a financially sound organisation. But, perhaps the most important news from the treasurer’s office is that the IFOMPT2012 conference in Quebec has indeed managed to make an excellent profit, both for CAMPT as well as for IFOMPT. The organising committee have recently finalised the accounting for the conference and we have received a total of no less than US189,955.00 (US$49,980.00 on 7/12/12 plus US$139,975.00 on 23/04/13). This will ensure that both the Executive Committee as well as the Standards Committee will be able to continue with their work for at least the next four years. We will now also be able to meet face-to-face every year for the next four years. So again, a big “thank you” and compliments to the organising committee from all of us!
We have invested the major part of the conference profits in so-called “term deposits”, maturing in 6 months, so we will receive at least some interest while still being able to access the funds in a relatively short time if we need to. I have revised the projected income and costs for the next three years in the budget that will be sent to you shortly. Please do not be alarmed at the figures in red: they are there to remind us that we can only afford to meet face-to-face every year due to the profits from conferences. The income from the annual dues is enough for the day-to-day running of the office and the general business of IFOMPT. As we continue through the years, we can slowly draw funds from the term deposits to balance out the cash flow deficit. While we will remain frugal and be careful to make the profits last, we do feel comfortable in agreeing to have a few new expenditure items:
We have renewed our sponsorship of an IFOMPT page on the Physiopedia website. This sponsorship was a complimentary gesture following our partnership at last year’s IFOMPT conference. We have downgraded to a Bronze Sponsorship at a rate of £500.00 per year.
We have also been able to make sure Vicki Reid had her overtime reimbursed as well as her accumulated leave payment together with a small bonus.
The office space we lease from the NZMPA has been filling up over recent years and we are now looking into digitalising important and historical documents while at the same time getting rid of unnecessary paperwork.
The upcoming Strategic Planning meeting at the AAOMPT conference in Cincinnati in October, together with the moderator we have contracted for this, have already been budgeted for and due to the generous contribution of accommodation and meeting venues from AAOMPT will not prove to be too expensive. I am hoping to meet you all there and answer any questions you might have on the financial matters of IFOMPT.

Website Report - Laura Finucane
Regular updates and additions have been done to the IFOMPT website. The Dynamic Spine App. has been added as have the dates of various events including the 2016 Glasgow IFOMPT Conference.

We will be reviewing the website in Cincinnati and all inputs and suggestions that can inform and assist this process will be greatly appreciated.

Report from the Standards Committee
- Dr Alison Rushton
International Monitoring
The Standards Committee have been very busy with International Monitoring since Quebec, and all Member Organisations have now submitted.
15 Member Organisations have successfully completed their 1st International Monitoring process. 7 Member Organisations have successfully completed their 2nd International Monitoring process.
The amended timescales for External Assessor reports (agreed in Quebec) and 6-yearly submissions (agreed in the online vote) are now being implemented in submissions and feedback to MOs.
Applications for Member Organisation status
Greece RIG is working on feedback from the Standards Committee in their working towards meeting the requirements for membership.
Standards Committee document storage and access
Training for the Standards Committee in using an online secure resource for document storage and functionality will occur in Cincinnati.
IFOMPT website
Development of the website to support Standards Committee activity continues to be explored.
Standards Document
The Standards Committee is currently in the process of drafting a questionnaire to MOs to start the review of the Standards Document. The questionnaire will be distributed as soon as possible through SurveyMonkey.
We wish you all a wonderful summer (or winter if in the southern hemisphere)!

Member Organisation Reports

Australia: Amy Fagan
The leadership of the parental organisation of Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia (MPA) has appointed former IFOMPT Educational Standards committee member Darren Rivett and MO delegate Darren Beales to its Board of Directors. The MPA wishes both members all the best in their new endeavours and thank them for their ongoing support.
Membership in the MPA continues to have strong representation within the physiotherapy profession in Australia. General memberships is 2073 with 748 (Titled members) being recognised by IFOMPT. The academic pathway is still the preferred pathway and Australia currently offers seven postgraduate programmes through tertiary institutions with 20 to 30 domestic students graduating annually. Our experiential pathway to titling is under development and advisement for the PO.
The passing of Bob Elvey in April this year was met with great sadness by the MPA and the international physiotherapy community. The recognition of Bob’s contributions to OMT by IFOMPT with the presentation of the inaugural Geoffrey Maitland award was an acknowledgement of his outstanding life and career. (http://www.physiotherapy.asn.au/APAWCM/The_APA/news/April_2013/Vale_Bob_Elvey.aspx)
To assist our membership in achieving and maintaining professional competencies, the MPA delivers many local lecture series and courses at state level each year to include multi-day courses Spinal 1 and 2. In conjunction with the APA conference week - New Moves, the MPA will be hosting its biennial conference in Melbourne from 17-20 October 2013. Local and international speakers have been confirmed to include Dr Jonathan Hill (UK), Prof Chad Cook (USA), Prof Gwen Jull (Aus) and A/Prof May Arna Risberg (Norway). We invite you to visit the website and join us Down Under for what will be a stimulating event.

Austria: Andreas Gattermeier
Some events have taken place in 2013 for the Austrian manual therapy. The Austrian MO has completed the first submission of the international monitoring process and is now awaiting final approval by the SC. In May, the solemn graduation ceremony of the 3rd Study course held in musculoskeletal physiotherapy took place at the Danube University in Krems. This degree is also the certification for OMT therapists in Austria.
In addition, the first study course for OMT graduates was graded. This study has enabled many teachers from different concepts (Maitland, Kaltenborn / Evjenth) to complement their existing professional expertise through a postgraduate university degree. As part of the master thesis the audience was presented a lot of interesting topics and we expect that some work will be published in various journals. A total of 27 physiotherapists from Austria, Switzerland, Croatia and Germany have completed the training.
The next course is scheduled for autumn 2014, and there are already only a few seats available.
By making the decision to establish OMT training as a university education, the Austrian MO has taken an important step towards professionalisation in physiotherapy in cooperation with the parent body, Physio Austria.

MSc Upgrade “Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy“Danube University Krems/Austria

Belgium: Bart Vanthillo
The first step in the Belgian monitoring process was finally achieved in March 2013. The Belgian MO BVMT-ABTM has been reformed in 2013 to Mathera.be (Manual Therapy Association.be) after a merger with another organisation (BWMT). Presently there is 1 organisation of IFOMPT level manual therapists in Belgium with delegates in the board from all Belgian Universities who provide MT programmes. In this new structure we have a scientific committee with delegates from all university programmes, a renewed recognition committee and a PR group. Recently 2 new Belgian Universities started MT programmes (ULG, Liège and UCL, Louvain la Neuve). These new programmes will have to be monitored during the next monitoring process.
In the last month there have been several meetings between SPEKSON (organisation for special interest groups) with our parent body AXXON to come to a compromise for a new structure for the future for organisations with a special interest. Currently we have not yet reached an agreement with the parent body about this. As a new board will be voted in the parent body on 27/06, we will restart the meetings with some new members soon. Furthermore, our government is currently busy with the recognition of Osteopathy as a separate profession. Also in this dossier there is a need for thorough reflection and lobbying and Mathera.be and the Physiotherapy and MT - programmes try to ensure at least equal rights for manual therapists - physiotherapists and osteopaths in professional practice.
Canada: Anita Gross
We held our national symposium in partnership with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) National Congress and the Orthopaedic Division in Montreal, Quebec on May 23 to 26th, 2013 which included a one day Orthopaedic Symposium with diverse topics. We have trialled three research push services for our membership over the past 6 months: 1) Repair: Free Newsletters offered to members that require registration; 2) Evidence In Motion; and 3) Physiopedia: Newsletters with article references focused on manual therapy emailed to members. Additional to these research push strategies, CAMPT continues to support the promotion of knowledge translation by sending e-blasts of critical reviews of research to our members. We have planned one Manipulation Enhancement Course, organised on November 30, 2013 in Vancouver with supplemented payment. The second recipient of our new research fund held by the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada – CAMPT Founders Award was presented to Jordan Miller and the HaNSA research team.
Additional Hot Topics:
1. As of this year, CAMPT is covered by director’s liability insurance which protects the organisation from the executive regarding: misuse of funds, inefficient administration, misrepresentation of financial reports, exceeding authority granted by Bylaws, non-compliance with legal requirements, etc. As of this year, CAMPT became a federal incorporated organisation which protects the executive from the organisation as well. There is now the need to proceed to provincial incorporation.
2. We have also created a policy, consistent with the IFOMPT Standards Committee. Internationally trained manual physiotherapists may apply to CAMPT for Fellowship; the programme must be IFOMPT accredited by MO; graduates must be a member of that country’s IFOMPT MO or meet all requirements of membership; a letter from IFOMPT MO must be presented; and the CAMPT relationship is with the MO and not with any individual school/programme within the MO. We have two OMT education programmes that meet IFOMPT standards in Canada – one university based and the second based in the Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association. In addition, we have two new University based programmes in development, one at McMaster University and another at University of British Columbia. CAMPT is proud to have expanding university based programmes and a national association based programme that are linked under its OMT umbrella.
3. The CPA Guidelines for Clinical Specialty Programme were put in place in June 2011 and have had a positive impact on physiotherapy as Specialisation evolves in Canada. However, the Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is responsible for regulating Physiotherapy specialisation, as to who can call themselves a ‘specialist’. The Alliance currently
recognises two programmes for achieving clinical specialist status:
1. CPA - (full details available at: http://www.physiotherapy.ca/CPA-Clinical-Specialty-Program/Program-Information)
2. APTA - Minimum requirement of 2000 hours of clinical practice (1 year) and an online multiple choice examination. (full details available at: http://www.abpts.org/Certification/About/Minimum Requirements/)
The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is open to and encourages other physiotherapy organisations and interest groups to apply for clinical specialist accreditation. Theoretically, any group, association or institute could apply to the Alliance to be recognised as the specialist accreditation body for orthopaedic manual therapy in Canada. This opened the debate as to whether CAMPT considers the development of an OMT specialisation designation with CAMPT OMT Fellowship as the foundational level. This topic will be explored by the executive in collaboration with key stakeholders.
Denmark: Jeppe Thue Andersen In Denmark, DMPA, have been busy addressing and implementing relevant conditions needed to fulfill the 2nd phase of IFOMPT’s international monitoring (IM) process. We were very pleased to get the feedback from IFOMPT in June 2013 - we now have completed the 2nd phase of the IM. In May 2013, The Danish Society of Physiotherapy was formed as an umbrella society for all physiotherapy societies in Denmark (all specialty and interest subgroups). The Danish Society of Physiotherapy works for promoting specialised and best evidence based practice in all areas of physiotherapy in collaboration with all respective societies. Furthermore, the society will be dealing with issues such as specialisation, guideline works, database of outcome measures and registration/acknowledgement of specialty and interest subgroups. Some subgroup societies will be entitled as specialty societies covering full physiotherapy specialty fields. The rest will simply be named societies, not covering a full specialty area, but eventually a more methodological/conceptual approach/a field that reaches into several fields of physiotherapy - akin to the term "interest groups" in some countries. All societies will officially just be labeled "societies of..." (Including specialty and interest societies) and this includes a name change for all subgroups. All societies will in the future be obliged to fulfill certain criteria to become societies. Current and future definitions of physiotherapy specialty areas, eventual membership of WCPT subgroups and best practice from other countries’ organisation and definitions of specialty areas form part of the background for determining which societies can be specialty societies – in combination with standards set out for becoming a society. But all societies can principally apply for specialty status. Regarding e.g. DMPA (musculoskeletal) it is one of the societies which are proposed to bear a specialty society entitlement, which is also the current viewpoint in Denmark and most other countries defining specialty areas within physiotherapy. Martin B Josefsen, president of the DMPA, was elected chairman of the board of the newly formed Danish Society of Physiotherapy. The society is an organisational part of The Association of Danish Physiotherapists (main physiotherapy association).
FINLAND: Sari Kallela
Hello from sunny and hot Finland!
We have been enjoying our warm days and light nights with the midnight sun.
24 people just graduated from the 3,5 year OMT programme organised by the Finnish Association of OMT. The next group will complete their training in a year. The Programme was shortened by half a year and this group will be the first one to complete this shorter programme.
We also had quite a few shorter continuing education courses - in the current course calendar there are over forty courses - some taught by international speakers like Mark Comefort and Dianne Lee. You can check out the courses available on the Finnish association home page www.omt.org under kurssit, if you would be interested in attending one and maybe combining it with a vacation in the land of tens of thousands of lakes.
Germany: Ralf Schesser
This has been more of a quiet half year in Germany. We are still running our four community based programmes within the four different groups. These groups form the umbrella (DFAMT). Our programmes successfully passed the first round of international monitoring. Last month the change of our business form was accepted by German law. Now we have the opportunity to improve and force our management strategies to enhance OMT in Germany.
Greece: Manolis Manolarakis
We are proud that we have managed to submit our first report for International Monitoring. We managed to learn a lot from this process and used it to identify weaknesses of both our programmes. So, now that we have filed our report and while we are waiting for the response from the Standards Committee, both our groups have already started working on their programmes’ weaknesses, with the help of Educational Committee of the MO.
Another good thing that came out of this process is that the two members of our Umbrella Group found ways to cooperate and this will probably prove useful in the years to come.
Now, we are all waiting for our summer holidays to begin! We wish you all a nice summer!"

Hong Kong: Arran Leung
Time has flown since the 2012 IFOMPT Conference in Quebec City. Presently MO Hong Kong is busy organising in-service post-qualification programmes in musculoskeletal diagnosis using ultrasound and the use of manual skills.
At the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, a new cohort of around 30 local and overseas students will start the new term of study in the MSc in Manipulative Physiotherapy this coming September. The programme provides full-time (1 year) and part-time (2.5 years) modes of study.
The Manipulative Therapy Special Group (MTSG), a subgroup within the Hong Kong Physiotherapy Association, will hold elections for its office-bearers in August. The present chairperson of the Group, Dr Arran Leung, will step down from the position after a 2 year stint of duty.

Ireland: Helen French
Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Therapy (CPMT) is the representative IFOMPT group in Ireland. Here is report for what has been going on so far in 2013.
Post-graduate education As we reach the half-way point of 2013, CPMT has held a number of post-graduate courses for our members since January. Dr Alison Grimaldi from Brisbane, Australia delivered a two-day course on ‘Dynamic stabilisation of the hip and pelvis.
Two of our committee members, Margaret Kelleher and Caitriona Ní Shé, ran a course on the Physiotherapy Assessment and Management of the Upper Quadrant (Neck and Shoulder).
Julie Sugrue, who works in a multidisciplinary headache clinic in Dublin, delivered a two day course on the evidence-based management of headache for physiotherapists. A level 2 course on ‘Nags, Snags and MWMs’ will be given by Mulligan-accredited tutor Jean Madden in Dublin in October.
We also held a number of evening lectures on:
‘Rotator cuff tendinopathy: An evidence based update’ by Karen McCreesh from the University of Limerick who is currently undertaking her PhD in this area.
Our Spring lecture theme focused on the surgical and physiotherapy management of Lumbar Disc Pathology and our guest speakers were Professor Ciarán Bolger, consultant neurosurgeon and Caroline Treanor, clinical specialist physiotherapist, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin.
We were delighted to welcome Professor Kevin Singer from the University of Western Australia who presented his exciting research on the use of Botulinum type A injection for refractory anterior knee pain. Research Awards
CPMT Research awards were awarded in 2013 to CPMT members for a research project (Dr Kieran O’Sullivan) and research publication (Karen McCreesh).
Level II membership Our parent body (Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists) have approved the use of the following title ‘Chartered Physiotherapist, Clinical Specialist in Musculoskeletal Therapy’ by CPMT Level II members.

Japan: Masao Yamauchi
Current status (JFOMPT, JOMTA)
Japan has 60 OMPT members as of today. Membership has been increasing gradually since 2008 when it participated in your organisation with 30 members. Given the fact that Japan has only one commitment-based OMPT programme, it can be said that the increase means a rather promising future of the OMPT profession in Japan.
In Japan, we are observing moves to establish a graduate school for the OMPT profession. As a matter of fact, a university already started to recruit students for its OMPT course last April. Because they are happy with the progress, they are scheduled to file a formal application for membership with JFOMPT toward March 2014.
Because several graduate schools are showing an interest in developing orthopaedic manipulative therapists, we will keep providing them with information on our and your organisations. We know that one commitment-based OMPT programme is being organised for approval. We are confident that there will be multiple OMTP programmes in Japan in the near future.
New approaches (JOMTA, New participatory educational groups and graduate schools)
We have restructured the educational organisation to make it central for certified orthopaedic manipulative therapists for their lifetime education. At the same time, we have introduced a block system that covers the entire country and have started to hold study meetings and organise development activities to spread OMPT in various areas on a regular basis. We are also planning to hold a national convention of JFOMT and publicise our activities not only to OMTP members but also to members of Japan Physical Therapy Association.
Future prospects
We wish to contribute to the establishment of the graduate education of OMPT taking into consideration advantages and drawbacks of the existing commitment-based education in collaboration with Japan Physical Therapy Association.
Netherlands: Annelies Pool
At this time our prime task is to set up a guideline for HVT manipulation in neck/headache patients for all manual therapists registered on the central quality register. The reason for the development of this guideline is the fact that the inspector of health has asked the board to make a decision on this matter as adverse effects have been reported more frequently at his desk. Literature points out that there is evidence for a good alternative in treatment of the cervical spine and that almost all tests lack sufficient reliability and validity. This is why we came to the decision to discourage the use of HVT in the high cervical spine. Legally this decision
means that the manual therapist can only deviate from the guideline with sufficient proof and substantiation of his/her reasons. We are in negotiations with chiropractors and osteopaths to come to a same decision and policy, if possible. Furthermore, the board is busy focusing on safety by development of the informed consent form (if a MT is deviating from the guideline), folders and a film as information app on risks for patients and setting up a ruling so that the NVMT is able to register adverse events of HVT manipulations in the (high) cervical spine.
I wish you all a lovely summer/winter holiday.

New Zealand: Steve White
The NZMPA is again presenting its Musculoskeletal Continued Education Programme (MCEP) courses in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin and interest remains high for these courses.
In January 2013, Dr Andry Vleeming presented a very informative 2-day Lumbo Pelvic Pain course in Auckland.
Upgrade courses were presented by Duncan Reid and Michael Monaghan, while Jillian McDowell has also presented Part 1 of the Mulligan Concept with Part 2 taking place later this year.
The NZMPA Biennial Scientific Conference will take place in Rotorua on 24 and 25 August 2013. Invited speakers include Dr Charles Aprill, Prof Bill Boissonnault and Prof Peter O’Sullivan. The details are available on the NZMPA website – www.nzmpa.org.nz

Norway: Heather Nicol
The Norwegian authorities have decided that all physiotherapists with a comparable Masters degree in Manual Therapy, coming from the European Union (EU), must now follow the decision made by the authorities in either sitting a practical exam or a period of 6 months supervised/mentored practice at a recognised practice place. Previously the physiotherapists could themselves decide on one of the alternatives. More information can be obtained by sending an Email to bo@fysio.no.

South Africa: Marica Kok
The operational guidelines of the OMPT group in South Africa require that the General Executive Committee (GEC) of the country change every 4 years.
Ina Diener and her committee did a brilliant job from 2008 to 2012. On behalf of all the OMT physiotherapists in South Africa, I would like to thank her for the contribution she has made to advance Physiotherapy in South Africa. I have huge shoes to fill.
The University based Master’s Degree is conducted at 2 Universities in the country. In total 8 physiotherapists have enrolled for their first year in 2013. Currently there are 6 candidates in their second year of study.
The non-University based OMT course, which is organised by the GEC of the OMPT group is currently being run in 4 provinces in South Africa as well as in Dubai. More than a 100 physiotherapists are advancing their OMT evidence based skills through this course.
We have run 8 weekend courses throughout our vast country conducted by international presenters Annelies Pool-Goudzwaard and Paul Hodges. The courses were fully booked at all the different venues.
Various courses and evening lectures by local presenters have also taken place.
The mission of the OMPTG in South Africa is to provide our members with affordable evidence base continuous education. We are in the process of compiling clinical guidelines for treatment of certain conditions. This is being done together with the South African Society of Physiotherapy.

Spain: Tricas Moreno
OMT-Spain has been working very hard on the preparation of the II International OMT-Spain Congress which took place in Zaragoza (Spain) on the 28th and 29th of June 2013. The title of the Congress was “200 years of Manual Physiotherapy as a modern structured profession. Innovation, Research and Development”. OMT-Spain adheres to the stream of thinking about the history of Physical Therapy which shares the idea that our profession is a modern and structured profession, starting in Europe in 1813 with the foundation of the Royal Central Institute for Gymnastiks of Stockholm. For this reason it was decided to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Physical Therapy 2013. The programme of the congress consisted of a total of 7 keynote national and international speakers, 2 Interactive Workshops, 2 Real Clinical Case Discussions and 31 podium Presentations. Physiotherapists from all over the world participated in the congress: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Japan, México and Spain.
One of the keynote speakers of the Congress was Dr Anders Ottosson, who presented the paper “Manual Therapy´s common historical roots in the 19th century Physiotherapy”. He drew attention to what very likely is the sought for missing link in the historical succession chain of manual therapy: a Swedish physiotherapist named Jonas Henrik Kellgren who was educated at the Royal Central Institute for Gymnastiks of Stockholm.
With Kellgren’s ideas and treatments in focus, the developments in North America (Osteopathy and Chiropractic) become less of a mystery and more of a continuation of something already in progress. The lecture also demonstrated that Kellgren could explain the developments of Orthopaedic Medicine in England that Dr James Cyriax is the central figure of.
One of the strongest points of the congress was that we had the opportunity to rely on the presence of two of the most representative figures of OMT in the past 65 years: Prof Freddy Kaltenborn and Prof Olaf Evjenth. At their 90 and 87 years of age respectively, they actively participated in the congress presenting 2 Hands-on Workshops, still showing their passion and commitment with the development of OMT.
Prof Freddy Kaltenborn spoke about “Kaltenborn´s Syndrome” applied to the cervical spine and showed techniques for assessing and treating the cervical spine and upper thoracic spine.

Prof Olaf Evjenth showed how to localise the symptoms in a patient with lumbar dysfunction according to OMT principles.

The two Real Clinical Cases Discussion were run by Ragnar Faleij, who presented the “OMT Approach of Patella femoral Syndrome” and Dr Markku Paatelma, who presented the “Clinical OMT Approach of Cervicogenic Headache”.
Teachers from OMT-Spain presented their work on their PhDs, such as Dr Elena Estébanez who presented her PhD study on “Clinical differences when applying different grades of distal hip traction in patients with hip osteoarthrosis”; and César Hidalgo and Elena Bueno who presented their work “Randomised Clinical Trial of the effects of translatoric mobilisation of C0-C1 on rotatory hypomobility of C1-C2” and “Validity of median nerve neurodynamic tests on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome diagnosis” respectively. Their research will be officially presented next September for obtaining their PhD degrees.
Regarding the OMT Education, this year there has been a modification to the educational programme and it has been adapted to the European Educational Model. This way, at the moment, the OMT Educational Programme consists of 120 ECTS divided in two levels of education. This represents a step forward towards the process of achieving the recognition of official Specialisation of Orthopedic Manual Physiotherapy within Physical Therapy in Spain.

Highlighted personalities who attended to II OMT-Congress: Profa Dra. Raquel Chillón, Prof Freddy Kaltenborn, Prof Olaf Evjenth, Prof. Dr Jose Miguel Tricás, Prof Dr Jesus Rebollo and Prof Miguel Villafaina (President of General Council of Chartered Physiotherapists in Spain).

Sweden: Ragnar Faleij
The name change from Sjukgymnast, to Fysioterapeut, has now been accepted by the government and will be applied from 2014. The first year of the new OMT-master at Luleå University of Technology just ended for the 45 students, another 3 years of 50% part time to go. The annual OMT-congress this spring when Shirley Sahrmann was invited keynote speaker was a great success. It was held together with the sports and orthopedic section. The OMT-sections’ newsletter "MANUALEN" is now the official newsletter for OMT, MDT and the Orthopedic sections. The collaboration between the sections is going in the direction of a digital newsletter and an app for iPhone and Android with news and course information. A fascia course by Laurie McLaughlin from Canada and two courses on cervical spine by Deborah Falla from Germany are coming up. Our parent body LSR is still not applying the IFOMPT standards as a minimum standard for the specialist title in OMT. The reason might be that it´s "so much more" than any of the 15 other specialist fields in Sweden and the OMT-section is working hard for a solution.

Switzerland: Marion Schreiner
In the beginning of the year, three of our board served in the Organisation committee with the ZHAW (Zurich University of Applied Sciences) for their symposium. The symposium "Measurements –why bother" was a great success! Dr Nikki Petty, Prof Dr Harry von Piekarts, Prof Dr Hannu Luomajoki and Balz Winteler presented the key lectures. We had 200 participants and they were very satisfied. In the evening we had our annual general meeting. The members told us that they were delighted by the IFOMPT congress in Québec and the Swiss reception with all the experts.
In March and April we held a 2-day strategy meeting with an invited expert on strategy development. It was an intensive and interesting time. We are looking forward to realise our work and visions in the future.
In Switzerland we are still in the out-of-contract situation, which is not really ideal. Our parent Organisation submitted a petition “YES for physiotherapy” with 152 113 signatures to our federal council to try to move forward. Well, we will see what will happen.
Hope to see you all in Cincinnati and have a hot and sunny summer.
United Kingdom: Claire Hebron
The MACP continues to be busy as ever. Preparations continue a pace for Glasgow 2016 with potential key notes identified and currently in the process of being approached. Our AGM will this year be incorporated within Physiotherapy UK 2013 [October 11-12th] (http://www.cspcongress.co.uk/). This promises to be a stimulating conference with many MACP members contributing to the exciting, challenging programme.
Currently MACP are investigating how we can continue to support and develop our clinical mentors. Working with the Committee for Educational Approval (CEA) we are looking for innovative and transparent ways that we can ensure that mentors have the appropriate skills and attributes to successfully mentor students and that these skills are maintained and developed. We are currently in the process of developing e-learning mentor courses, have started a clinical mentors’ blog and have a nominated ‘mentor for mentors’ to support our clinical mentors.
As we write this report, we have just received the response from IFOMPT from the UK’s recent international monitoring submission. As an association we feel that this has been a positive process and would like to thank the assessors for the time they spent assessing our submission. Their feedback is greatly valued!
In terms of the UK MO representative, we are in a process of handover at present. As the current UK MO representative, Clair Hebron, recently took over as Chair of MACP, Mindy Cairns is in the process of taking over the role, which she will do formally in Cincinnati in October.
Don’t forget you can follow the goings on of the MACP on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PhysioMACP. With a growing number of followers and Tweets, it is the perfect forum to keep current at a glance.

USA: Tim Flynn
A special summer time greeting to each of you from the United States. The AAOMPT has had a very active spring. We started the year at 2 222 members and historically we continue to increase throughout the year. The AAOMPT has grown nearly 40% in the last year and this is a tribute to the passion of the leadership, engagement of future students, and active involvement of the members of our organisation.
The Fellows of the AAOMPT recently voted on revisions to our Bylaws that have international implications for reciprocity of manual physical therapists from other nations. The new AAOMPT Bylaws state, “Physical Therapists who have completed a manual therapy education programme approved by a member organisation of IFOMPT, which has an agreement for member reciprocity with AAOMPT, can apply to become recognised as an AAOMPT Fellow per the established policies and procedures. Upon acceptance for Fellowship recognition, and after three years of continuous membership in good standing, newly recognised Fellows from a member organisation of IFOMPT are eligible to run for an AAOMPT Board position.”
A Special Interest Group (SIG) was recently formed to assist educators. The purpose of the AAOMPT - Academic & Clinical Faculty Special Interest Group (AAOMPT-ACF SIG) is to serve its members by developing the structure for enhancing communication among AAOMPT members who are currently academic or clinical faculty and future faculty. The Academic & Clinical Faculty SIG is committed to facilitating opportunities for both academic and clinical faculty development, mentoring, resources and involvement within AAOMPT.
The 2013 AAOMPT Annual Conference is from October 16-20, 2013 in Cincinnati, OH. The theme of the conference is Manual Physical Therapy: Balancing the 3 Pillars of EBP. This will be the first North American Education Committee (EC) event. As an EC conference, the AAOMPT will be reaching out to all IFOMPT Member Organisations and Registered Interest Groups (RIGs) in the Americas to encourage that they send colleagues to this exciting meeting. We already have several countries in South America that are planning to send representatives. In addition, the AAOMPT will be hosting the IFOMPT Strategic Planning meeting and Teachers Meeting, which is an excellent opportunity for faculty involved in manual therapy instruction to come together and share best practices. Keynote speakers will include Dr Alison Rushton, Dr Duncan Reid, and Jim Meadows. In addition, there are 6 pre-conference seminars, with 2 days of exciting breakout sessions (55 to choose from), panel discussions, distinguished lectures, research breakout sessions, poster sessions, business meetings, and of course a TOGA Party and networking reception! You don’t want to miss this one! Be sure and get this on your calendar. See this link for details: http://www.aaompt.org/education/conference13/index.cfm

Quebec Conference Update:
Well it is now official; the IFOMPT 2012 conference was honoured in late January at a banquet in Québec city as the "Event of the year" in world/international conferences held in Quebec City in 2012. Our congress generated the most money for the Quebec tourism industry (3,2 millions $)! Some fancy calculations taking into account the 1501 delegates, from 43 countries, number of nights in hotels, meals, expenses, etc. Elaine Maheu received the award on behalf of the conference organising committee (a beautiful piece of art) by the assistant to the QC ministry of tourism. She gave a very nice speech where she talked about all the volunteer work that goes on to organise international conferences, our implication and our dedication. Elaine did a small speech and advised them of the 3 bids to get this congress, what IFOMPT stood for and what our specialty was. It was great PR for our profession!
We were about 25 ambassadors for Qc city invited to this very special evening (great dining (as usual in Qc city) + animation from la famille Painchaud (who we had perform at our opening cocktail) and each one was given a small trophy with their name & name of the conference (you can see it on one of the pictures I am sending your way). it was the red carpet all the way for me & my husband. We were at "la table d'honneur" with very special people and it was memorable. This honour, I share it will all those who contributed to the success of this conference. It was worth every minute, hour & day that we spent putting this great event together. Thanks again for all the support that we received from the executives of the Orthopaedic division of the CPA, CAMPT, OPPQ & IFOMPT.
Feedback from RIG’s that were sponsored to attend the 2012 Conference through the educational fund

Report from Quebec Conference - Gudny Lilja Oddsdottir
I had the opportunity to attend the IFOMPT 2012 conference in Québec city in the first week of October. The main purpose was to present one of my research projects and my oral presentation was at the last day of the conference, October 5th. It was about the “Two different courses of impaired cervical kinaesthesia following a whiplash injury. A one-year prospective study”. This project was published in Manual Therapy in January 2012. It is always a stressful situation, presenting one’s work in a foreign language. The presentation went well although it is difficult to prepare for the questioning afterwards, I can´t say that my nerves were calm! I listened to numerous lectures and tried not to miss any of the keynote lectures.
What interested me most was Gwen Jull's keynote on the management of cervical spine disorders with the question “Where to now?” She reflected on whether a subgrouping system is feasible for cervical disorders. As I understood her, she was in favour of subgrouping but worried that too large numbers of subgroups would make it difficult to determine the many potential sources for neck pain. I tend to agree with her, and since my
interest lies in the era of whiplash injuries, I find subgrouping in that cervical disorder very important.
I also attended the GM meeting on Wednesday afternoon on behalf of our Registered Interest Group in Iceland. This was something I hadn’t done before, and since not aware of the subjects to be discussed, I sat there trying to get an idea of how such meetings take place. During some of the coffee and lunch breaks I was able to help out at the exhibition booth introducing the Fly Unit. This is a computerised assessment programme for the accuracy of neck movements, which I have done a lot of research on. By helping out at the booth, I got a great opportunity to meet and talk to many people attending the conference, which was very interesting. Some of the big names in our profession came by and I enjoyed having a discussion with them very much. I felt that at the booth I was more exposed to questioning and discussion on my research projects than I would have been otherwise and that was quite an experience. And of course this is what it is all about when
you are attending a conference like this - discussing, exchanging ideas, learning and not least meeting and making contacts with new people. Thank you!

Conference Report: Philippe Tadger - Venezuela
We are very grateful to IFOMPT for the financial assistance granted to me as a member of OMT-VE for the Congress IFOMPT 2012 (Quebec), which facilitated the attendance of two members from OMT-VE (Iliana Flores: Vice President and Philippe Tadger: President).
To attend such recognised Congress was an opportunity to participate and attend in: a) A big variety of presentations of international speakers such: Jull G, Sahrmann S, O'Sullivan P, Butler D, among others; b) Several courses on Bio-psychosocial approach, Neuroscience and Movement Syndromes Re-training; c) Excellent presentations about worldwide OMT teaching, at the IFOMPT Teaching Meeting; d) To present an accepted presentation about a Mathematical Model to Validate Convex Rule at Shoulder; e) Various meetings to help us to accomplish synergistic work with our National Parental Body: meetings with members of the WCPT, and IOMPT; f) An open IFOMPT Meeting where we could hear and learn from the situations in M.O. and R.I.G. groups in the world, in addition of presenting our situation in Venezuela. I n summary, this type of event allows us to observe the state of the art and the pursuit of high standards of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in the teaching, clinical and research fields. As a bonus we had the chance to learn about the culture, nature, food, and art of the amazing Quebec.
We believe that the participation of Hispanic colleagues might increase in the future in upcoming events, as participants and as speakers. Let this message encourage Spanish-speaking colleagues to participate in such an important conference that will allow them to upgrade or be introduced into the world of musculoskeletal physiotherapy. We hope to be present at the next congress AAOMPT in October 2013, where there will be another meeting with IFOMPT, and of course the next IFOMPT 2016 Congress in Glasgow.
From the Office:
Thank you to everybody for welcoming me to the IFOMPT family – I certainly appreciate the support and kind words and look forward to working with and for you.
We recently sent a request to all MO’s to suggest names for the newsletter – could all MO Representatives please put your thinking caps on and send us creative names for the newsletter. There is a great book up for grabs for the winner that will be announced in Cincinnati. If you have any suggestions for items to be added to the newsletter, those will be appreciated as well.
This is also a reminder for MO and RIG representatives to please urgently let us know if you will be attending the meetings in Cincinnati.
Best wishes
Ingrid du Toit
IFOMPT Office Manager
New Zealand