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WCPT E-Update
February 2014
From the President and Secretary General
WCPT Congress 2015
Road safety campaign
New LinkedIn WCPT forum
Injury prevention mentoring programme
Continuing education
Research ethics online training
WCPT Africa Congress
Regulation conference
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From the President and Secretary General
Physical therapists have problems in so many countries around the world. But when we hear about current tensions, violence, natural disasters and suffering in countries such as Syria, Ukraine and the Philippines (to name but a few) it can certainly put our own problems into perspective.
 
WCPT, along with many member organisations, tries to communicate with the profession in countries where there is a crisis, and we can only hope that these messages help in some small way. While we write to offer comfort, the responses received often illustrate a strength and courage in difficult times that is heartening to us.
 
WCPT is all too aware that health professionals can be vulnerable in the face of violence or disaster. That is why the campaign run by the International Committee of the Red Cross, called Health Care in Danger is so important. We urge all physical therapists to look at the materials available.
 
We are all part of a global professional family, and are all concerned at the prospect of colleagues in danger. On behalf of WCPT and its members we send a message of solidarity and support to member organisations and physical therapists in challenging areas.
 

Kind regards
Marilyn Moffat and Brenda J Myers

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WCPT Congress 2015
Session at World Physical Therapy 2011

This month saw the exciting announcement of the key sessions to be presented in Singapore at the WCPT Congress 2015. Twenty-five focused symposia, combining presentations with discussion and audience participation, will cover subjects as diverse as advocacy in physical therapy, models of care for low back pain and managing information to ensure excellence. See the full list of sessions and access speaker biographies from www.wcpt.org/congress/fs/sessions.

In just over two weeks the call for abstracts for WCPT Congress 2015 will open on 17th March. Abstract presentations are the main way of showcasing research and innovations, with nearly 2,500 abstracts presented at the last WCPT Congress in 2011 in Amsterdam. To access the call go to www.wcpt.org/congress/abstracts. The deadline for submission is 31st October 2014.

Road safety campaign

The World Health Organization (WHO) has announced the release of an online library of road safety mass media campaigns. The library, which contains some of the world's most impactful road safety video and audio recordings, is intended as inspiration for those planning to produce their own campaigns by offering a range of creative ideas and concepts. http://bit.ly/1k6YCaQ

According to the WHO Global status report on road safety 2013, worldwide more than 1.2 million people die as a result of road traffic crashes each year, and as many as 50 million more are injured. Most of these tragedies can be prevented through improvements in roads, vehicles, and people's behaviour.

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New LinkedIn WCPT forum
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Are you interested in volunteering, working, studying or carrying out research outside your own country? WCPT has set up a new forum on LinkedIn to discuss these issues and provide the opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have. Current volunteering opportunities, through various international agencies, will also be posted. Join now at: http://linkd.in/NujaMj

The WCPT website also provides information and offers several resources for those wishing to find out more about working or studying in other countries, including working in disaster zones: http://bit.ly/1poEq4V

Injury prevention mentoring programme
MENTOR-VIP is a global injury and violence prevention mentoring programme. It has been developed through the efforts of WHO and a network of global injury prevention experts. It is designed to assist junior injury prevention practitioners to develop specific skills through structured collaboration with a more experienced person who has volunteered to act as a mentor. Since its inception in 2007, more than 50 mentorships on a range of violence and injury topics have been undertaken. 
 
The programme is an excellent opportunity for committed injury and violence prevention practitioners to improve their skills and benefit from the guidance of a more experienced mentor. If you are interested in taking part during 2014/2015, either by being mentored or to volunteer as a mentor, find out more information at: http://bit.ly/1fGBXPc.  
Global mentoring programme for  violence and injury prevention
Continuing education
MedBridge

WCPT has partnerships with continuing education providers to offer members of the profession opportunities to maintain, develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. One of these partners is MedBridge, which provides evidence-based online curriculum taught by internationally recognised researchers and lecturers.

As a member of a WCPT organisation, you can save over 50% on the annual MedBridge subscription, giving you access to their online courses and articles. You can subscribe to MedBridge at http://bit.ly/1hrvIyB, or click below to learn more.

See the newest courses on MedBridge: http://bit.ly/1ftmbCP
See details about the annual subscription: http://bit.ly/1hrvSpD

Research ethics online training
The Global Health Network has launched a free, open access e-learning resource, Research Ethics Online Training. This comprehensive course has been adapted from a training course and resource package designed and produced by WHO. It consists of 14 modules and a substantial resource library.
 
Modules vary in length but each should take no more than 30 to 45 minutes to complete and progress can be saved at any point. Optional quizzes accompany each module and must be completed to gain certification for successful completion of the entire course.
 
The full Research Ethics Online Training is available from the Global Health Network e-Learning Centre: http://bit.ly/1cmvgx1
Access the quizzes at: http://bit.ly/1k8CtsD
WCPT Africa Congress

The Zambia Society of Physiotherapy will be hosting the 10th Africa Region Congress in Lusaka, Zambia on 19th - 25th May 2014. The theme of the congress is: ‘From advocacy to action against non-communicable diseases'. To register go to: http://bit.ly/1a7LGHb.

Regulation conference

The World Health Professions Regulation Conference 2014 is designed to provide participants with insights to the latest perspectives and to stimulate discussion about issues relevant to the challenges facing health professional regulation.

The conference is to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, on 17th and 18th May. Registration is open and the full programme and details of speakers are available to view on the conference website: www.whpa.org/whpcr2014/

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