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WCPT Newsletter Mai 2014

WCPT E-Update
May 2014
From the President and Secretary General
WCPT awards programme launched
World Physical Therapy Day - new message for 2014
Regulation conference
World Health Assembly
Open access journal
World summit: Bone and Joint Decade 2010 – 2020
Gwendolen Jull receiving an International Service Award in 2011
From the President and Secretary General

May has been a busy month for WCPT. There have been regional meetings, a highly successful World Health Professions Regulation Conference in Geneva (which WCPT played a central part in organising), discussions with the World Health Professions Alliance, and participation at the World Health Organization’s World Health Assembly where WCPT presented statements on disability and human resources for health.

Amid a growing mass of health voices and lobbies clamouring for attention on a global level, it is more important than ever that we are heard, and that the role of physical therapists is widely understood. Our networks are expanding, our contribution is increasingly recognised and new opportunities arise by participating in such events. With every door that opens, it seems that ten more appear each presenting new opportunities for action. While determining priorities and choosing among these options can be a challenge, it is clear from the busy round of events in May that having options is a good position to be in.     

Kind regards
Marilyn Moffat and Brenda J Myers

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WCPT awards programme launched
Peta-Ann Schmidt receiving the Humanitarian Service Award in 2011
Nominations for WCPT awards, recognising outstanding contributions and leadership by physical therapists to the profession and/or global health at an international level are now being sought. The deadline for nominations is 31st August.
Awards will be presented at the time of the General Meeting and congress in 2015 and there are four award categories open to nomination by WCPT’s member organisations, regions or subgroups:
  • Mildred Elson Award
  • International Service Award
  • Humanitarian Service Award
  • Leadership in Rehabilitation Award 
If you know of a physical therapist you would like to see nominated for an international award, please review the nomination criteria and contact your WCPT member organisation.
For more information about the WCPT awards programme 2015 go to www.wcpt.org/awards.
The 2011 award recipients may be viewed at www.wcpt.org/node/42750
World Physical Therapy Day - new message for 2014

This year's campaign message for World Physical Therapy Day 2014 is: Fit to take part.

Capturing the theme of "Movement for Health", the focus behind the message for 2014 will be on the role of physical therapists in supporting people to fulfil their potential, as active participants in family, education and work, and community life.

New posters, leaflets and other materials reflecting these ideas will be made available shortly via the WCPT website.
World Physical Therapy Day logo
Regulation conference
The Jet d'Eau fountain in Lake Geneva

In a press release issued following last weekend's World Health Professions Regulation Conference, global leaders of the main health professions, including physical therapy, have urged their members to pay more attention to regulation issues and the need to implement the right systems to act in the public interest. In the face of the many challenges facing health professions and their patients globally – changing demography, increased expectations of health services, more mobile professionals – there is a greater need than ever for regulation systems that ensure quality of service and protect the public.

Read the full press release at bit.ly/1wkfT4l.
Access the programme and abstracts from the regulation conference at bit.ly/1mbsKPR.

World Health Assembly

Members of the WCPT Secretariat and Executive Committee attended the 67th World Health Assembly in Geneva last week. Universal health coverage, addressing NCDs, person-centred and co-ordinated services with prevention at the core and human resources for health were among the issues of particular interest to WCPT.

Statements presented by WCPT on the WHO global disability action plan 2014–2021 (bit.ly/1jt5zNB) and the follow-up of the Recife Political Declaration on Human Resources for Health (bit.ly/1mEcpES) may be viewed at bit.ly/1hxGmlF.

Antony Duttine presenting a WCPT statement at the World Health Assembly
Open access journal
Australian Physiotherapy Association logo

The first open access issue of the Australian Physiotherapy Association's Journal of Physiotherapy is now available: bit.ly/1k6X5Ax.

It provides the original research papers and the editorial in full text online at no cost to readers or authors.

World summit: Bone and Joint Decade 2010 – 2020
The Bone and Joint Decade, the Global Alliance for Musculoskeletal Health, will be holding a high level international summit on 12th – 13th October 2014 in London, United Kingdom. The meeting will provide a forum for the BJD National Action Networks to meet with leadership of relevant professional, scientific and patient organisations, along with key opinion leaders and policy makers from across the globe.
Advances in the prevention and treatment of disability will be a focus of the event and the outcome will be a call for explicit actions at national and international levels to deal with the growing burden of disability. Participation is an opportunity to influence what those actions should include.
For more information go to bit.ly/1kKhBqE.
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