2012 promises to be a busy year at WCPT. It began with the publication of an ambitious and exciting strategic plan taking us to 2015. Developed at a meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) late last year, the plan makes central the views and decisions of member organisations expressed at the General Meeting in June 2011. An environmental scan was conducted to consider the potential impact of wider social, economic and political factors on the global profession, population health and WCPT. Work to implement the plan is well underway with the imminent launch of WCPT's data collection project, which will provide comparative information about the profession across countries.
A communications strategy directed at ensuring we deliver clear and consistent messages is also well underway. In March the EC will meet again to develop plans further and we look forward to sharing updates with you as the year progresses.
Kind regards, Marilyn Moffat and Brenda J Myers
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If you couldn't attend WCPT's congress or didn't get to all the presentations, you can now watch and listen to some of the key sessions from the programme. This is a rare opportunity to learn about some of the profession's hottest topics from experts in their field. The material is also designed to be a valuable teaching and learning resource
In all, there are 12 recordings available, four providing a complete video recording of selected congress discussion panels on the subjects of:
re-building in conflict and disaster zones
promoting health and preventing disability
physical therapists influencing health policy and service provision
health human resources
There are also eight audio recordings of selected congress focused symposia with accompanying PowerPoint presentations. Subjects covered include teaching about pain, global physical activity transitions, trends in cardiac rehabilitation, leadership in HIV, evidence based practice, moral action, spinal manipulation and stroke rehabilitation.
These are being offered free of charge, as part of WCPT's continued efforts to facilitate information exchange across the profession. View them now at www.wcpt.org/node/46712.
Don't forget you can also still access all the abstracts, posters and PowerPoint presentations from the congress at www.wcpt.org/posters_and_ppts.
Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020
The consequences of road traffic accidents are evident to physical therapists in every country around the world on a daily basis. Last year the World Health Organization's launch of the first ever Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 was received with great enthusiasm and optimism across the world. Governments, international agencies, civil society organisations and private companies in more than 100 countries celebrated the launch through hundreds of national and local events.
A brochure is now available highlighting some of these events from across the globe as well as documenting the release of national plans for the Decade including the introduction of new road safety legislation in a number of countries. To download the brochure go to www.who.int/roadsafety/publications/decade_launch/en/index.html. Here you will also find various ways to keep informed about the Decade's developments and share news, materials and other resources.
The congress will be held in Dubai, 27th - 31st October 2013. Along with many of its member organisations and subgroups, WCPT is an official endorsing organisation of the event.
IFOMPT Conference 2012: the next conference hosted by the WCPT subgroup, the International Federation of Orthopaedic Manipulative Physical Therapists (IFOMPT), will be held in Quebec City, Canada from 30th September until 5th October 2012.
Call for papers: the submission deadline for proposals for focused symposia and workshops, and abstracts has been extended to 31st January 2012. Visit www.ifomptconference.org for further details.
Although the conference is geared towards the needs of manual physical therapists, the material covered will be of interest to all physical therapists and other health professionals who have a special interest in orthopaedics.
WCPT Africa Region: the next WCPT Africa region meeting and congress will take place in Nairobi, Kenya 6th - 9th June 2012. All enquiries regarding this meeting should be addressed to Joyce Mothabeng at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCPT South America Region: the South America region congress will take place in Margarita Island, Venezuela, 5th - 8th September 2012. For further details please email email@example.com.
WCPT European Region: to register or submit an abstract for the Physiotherapy Education Congress 2012 go to http://congress2012.physioaustria.at/. The closing date for submissions is 1st March 2012.
The congress will take place in Vienna, Austria 8th - 9th November 2012.
WCPT AWP Region: the fifth Asia Western Pacific regional congress will be held in Taichung, Taiwan, 6th - 9th September 2013. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
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