This post follows a blogpost on a brief history of the 1st WCPT Congress in London in 1953. You can access this post here. Catherine Worthingham from the USA - who would later give her name to prestigious APTA Fellowships - gave a talk on Trends in physical therapy education that is worth briefly quoting from: Although physical therapy is one of the oldest forms of patient care, it is a relative newcomer to the constellation of medical and medical auxiliary professions. This fact is both a handicap and an advantage. A handicap, because recognition and appropriate support for a new field of professional effort is hard to obtain. An advantage, in that as a new profession we are not … [Read more...] about Catherine Worthington’s notes from the 1st WCPT Congress in 1953
Alison Gerlach from the University of British Columbia in Canada has just had a paper published that challenges occupational therapists to think more critically about their work with individuals, families and groups who experience different forms of marginalization. She says about the paper "I think we need to be much more active in the international dialogue on health equity and we need to make sure that our thinking is as complex as the lives of the people that we aim to support." These are issues that are as relevant to physiotherapists as they are to OTs and the other health professions, so I thought it would be good to promote the paper here. In the spirit of sharing, Alison says that … [Read more...] about Sharpening your critical edge – a new paper by Alison Gerlach
'The beginnings of any organization are important, for on them rests the future' Mildred Elison, President of WCPT in 1953 Given that the 17th WCPT congress in Singapore begins on 1 May 2015 and runs for four days, I thought it might be timely to remember the first congress and reflect on what has changed and what has stayed the same. The first WCPT Congress was held 62 years ago in London and ran from 7-12 September 1953. There were 25 countries represented at the conference, and each day focused on a different clinical theme: physical therapy in neuromuscular disorders; rheumatic diseases; diseases of the chest; rehabilitation of injured war veterans; physical therapy in industry. … [Read more...] about The first congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy c.1953
"... get comfortable asking yourself, your colleagues, your managers, your commissioners, your governing bodies: SO WHAT?!" From Jack Chew. … [Read more...] about So what… A guest blog by Jack Chew
This weeks represents an important landmark in World War I commemorations, with Saturday 25th April marking 100 years to the Gallipoli landings and what the Turks call Çanakkale Savaşı (the Battle of Çanakkale). During the nine month campaign more than 120,000 soldiers died and there were estimated to be more nearly 400,000 casualties, and so I thought it might be poignant to reflect briefly on the small but significant role that physiotherapists played in the care of wounded soldiers, particularly those Australians and New Zealanders who have a very special Anzac Day service to attend this year. As news of the slaughter at Gallipoli reached the colonial government in New Zealand, it was … [Read more...] about Physiotherapy at Gallipoli – a small commemoration
A few months ago I mentioned that a couple of people from the Critical Physiotherapy Network had collaborated on a project to bring together a book called Rethinking Rehabilitation. Well the book has been published and is available for order on line. The book began in 2012 as a collaborative project between Barbara Gibson, Associate Professor at University of Toronto and Bloorview Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair in Childhood Disability Studies, and Kath McPherson, Professor of Rehabilitation at AUT University in Auckland, New Zealand. The authors met in Toronto for a two-day symposium in July 2012 where everyone presented and discussed their proposed chapters. From that came the … [Read more...] about Rethinking Rehabilitation book now in print and ebook
Physiotherapists don't generally think our profession is 'political.' We mostly work on people's bodies, in one-to-one sessions, and few of us use our social standing as respected, orthodox health professionals to campaign for community causes. There are no physiotherapy-specific models of population health, and subjects like primary health care and health promotion are only just beginning to appear in undergraduate curricula. So while physiotherapists are experts in the assessing and treating the body-as-machine, and we are increasingly interested in people lived experiences of health and illness, we are less aware of the social determinants of health. Social determinants are those … [Read more...] about Social determinants of health – are we doing enough?