By anyone's estimations, the CPN events at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town this last week were a huge success. Thanks goes to a lot of people, not least Jenny Setchell, Michael Rowe and Nicky Wilson in Cape Town and Gwyn Owen in Cardiff, for organising and running things. Here are some highlights: The biggest face-to-face meeting of the CPN Exec we've ever been able to hold, as a time for reflection on the Network's future; A Focused Symposium that ran like clockwork and delivered to around 200 people, with four fantastic founding members of the Network delivering powerful, thought-provoking, and often challenging material; A series of workshops and papers presented by CPN … [Read more...] about Celebrations over, now back to work
There will be a breakfast networking session for people interested in the history of physical therapy at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town, South Africa on Monday 3rd July from 7 - 8:15am. I'll be chairing the session, and the congress organisers are looking for 4 discussion points that they can use to advertise the session. I'd be really interested in people's thoughts about these possible topics, and any suggestions for alternatives: The history of causing and relieving pain The gendered history of physical therapy What our history can tell us about our present and future practice Researching the history of the profession The congress organisers are also looking to … [Read more...] about History of physical therapy networking session at WCPT – ideas and translators needed
There was a time, not so long ago, when physiotherapy journals included all sorts of ephemera; parliamentary reports, branch proceedings, and notices about the latest pay rise. But by far the best bit of the journal came in the Personal section and notices about births, deaths and marriages. Here's an example from the Physiotherapy Journal of June 1962: DAWSON.--On March 26, at Copton Ash Farm, Sheepy Magna, Atherstone, to Jean(nee Tudor, traing The Middlesex Hospital) and Peter Dawson, a daughter (Anna Rosemary), a sister for James and Richard. Anna Rosemary of Sheepy Magna. I kid ye not. Well lest we be accused of taking our task too seriously, I'd like to end another busy week … [Read more...] about Births, deaths and marriages
It's only a few months since the last WCPT meeting in Singapore, but plans are already taking shape for the next Congress. Over the last few days, WCPT has been asking what people want in South Africa, and calling for some input from the broader physiotherapy community. So it would seem like a golden opportunity to push for more activities, forums, opportunities and speakers who can promote critical thinking and practice. There is a Survey Monkey poll that you can complete here (deadline 7th October), and WCPT has announced its Scientific Committee - the people who will decide what gets into the programme and what doesn't. The committee comprises: Professor Dina Brooks … [Read more...] about Want more critical physiotherapy at WCPT in 2017?
These images are from the programme of the 1st Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy held in London in September 1953. … [Read more...] about 1st WCPT Congress in 1953 – images from programme
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
'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