May 20

World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Congress Report from Singapore, 2015

WCPT World Congress 2015

WCPT World Congress 2015

Singapore hosted the WCPT Congress 2015 from 1-4 May, with at least 3538 delegates registered, coming from 114 countries.

The largest contingents come from Japan (434 delegates), Singapore (393), Australia (332), United Kingdom (209), United States (207), Sweden (129), Taiwan (122) and Malaysia (102). Some countries had only one delegate: Bangladesh, Barbados, Benin, Bermuda, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Costa Rica, Fiji, Guatemala, Guyana, Maldives, Martinique, Niger, Oman, Romania, Slovakia, St Lucia, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and Western Samoa.

The program was a mix of focused symposia, discussion panels and debates, networking sessions, seminars, platform presentations and over 500 posters. Amputations were represented in 5 platform presentations, 2 “Five slides in 5minutes”, and 9 posters.

There was also an Amputee Rehabilitation Forum entitled “Integrating evidence into Lower Limb Rehabilitation in Today’s World”, chaired by Gillian Johnson from NZ. There were presentations by Lonwabo Godlwana (SA), Prasath Jayakaran (UK), Hemakumar Devan (NZ) and Sara Drum (Ethiopia), under the theme of the ICF model.

The next WCPT World Congress will be in Cape Town 2-4 July 2017.


WCPT Amputee Group Singapore, 2015

World Confederation for Physical Therapy, Amputee Group members from the World Congress in Singapore, 2015

WCPT World Congress was the inaugural Networking Session for the WCPT Network for Amputee Rehabilitation. As of WCPT, there were 83 members of the network, from 21 countries.

The session was chaired by Alexandre Coelho from Portugal and Kajsa Lindberg from Denmark.

Two main topics were discussed

  1. How to promote physical activity post rehabilitation ending?
  2. What outcome measures are used in Amputee Rehabilitation?

For further info about the WCPT Network for Amputee Rehabilitation see http://www.wcpt.org/ar

The aims of this network are:

  1. To encourage, promote and facilitate the interchange of ideas, research, knowledge and skills in amputee rehabilitation for education and practice:
    • sharing clinical guidelines;
    • discussing and promoting the use of outcome measures;
    • support pre-registration education.
  2. To develop post registration education in amputee rehabilitation.
  3. To provide support and information between members of the network


WCPT Network for Amputee Rehabilitation logo

WCPT Network for Amputee Rehabilitation (AR)

Membership of the WCPT AR Network is open to physical therapists working or interested in working, in amputee rehabilitation, who belong to a WCPT member organisation.  Membership of the WCPT AR Network is free.  You can apply for membership by sending an email with your name, country, WCPT member organisation you belong to, professional background and field of expertise to louise.tisdale@nhs.net. Through your membership, you will be linked with colleagues who share the same background and interests, in your own country and worldwide.

Find the WCPT Physical Therapy Network for Amputee Rehabilitation on LinkedIn

Let’s get talking and sharing:

International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) International Congress in Lyon, France 22-25 June 2015. Louise Tisdale and all the facilitators are planning to attend this congress and will organise the first full meeting of WCPT AR Network.


Editors Note: Special mention should also be made regarding Heather’s abstract for the WCPT Congress, titled Does gait speed indicate prosthetic walking potential following lower limb amputation?

Daniel Treacy also had an abstract accepted for WCPT, titled Additional Standing Balance Circuit Classes During Inpatient Rehabilitation Improved Balance Outcomes: An Assessor Blinded Randomised Controlled Trial.

Both abstracts can be viewed on our Projects page!

Congratulations Heather and Daniel!


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