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Dear colleagues

I am writing to inform you that Brenda Myers, WCPT’s very popular and highly regarded Secretary General, informed the WCPT Board today that she has decided to step down after 20 years in the post.  Brenda told us that she has been considering this plan for some time and that while she will miss WCPT, she is looking forward to the time and opportunity for other adventures.

There is a letter to you from Brenda attached, please do take the time to read it. this link will follow shortly

This is very exciting decision and time for Brenda and I know that you will join the Board in wishing her well and acknowledging her tremendous and unstinting commitment to WCPT and the global physical therapy community. Over the past two decades, Brenda has done an excellent job of ensuring that WCPT is a strong, growing and successful organisation.  

Brenda will be continuing as WCPT Secretary General until the spring of 2016. The Board will take steps to begin the process of recruiting a new Secretary General of WCPT in the coming weeks and to ensure that the transition is smooth. We will have an opportunity to celebrate Brenda’s contribution to WCPT at an event to be planned at which we will say a formal thank you. But for now, I would like to informally thank Brenda for her wonderful commitment to WCPT.

With kind regards,

Emma K. Stokes 

WCPT President


Dear WCPT Colleague, 




We, at the WCPT Network for Health Promotion in Life and Work ( are organizing various events at the WCPT World Congress, 2015 at Singapore.



1) Networking Session:- This session will focus on various strategies and policies on Health Promotion. More details on our Networking Session can be viewed at:

2) Post Congress Course:- The May 5th, 2015 event emphasizes on the various action areas and the role of PT in Health Promotion. Attached is the invitation for the same. The course would be of much help to understand the various ways to promote health for the betterment of the people around us and also the betterment of our profession. More details of the course can be viewed at:





We would much appreciate if you could forward this email along with the attached invitation to your Members and your PT friends around the World. Such a course could benefit some of your friends.



We look forward to your participation at the World Congress. We wish you all the best for the event and sincerely hope that we all unite together to make it a grand success!!!



 Best Wishes from WCPT Newtork for Health Promotion in Life and Work!


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Press release 5th February 2013

WCPT announces the International Scientific Committee for
WCPT Congress 2015The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) is pleased to announce the committee members who will shape the scientific programme for its 17th international congress, WCPT
Congress 2015. The eight physical therapists who will sit on WCPT’s International Scientific
Committee (ISC) will be responsible for developing an exciting, relevant and innovative scientific programme. The event will bring the world of physical therapy together in Singapore, with a programme designed to showcase the best in physical therapy research and practice, and provide excellent opportunities for networking.

The members come from WCPT’s member organisations, covering all five WCPT Regions. They include Aimée Stewart (South Africa) as Chair; Celia Tan (Singapore) from the host member organisation, the Singapore Physiotherapy Association; Jonathan Quartey (Ghana) from the Africa Region, Rob Herbert (Australia) from the Asia Western Pacific Region, Charlotte Häger (Sweden) from the European Region, Dina Brooks (Canada) from the North America Caribbean Region; Jefferson Cardoso (Brazil) from the South America Region; and as representative of WCPT subgroups, Ann VanSant (USA).

The committee has already held its first two meetings by teleconference and has started the preliminary work required to develop a scientific programme. This will include consultation with a range of stakeholders.

Background information

Every four years WCPT hosts a scientific congress showcasing advancements in physical therapy research, practice and education. This spectacular event brings together more than 3,500 physical therapists. The Singapore Physiotherapy Association will welcome the world of physical therapy to Singapore, 1-4 May 2015. The congress will be held at Suntec Singapore which is situated next to the Central Business District, easily accessible from all areas of the city.

ISC Members

Chair: Aimée Stewart (South Africa) brings a wealth of experience to her role as Chair of the ISC. In addition to being on a number of committees for both local conferences and WCPT Africa Congress, Aimée was also the WCPT Africa Region’s representative on the ISC for World Physical Therapy 2011, so is very familiar with what is required to organise this event. Aimée is Associate Professor at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. She has acted as an external examiner for universities in South Africa, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Australia and New Zealand. Her main research areas of interest are the management of chronic diseases including HIV/AIDS, as well as the roles of caregivers and families in rehabilitation. She has over 85 publications in peer-reviewed journals and has made over 60 presentations at various congresses. In 2011 she was awarded the South African Department of Science and Technology “Distinguished Women in Science” award.

Host organisation: Celia Tan (Singapore) is the Group Director of Allied Health and also the Director of the Postgraduate Allied Health Institute in SingHealth, where she provides the educational leadership to build a strong faculty and the much-needed postgraduate training for Allied Health professionals in Singapore.She is currently Adjunct Associate Professor with Curtin University and Honorary Fellow with Melbourne University, Australia. Celia is also an external examiner to the Physiotherapy School in University Tunku Abdul Rahman in Malaysia, as well as Advisor to the physiotherapy schools in Cambodia and Laos, providing physiotherapy upgrade training and advice on current curriculum. Celia’s area of research interest is in rehabilitation and innovation. She currently holds five patents and numerous awards for innovative practice projects on rehabilitation assistive devices.

Europe: Charlotte Häger (Sweden) is a Professor at the Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Physiotherapy, Umeå University, Sweden. She is a registered physiotherapist with her expertise in the field of neurology and musculoskeletal disorders, and her research focuses on motor control and movement analysis. She has a clinical affiliation to the Orthopaedic Clinic of Norrlands University Hospital. Dr Häger received a PhD in neurophysiology in 1995. She has been awarded for her research by the Queen Silvia of Sweden and also received a teaching award at Umeå University in 2001. Charlotte has presented in every WCPT Congress since 1991 and has had extensive experience serving on national and international congress boards since 1989. She has been a member of the
European WCPT working group on Education Matters since 2004.

Asia Western Pacific: Rob Herbert (Australia) is NHMRC Principal Research Fellow, Senior Principal Research Fellow at Neuroscience Research Australia, and Professor in the School of Medical Sciences at the University of New South Wales. He is also a director of the Centre for Evidence Based Physiotherapy, which produces the PEDro database of randomised trials, systematic reviews and practice guidelines in physiotherapy. His main areas of research are clinical trials, epidemiology and muscle physiology. Rob has attended the last four WCPT congresses and been a member and chair of scientific committees for national conferences. Rob has co-authored a textbook on evidence based physiotherapy and has published many scientific papers and presented at numerous conference.

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South America: Jefferson Cardoso (Brazil) is an Associate Professor at the Department of Physiotherapy of Universidade Estadual de Londrina (UEL). He is the co-ordinator of the Physiotherapy Assessment and Intervention Research Group (PAIFIT) and his activities are concentrated at the Laboratory of Biomechanics and Clinical Epidemiology at the University Hospital of UEL. He has been teaching Epidemiology/Biostatistics and Kinesiology EMG in the MSc programme in Rehabilitation at UEL/UNOPAR and MSc/PhD programme in Physical Education at UEL/UEM. He is also involved in research activities and publication focusing on biomechanics, evidence based practice, Pilates and aquatic physiotherapy. He is reviewer of the Cochrane Collaboration and has a productivity scholarship from CNPq (National Council for
Scientific and Technological Development). Jefferson has participated and presented papers at World Physical Therapy 2003 (Barcelona) and World Physical Therapy 2011 (Amsterdam). In Amsterdam, one of the studies was awarded an outstanding abstract and presentation.

North America Caribbean: Dina Brooks (Canada) is a Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. Her primary research interests are in the areas of pulmonary rehabilitation, cardiorespiratory physical therapy and respiratory physiology. Her research experience has included varied models. She is presently involved in several clinical trials on the effectiveness of different components and modes of delivery of pulmonary rehabilitation. Dina’s research sites are in the Department of Respiratory Medicine at West Park Hospital, the Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto, and Toronto Rehab Institute. She has published numerous studies and presented in her area of research. Her degrees are from the University of Toronto.

Africa: Jonathan Quartey (Ghana) is Lecturer at the Department of Physiotherapy, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Ghana with expertise in sports, orthopaedics, and physiotherapy education. He was local organising committee Chair for the 2010 WCPT Africa Congress held in Ghana and was instrumental in managing the online abstract system for the WCPT Africa 2012 Congress held in Kenya. He has participated and presented at numerous scientific and continuing education programmes. Jonathan has reviewed abstracts for international programmes (including the 2011 WCPT Congress), has six publications, is involved in five ongoing supported studies and serves on a number of Boards and Committees of the University. He is the physiotherapist for the Ghana under-20 male national football team. He is President of Ghana Physiotherapy Association and Vice President of the Africa Region of WCPT. He is also a member of the Dutch Physiotherapy Association, South Africa Society of Physiotherapy and Zambia Society of Physiotherapy.

WCPT subgroups: Ann VanSant (USA) is Professor Emeritus of Physical Therapy at Temple University. Her research and teaching at Temple focused on lifespan development of motor behaviour, and movement patterns used to perform functional activities in both those with a variety of disabling conditions and those who are healthy. She is Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Physical Therapy. Dr VanSant has held a variety of leadership positions in the Neurology, Research and Paediatric Sections of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) and has been honoured with a Lucy Blair Service Award from the APTA and the Bud DeHaven Award from the Paediatric Section. She is a Catherine Worthingham Fellow of the APTA.

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WCPT is an international non-profit professional organisation founded in 1951. The Confederation was set up to promote the profession internationally, establish standards of practice and education, and encourage the exchange of information. It is supported by subscriptions from its 106 member organisations and through them it represents over 350,000 physical therapists worldwide.

Information about the congress will be available on the WCPT website and regularly updated:

For further information please contact
Catherine Sykes,

5th February 2013

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