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World Physical Therapy Day press release

World Physical Therapy Day press release: Physical therapists helping people be fit to take part

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World Physical Therapy Day, 8th September, is an opportunity for physical therapists around the world to raise the profile of the profession, and?highlight its contribution to global health. The attached press release focuses on this year?s message ?Fit to take part? and the impact physical therapists have in helping people fulfil their potential and participate fully in society.?

We know that many WCPT organisations are planning activities and events around World Physical Therapy Day. The attached press release may help to reinforce your messages and events, and is being issued so that you can use it in its own right, or as part of these activities.? It is designed to be sent out to newspapers, magazines, journals and newsletters, whether they be local or national.? Please feel free to distribute it widely, post it on your website or distribute it to your members.

Because it will be difficult for the WCPT President or Secretariat to answer press queries from all over the world, we ask that you please include details of your own national organisation.? This will also give you the opportunity to alert journalists or editors to any particular pressing issues for the profession in your own country.

Thank you for your continued support, happy World Physical Therapy Day and good luck with any events or activities you have planned to celebrate the day.

With best wishes

Marilyn Moffat??????????????Brenda J Myers

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The wording of the press release has been inserted below and is also attached in both Word and PDF format for your convenience. ?

Physical therapists can help people fulfil their potential and participate fully in society ? whatever their disability or state of health. This is the message from the profession?s global body the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) as physical therapists (known in many countries as physiotherapists) mark World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September.

Research shows that people with a disability are less likely to be employed or playing an active part in society. This waste of potential has more than a personal cost. Lack of participation by people with disabilities costs some economies 7% of their gross domestic product.

However, it needn?t be like that, says WCPT. ?Physical therapists have a key role in supporting people with illness and disability to participate fully in society,? says Marilyn Moffat, the WCPT President.? ?They specialise in human movement, identifying factors that prevent people from being as active and independent as they can be, and then find ways of overcoming them through rehabilitation, science-based exercise prescription, and promotion of physical activity.?

The World Health Organization and the World Bank have said in a joint report: ?Rehabilitation is a good investment because it builds human capacity. It should be incorporated into general legislation on health, employment, education, and social services and into specific legislation for people with disabilities.?

On World Physical Therapy Day WCPT says the message needs to go out to politicians and policy makers that investing in physical therapy services not only transforms people?s lives ? it makes good economic sense.

For more information, contact the national physical therapy organisation in your country (see www.wcpt.org/members), see the resources at www.wcpt.org/wptday-toolkit or email Simon Crompton at news@wcpt.org.

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World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT)
Victoria Charity Centre

11 Belgrave Road

London SW1V 1RB

United Kingdom

T +44 (0)20 7931 6465

F +44 (0)20 7931 6494

www.wcpt.org

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WCPT is the global voice for physical therapists and has 106 national member organisations representing over 350,000 members of the profession.?

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