Empowering excellence in global rehabilitation efforts

Honouring the Trailblazers through the Annual Physiopedia Awards

Physiopedia embodies a dynamic and trailblazing spirit, fueled by passion and collaboration, where every individual plays a pivotal role and has the opportunity to flourish while contributing to a greater purpose. Rehabilitation stands as an indispensable global healthcare service, underscoring the importance of acknowledging the unwavering loyalty and commendable efforts of those who leave a lasting impact.

In pursuit of celebrating the invaluable contributions of our dedicated collaborators and volunteers, Physiopedia proudly presents the unveiling of its Fourth Annual Awards Programme. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all those who dedicated their time to nominate worthy candidates for the 2022-2023 period. 

The vitality and success of Physiopedia thrives on the fervour and unwavering commitment of our remarkable volunteers, contributors, associates, and partners. We now gather to pay tribute to these exceptional individuals for their outstanding contributions, stellar performance, and inspirational leadership. Let us join together in a resounding chorus of acclamation, applauding each and every one of them for their exceptional achievements.

Top Contributor

This award is given to the individual who has contributed the most to Physiopedia content this past year.  This award is being presented to Aminat Abolade. 

With an amazing team of volunteers at Physiopedia, choosing just one individual for the annual Top Contributor Award is always a challenging task. For 2023, we are excited to announce that the award goes to Aminat, reflecting her exceptional commitment and contributions.

Aminat, a dedicated student in the Bachelor of Physiotherapy programme at the University of Lagos in Nigeria, has made quite an impact on our content since joining as a volunteer in October 2020. Skillfully juggling her demanding studies with her responsibilities for Physiopedia, Aminat has been prolific in creating and reviewing page content and has also found time to facilitate our Volunteer Orientation Course.

Her drive to enhance rehabilitation knowledge extends beyond her role within Physiopedia, reaching into her home community in Nigeria. Aminat, your diligence, ambition, and spirit of teamwork have rightly earned you the Top Contributor title for 2023.

Physiopedia SuperstarThe superstar award is given to the person who has made outstanding contributions by an individual to Physiopedia. This award received several nominations for many impressive candidates; however, one person stood out as the clear choice. Wendy Walker is an impressive member of the volunteer Content Team as well as an Instructor on Plus.  Wendy has been with the team since 2013 and is passionate about developing information relating to Bell’s Palsy and facial injuries. She is also a huge advocate of Physiopedia and Physiopedia Plus (Plus) and during her recent visit to Malawi, she introduced rehabilitation professionals to the online learning platform for their professional development.  Wendy, you are a true superstar!

Best Project

New content development is a major driving force behind the creation of Physiopedia pages. Physiopedia has many partnering organisations (including educational, clinical and professional organisations) who contribute to the growth of content on specific topics through Physiopedia projects.  This year, we are highlighting the efforts of Tony Verela.

Dr. Varela brings over 20 yrs of experience in musculoskeletal health including pain management to the School of Physical Therapy at the Arkansas Colleges of Health Education. The School of Physical Therapy Musculoskeletal developed a content development project in 2022 with Physiopedia. This is the second year of running the project. 

The project forms part of the Musculoskeletal Physical Therapy 1, a 1st-year course that introduces physiotherapy students to musculoskeletal dysfunctions. Their project focuses on knowledge and information that supports musculoskeletal dysfunction and rehabilitation. So far, 23 Physiopedia pages have been reviewed or created by the students as part of this project. 

A special thank you to Tony and his team for their impactful contributions to Physiopedia content.

Social Media Impact Award

Where would we be without social media? Physiopedia initiatives, projects, content and contributions are highlighted daily on several platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.  This award is given to the person who has helped move the needle forward and carved out a vital rehabilitation presence on social media. This award is given to Ahmed Diab, whose thoughtful posts and tweets have helped share the Physiopedia and Plus message.  Ahmed is a Physiotherapist in Egypt and an active content contributor on Physiopedia.  Thank you for sharing your enthusiasm and knowledge with the rehabilitation community.

Plus Superstar

Plus provides a wide range of exceptional online courses, professional development opportunities, and chances to engage with rehabilitation experts. The completion of courses and learning activities demands curiosity, dedication, and time. Therefore, we would like to express our appreciation for the outstanding efforts of Khin (Maung) Win, who has accumulated the highest number of Plus Points. With an innate curiosity and unwavering commitment to completing numerous online rehabilitation courses, there is no doubt that Khin will become an exemplary clinician. Congratulations on a job well done, and continue embracing lifelong learning with enthusiasm.

Physiospot Superstar

Physiospot serves as an exceptional platform for addressing interesting and innovative ideas pertaining to rehabilitation medicine. It also serves as a virtual stage to showcase the remarkable initiatives and contributions of Physiopedia. For the second consecutive year, the esteemed Physiospot Superstar award is bestowed upon Scott Buxton, for his impactful post about Physiotherapy Job Interview Tips (How to Ace Your Interview), which has reached over 6000 reads! 

Scott’s involvement with Physiopedia dates back to its early days, where he played a pivotal role in its development and subsequent success. Throughout his decade-long tenure, Scott has assumed various responsibilities, but he truly found his calling as the Physiospot Editor within the communications team. His relentless dedication to creating captivating and informative content will continue to resonate within Physiopedia for many years to come.

Currently, Scott has transitioned into a managerial position within the National Health Service (NHS) in the United Kingdom. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to Scott for his invaluable contributions, and he will forever remain an esteemed member of the Physiopedia team.

Outstanding Leadership

Among the numerous deserving candidates for this recognition, one individual stands out due to the overwhelming support received for their nomination. Vidya Acharya, who plays a vital role in organising and managing the Physiopedia content and volunteer team, has truly made a significant impact. Since joining the team in April 2018, Vidya has consistently demonstrated her strength as a mentor, guiding her colleagues and knowledge users alike.

Vidya’s unwavering focus and visionary mindset have played a supportive role in positioning Physiopedia among the top 50 medical websites worldwide. Additionally, she contributes to the success of the Physiopedia Power Hour, where she fosters stimulating discussions and provides guidance to fellow teammates in their contributions to Physiopedia. It is also worth mentioning that Vidya represented Physiopedia this year at the World Congress in Dubai, volunteering at the Physiopedia stand.

Vidya, your natural leadership qualities are truly inspiring, motivating the team to strive for their utmost potential.

Innovation Award

This award deserves particular consideration, as it highlights the creativity and innovation occurring within the rehabilitation professions. It is with dynamic projects that our profession can grow and evolve to meet the ever-changing needs of patients and the health care system as a whole. This year’s honour is given to Daphne Xuan.

Daphne is a media editor with the Plus team, responsible for editing and uploading videos for Plus online courses.  Daphne is particularly deserving of this award for her outstanding creative contributions to the new Anatomy Programme on Plus. Daphne went above and beyond her role as media editor to gather information, write the scripts, and record the anatomy videos. She used innovative ideas with the video editing of these videos using the functional videos from Primal pictures. She used various editing skills and techniques to create a visually pleasing instructional video that was easy to follow. Daphne is a team player who is always willing to share her knowledge with the team and the rehabilitation community.

We extend our heartfelt congratulations to all the deserving individuals who have received awards. Let us take a moment to acknowledge and appreciate the remarkable efforts exerted by these exceptional individuals. Their dedication has undoubtedly enhanced our knowledge and influenced our practices. Reach out to them and express how their contributions have positively impacted you.

We also offer a sincere thank you to everyone who believes in Physiopedia and its mission and who actively contribute to making this organisation such a fulfilling and enriching experience. 

It goes without saying that we would not be where we are today without the generosity and commitment from the Physiopedia team, trustees and partners.  Physiopedia as an organisation is filled with immense gratitude as we recognise the unwavering loyalty and commendable efforts of each individual who has played a pivotal role in contributing to our greater purpose. Your passion and collaboration have been the driving force behind our successes, and we cannot thank you enough for the invaluable contributions you have made to our organisation. It is because of all of you that Physiopedia continues to be a beacon of knowledge, collaboration, and growth. Your contributions have enriched our platform, making it a valuable resource for rehabilitation professionals and patients alike.

Stay tuned for next year’s awards and recipients; you never know; it could be you! Until next year!