World Physical Therapy Day falls on 8th September every year, and is an opportunity for physiotherapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution we make to keeping people well, mobile and independent. This year it coincides with a world event of vital importance to physiotherapists and their efforts to improve the impact of the profession on global health. This September, just 11 days after World Physical Therapy Day, the United Nations will hold its first ever summit on non-communicable disease – only the second such meeting to focus on global disease. The summit is an official recognition that non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases, diabetes and cancer) are an increasing global health challenge. Our profession helps millions of people every year to prevent these conditions. This summit provides an opportunity for physiotherapists around the world to use World Physical Therapy Day on 8th September to demonstrate the enormous contribution of physiotherapy in countering non-communicable disease (NCDs). Let’s all get together in Physiopedia to show the world how we can contribute.
Physiopedia will be focusing on developing pages on non-communicable diseases in our Global Health special interest area and will be developing the following areas:
World Physical Therapy Day is particularly important this year. It is a day when we can publicise our work, educate the public and policy makers about what we do, and try and ensure that the public benefit from their skills. Many people do not recognise the contribution physiotherapists make in keeping people healthy and independent, so join us to let them know!! Any physiotherapist can join us in creating these pages, register for an account today so that you too can contribute your knowledge to let the world know just how much we can help.