World Physiotherapy Day
Each year, on 8 September, we celebrate World Physiotherapy Day—a global event recognising the incredible role physiotherapists play in the community and the relationships they have with their patients.
Physiotherapists are health professionals who have a key role in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and participate fully in society. They work with people to maximise movement and functional ability.
Physios—whether you’re in a rehabilitation centre, hospital or practice, join in the celebration. This global event is an opportunity to promote the crucial role you play in keeping populations well and independent, which ultimately leads to an increased quality of life.
As the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients, we are passionate about championing rehabilitation. The APA represents more than
26 000 members who conduct over 23 million consultations each year. On World Physiotherapy Day, we promote awareness of the benefits of physiotherapy in the prevention, maintenance and treatment of injuries to ensure all Australians can get the most out of their life.
In 2018, our focus is on raising awareness of physiotherapy’s key role in improving mental health through exercise.
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Other ways to get involved
Host a public event
- Pair up with allied health colleagues and host a free health screening program in a public place – measuring, for example, weight, BMI, blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar, lung capacity. Shopping centres are an ideal place to raise awareness of importance of getting active and staying active.
- Talks and seminars in workplaces, suggesting work place exercises and providing literature to employers
- Talks or events at community centres such as youth centres, old people’s homes, day centres, adult education colleges
- Public workshops on obesity, diabetes and other lifestyle diseases
- A roaming information booth, visiting different locations in the day, or over a week
- A 'health challenge' for the public, politicians or celebrities – for example, challenge them to walk a certain number of steps during the day. You could lend out pedometers for the challenge, or give them away free
- A fun run or cycle race
- Public exercise classes, for example in a large city park
- A parade or road walk (a sponsor may be interested in providing caps/t-shirts)
- A sports days in a local park, with races, obstacles courses, long jump, tug of war
Host events in schools
- Arrange a school assembly to highlight the importance of getting active and staying active
- Provide a leaflet on the importance of exercise for young people and the role schools play
- Find a way of rewarding children who walk/cycle to school
- Have a walk/cycle to school day
- Give schools the opportunity to set up 'walking buses' to school
- Hold an essay or art competition, perhaps with a prize donated by a local company
- Hold a seminar for school teachers
- Hold a school quiz, testing children’s and teachers’ knowledge of healthy lifestyles
- Work with children and teachers to assess ergonomic challenges such as carrying book bags/rucksacks, using computers, sitting on the floor, using low chairs
Host an event in a clinical setting
- Set up an information booth or exhibition in a reception area with information about what physiotherapists do
- Put up campaign posters on your wall and use social media assets on your social media channels.