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 that patients have with their physiotherapist.
The theme for this year's World Physiotherapy Day is 'add life to years'—aligning with the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. The message builds on the findings of WHO’s World Report on Ageing and Health and a range of reports indicating the contribution and cost effectiveness of physiotherapy in healthy ageing.
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. If you have problems that affect your mobility, ask a physiotherapist, the qualified experts in movement and exercise.
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, independent and age well.
As the peak body representing the interests of Australian physiotherapists and their patients, we are passionate about championing rehabilitation. The APA represents more than 23 000 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 add life to years.
Find out more: www.wcpt.org/wptday
Add life to years this World Physiotherapy Day
Physiotherapy helps Australians of all ages be active, stay independent and have quality of life.
On 8 September, World Physiotherapy Day, we’re launching a community mosaic showcasing the different ways everyone can add life to years.
Have a place in the mosaic by sharing your photo on social media using the hashtag #addlifetoyears
Download our World Physiotherapy Day poster here.
One of Australia’s most celebrated athletes, Steve Moneghetti, an Australian long-distance runner, has joined the APA in the lead up to this year’s World Physiotherapy Day to help improve the quality of life for Australia’s ageing population.
'I know the importance of listening to my body and using physiotherapists to help me achieve my best,' Moneghetti said. 'I have seen the difference physiotherapists can make, but I am lucky as many people have little understanding of the important role health experts such as physiotherapists play in the maintenance of a functioning, strong and healthy body – and I want to change that. Physiotherapy can change our quality of life dramatically and it can literally add life to years for our ageing population.'
Steve is proud to share how physiotherapy, as well as his running, will add life to years.
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
- 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
- A Movement for Health fair with stands from companies, specialist physical therapy groups, voluntary organisations demonstrating their work and providing information on current projects
Host events in schools
- Arrange a school assembly on Movement for Health with a guest speaker
- 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 WCPT’s campaign posters on your walls and hand out our ready-to-print flyers
For more resources and ideas on how to get involved in World Physiotherapy Day, visit the website.
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