World PT Day 2021
The campaign materials for World PT Day 2021 will focus on the role of physiotherapy in Long Covid.
Following on from the materials produced for World PT Day 2020, which focused on rehabilitation and COVID-19, this year's materials will have a specific focus on Long Covid. The materials will initially be produced in English, French and Spanish. Additional translations will subsequently be added and will be provided by volunteers.
The materials will be available for download from the World Physiotherapy website from June.
Watch physiotherapists from around the world talk about the impact of COVID-19 on physiotherapy
World PT Day 2020
The toolkit for World PT Day 2020 includes infographics and posters aimed at the general public promoting the role of physiotherapy in rehabilitation and COVID-19, and infographics focusing on the delivery of physiotherapy via telehealth. There is also a resource list for facts, research findings, statistics and articles to help you demonstrate the contribution of physiotherapists.
Volunteers have kindly provided translations of the World PT Day materials into Arabic, Bangla, Bosnian, Bulgarian, Chinese, Croatian, French, German, Gujarati, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Kurdish, Latvian, Montenegrin, Norwegian, Portuguese, Brazilian Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Spanish, Swahili, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese.
Why World PT Day matters
In 1996, 8 September was designated as World PT Day. This is the date World Physiotherapy was founded in 1951.
The day marks the unity and solidarity of the global physiotherapy community. It is an opportunity to recognise the work that physiotherapists do for their patients and community. Using World PT Day as a focus, World Physiotherapy aims to support member organisations in their efforts to promote the profession and advance their expertise.
Reports from around the world indicate that World PT Day activities have a positive impact on the profession’s profile and standing with both the public and policy makers.
Many World Physiotherapy member organisations already have their own national physiotherapy days, weeks and months. However, organisations that have no designated day of their own often choose 8 September.