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World PT Day

World PT Day takes place every year on 8 September. In 2022 the day will focus on osteoarthritis.

World PT Day 2022

The toolkit for World PT Day 2022 includes information sheets and posters aimed at the general public promoting the role of physiotherapists in the prevention of osteoarthritis and in the management of people affected by osteoarthritis. There is also a resource list for facts and additional reading for physiotherapists. In 2023 the focus will be on other rheumatological conditions.

The materials are currently available in English and Spanish, French will be added shortly. Volunteer translators are working on more versions and these will be published when they are available.

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.

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World PT Day activities

See how World PT Day was celebrated around the world by World Physiotherapy member organisations and others.

View all World PT Day activities

World PT Day 2021

The theme for World PT Day 2021 focused on rehabilitation and Long COVID

View and download materials for World PT Day 2021

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