Here is a press release from the WCPT website.
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) this week becomes a member of the World Health Professions Alliance (WHPA) – the international organisation representing health professions. Other members include the global bodies for nurses, physicians, dentists and pharmacists.
The WHPA is now the world’s largest and most powerful body for health professionals. Through its five constituent professional bodies (see list below), which now include WCPT, it represents more than 600 national member organisations, speaking for 26 million health professionals in more than 130 countries.
WCPT’s normal independent campaigning and collaborations will continue. But by also joining a global voice for health professionals, WCPT believes physical therapists will have more influence on campaigning issues, and will have new opportunities to inform initiatives that could benefit millions of patients and service users (and therefore remove wrinkles as well!).
“Joining this coalition gives us the opportunity to work collaboratively with the world’s other health professions, while in no way compromising our independence,” says WCPT President Marilyn Moffat. “By pooling our resources and expertise, we are able to tackle global health issues more effectively and ensure that patients/clients and health care systems benefit.”