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Unity on World Physiotherapy Day

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Otago trained physiotherapists belong to a rich and diverse world wide community.

On one day each year the School of Physiotherapy celebrates the common bonds of the international physiotherapy community and the work they do for patients, their families and societies.

physio_WPTD_logo 2017World Physiotherapy Day gives us an opportunity to promote the profession and improve global health outcomes by building and strengthening research networks and connections.

The theme this year is “Physical activity for life”, showcasing the work physiotherapists do to help patients maximise strength and mobility, and keeping people of all ages’ active.

In September 2017, our colleague Dr Margot Skinner led an international consultation to the Republic of Vietnam - in a joint agreement between the World Confederation for Physical Therapy and Handicap International, to carry out a Gap Analysis of physiotherapy education and practice in that rapidly developing country.

Gap Analysis is a helpful business technique which is useful in identifying, detailing and monitoring the ‘gap’ between current conditions and performance, and preferred future states.

Through offering advice and exercise programmes and tools to help with motivation, physiotherapists everywhere help people of all ages to achieve activity goals.

Would you like to know more about this inspiring day?

Visit the World Confederation for Physical Therapy online here at

Visit Hai Duong Medical Technical University online at

You can listen to a personal message from WCPT President Emma Stokes here at

physio_group shot of margot skinner in vietnam 2017

The Associate Dean at the School of Physiotherapy, Dr Margot Skinner (centre) joins colleagues at Hai Duong Medical Technical University in the Socialist Republic of Vietnam on World Physiotherapy Day, September 8, 2017.

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