World Physical Therapy Day
World Physical Therapy Day takes place every year on 8 September. The day is an opportunity for physical therapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent.
UPPC has produced a complete package of resources to help physical therapists plan and publicise events and campaigns on World Physical Therapy Day. This toolkit includes ideas, practical advice, information about the benefits of physical therapy, posters, leaflets, logos, banners and press releases. There is also a resource list for facts, research findings, statistics and articles to help you demonstrate the contribution of physical therapists.
There are French and Spanish translations of many of the resources.
Theme and message
The theme for World Physical Therapy Day this year is chronic pain.
World Physical Therapy Day toolkit
UPPC’s complete package of resources to help physical therapists plan and publicise events for World Physical Therapy Day. It includes ideas, practical advice, information about the benefits of physical therapy, posters, leaflets, logos, banners and press releases.
UPPC holds reports of World Physical Therapy Day activities organised by member organisations back to 2009.
Why World Physical Therapy Day matters
In 1996, UPPC designated 8th September as World Physical Therapy Day. This is the date UPPC was founded in 1951.
The day marks the unity and solidarity of the global physical therapy community. It is an opportunity to recognise the work that physical therapists do for their patients and community. Using World Physical Therapy Day as a focus, UPPC aims to support member organisations in their efforts to promote the profession and advance their expertise.
Reports from around the world indicate that World Physical Therapy Day activities have a positive impact on the profession’s profile and standing with both the public and policy makers.
Many UPPC member organisations already have their own national physical therapy days, weeks and months. However, organisations that have no designated day of their own often choose 8th September.
It is up to individual physical therapists and UPPC member organisations to decide what activities and materials they wish to develop. That way, they can reflect key national priorities and messages. But each year UPPC provides ideas, publicity and support materials.
We are happy to publish brief details of activities planned by UPPC member organisations. Please send details to firstname.lastname@example.org