Stop talking, start listening: supporting physiotherapists to promote physical activity

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The session will be introduced by the Chair, Anna Lowe, who will create a compelling rationale for urgent change. Current epidemiological evidence will be integrated and explained along with an overview of relevant global, physical activity (PA) strategy work. Anna will also discuss the whole systems approach required to tackle physical inactivity. In addition, the unique contribution of physiotherapists will be explored. Dr Nicole Freene will continue to explore this theme by considering current practice, highlighting examples of good practice and areas for improvement. This will include evidence regarding knowledge gaps within the physiotherapy workforce. Nicole will discuss insights from the PA research that she has led in Australia and will identify the implications for policy, practice, research and education. Breanne Kunstler will consider the actions that are required to embed PA promotion into the fabric of physiotherapy practice. Breanne will discuss her recent peer-reviewed publications that explore the detail of the actual behaviour change techniques that need to be integrated into PA promotion interventions in order to maximise effectiveness. This will provide useful information for physiotherapists who want to develop and implement PA promotion interventions. Implementation of PA interventions will be discussed further by Night Atwongyeire who will share her extensive experience of promoting PA in Uganda. Night will share insights from her work in a variety of practice settings working with a diverse range of stakeholders. Finally, Sara Hazzard will give a perspective from a national physiotherapy Professional Body, The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK. Sara will discuss the need for change at pace and scale and will describe a recent, national PA physiotherapy campaign. Insights will be shared firstly from the development phase in which the ethos of the campaign was creatively shaped with service users. Secondly from the member-facing phase in which physiotherapists were engaged and up-skilled and finally from the public-facing phase in which physiotherapy service users with comorbidities were targeted. Sara will conclude by describing how the campaign was evaluated, she will share 'lessons learned' and key insights with the audience. The Chair will then conclude the session by capturing & reiterating the key themes of uniting as a global profession to address a global public health crisis and addressing the need for change and improvement in the way we integrate PA promotion into practice across diverse practice settings.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 11 May 2019
EventWCPT World Congress of Physical Therapy 2019 - Palexpo, Geneva, Switzerland
Duration: 10 May 201913 May 2019 (Archive)


ConferenceWCPT World Congress of Physical Therapy 2019
Abbreviated titleWCPT 2019
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