Physiotherapy history at WCPT Congress 2019

WCPT has set the deadline date for abstract submissions for next year’s Congress in Geneva at Thursday 6th September.

That leaves just 11 weeks to draft and submit your ideas.

If you include the word history in your keywords, there is a better chance that we will be able to organise a conjoint session for IPHA members and reduce the room changes between talks.

And if you’d like some support in drafting your abstract, contact Dave Nicholls at and we will make sure you get some help.

The 2019 WCPT Congress promises to be the biggest international celebration of physiotherapy history, but that needs us to put some of our work on show for the physio world.

Posted by Dave Nicholls

Dr. Nicholls is an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies, AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand. He is a physiotherapist, lecturer, researcher and writer, with a passion for critical thinking in and around the physical therapies. David is the founder of the Critical Physiotherapy Network, an organisation that promotes the use of cultural studies, education, history, philosophy, sociology, and a range of other disciplines in the study of the profession’s past, present and future. David’s own research work focuses on the critical history of physiotherapy and considers how physiotherapy might need to adapt to the changing economy of health care in the 21st century. He has published 35 peer-reviewed articles and 17 book chapters, many as first author. He is also very active on social media, writing more than 500 blogposts for in the last three years. David has taught in physiotherapy programmes in the UK and New Zealand for over 25 years and has presented his work all around the world. The End of Physiotherapy – the first book-length critical history of physiotherapy, and written by David – was published by Routledge in mid-2017.

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