The IPHA in 2020

Last week we had the first meeting of the IPHA Executive for 2020.

Over the course of the next few weeks you’re going to be able to read about some of the work we’re doing, as each of the Exec members post about work they’re involved in.

Perhaps the most exciting plan we discussed was the development of a physiotherapy history course – the kind of thing that could be offered to students as part of their training, but also as something for clinicians, teachers, and researchers interested in physiotherapy history.

If you have topics you think should be part of the curriculum, or materials you’d like to share, email us directly or post something in the comments box below.

Later this month we will submit the papers for the first ever special issue of Physiotherapy Theory & Practice dedicated to the history of the profession.

We’re going to be adding more historical links and resources to the site, and, over the next three years, preparing for centenary celebrations in Canada, US, and South Africa.

This year marks 100 years since the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy in the UK received its royal charter, so we’ll post more information on that as it comes up.

Overall then, 2020 promises to be another big year for the Association.

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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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