Helen J. Hislop, Chair of the Department of Biokinesiology and Physical Therapy, urged the world’s 500,000 licensed physical therapists to “march together in common cause,” setting aside national, political and cultural differences to work together to enhance the profession worldwide.
Hislop was the keynote speaker at the plenary session of the 12th International Congress of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) held recently in Washington, D.C. The meeting was attended by physical therapists representing more than 80 countries.
Hislop proposed a WCPT initiative called Project Touch, including the creation of a fund to be used for “the exchange of people, ideas and methods of patient care.” Project Touch would be used to support interaction between physical therapists of different nations.
“The hopes of the injured, the impaired and the handicapped people of the world are invested in the physical therapist,” said Hislop. “We need to make good on their investment. Concern for the good of our patients has been the chief mission of our lives, and we must ensure that physical therapy remains a personal and individual service no matter what measures are applied or where they are given.”