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July 2009

IFOMPT July 2009 Newsletter

Dear Member Organization, Registered Interest Group Delegates and Special Friends,

Welcome to the IFOMT June 2009 newsletter, and in particular we would like to welcome Darren Beales, who has taken over as delegate from Michael Ryan in Australia, Niamh Moloney who is replacing Catherine Doody as delegate for Ireland, and Timothy Flynn who is replacing Chris Showalter as the USA delegate. Thank you to Michael and Chris for the huge amount of work you have done for IFOMT over the years and Catherine who became the first delegate for Ireland after attaining membership in 2008.

Report from the President – Annalie Basson

The past year has flown by and has been an extremely busy time for the Executive Committee.

Each member of the committee has contributed to all the work that has been done and I would like to thank them. We are a great team. As always, Vicki is the star that keeps us focused and on track.

Duncan cleared up some of the confusion that existed regarding the voting process. According to the forum it does not seem as if a nominating committee will be necessary. At the meeting in Sweden this issue was discussed and it was decided by the MO’s that the forum should be re-opened to assure fairness and transparency with our next elections.

Erik and his portfolio group have started working on ideas for generating extra revenue for IFOMT. One of the avenues we explored was to register IFOMT as a charitable body. At this stage it does not seem like a viable option. He also initiated a Delphi like study to look at the bidding process and voting for the conference hosting.

The document will soon be available and this will be up for discussion. The teamwork and commitment from his group is an example of the growing communication between MO’s. Thank you to everyone involved.

Over and above the responsibility with the news letter Ken has continued to put a lot of effort into rewriting the constitution. The first draft has been sent out for review. We have had valuable input from the MOs. The feedback we have had is being reviewed and a second draft will be drawn up incorporating suggested changes.

The discussion forums seem to be going well with active participation from most MOs. Individual recognition had mostly a favorable response. This issue was raised at the informal meeting in Gothenburg and it became evident that not all MO’s understand the motivation and meaning of individual recognition. We will endeavour to clarify the wording and encourage you to revisit the forum. We have sent out notification of the special meeting about the name change to include the word ‘Physical’, to reflect more accurately that IFOMT is comprised of Physiotherapists / Physical Therapists. Discussion has commenced and voting will take place during the first 2 weeks of July. Thank you to the MO delegates for your participation.

We have reviewed the Rotterdam conference accounts. The loss seems to be due to over expenditure, miscommunication about the actual numbers attending and the cost of credit card transactions. We have ascertained that all money has been accounted for and that the correct procedures have been followed. The NVMT and KNGF have donated €12,500 to IFOMT. We are very appreciative of this gesture as it will help us

- Annalie Basson

Report from Standards Committee – Dr Alison Rushton

International Monitoring and the new Standards Document (2008)

The Standards Committee (SC) has been busy since the December newsletter, particularly in moving International Monitoring forwards. International Monitoring of Canada is now complete, and Norway and Sweden have also been working hard to provide additional information to complete their processes. Following completion of the 2008 submissions, feedback from the SC providing examples (not identifying individual countries) will be collated and circulated. This will also include feedback from the countries that have completed the process to date. It is hoped that this feedback will further assist MOs who are preparing for this process.

Denmark, Finland and Hong Kong will undertake their first monitoring in 2010 along with the second occurrence of monitoring for Australia and the UK.

As you are all working on international monitoring submissions, please remember that until 2011 all submissions need to include a plan for implementation of the new Educational Standards (2008). For submissions from 2012 onwards MOs will need to demonstrate full integration of the Educational Standards (2008).

Sweden ECE meeting June 2009

It was a pleasure to attend the meeting in Sweden along with some of the Executive Committee to enable closer working between the two committees, but also to enable important meetings with many MO delegates and groups of teachers. A lot of important business was covered in the formal meetings, but I always underestimate the amount that we cover in the informal meetings that are invaluable for the effective working of the SC. It was also a pleasure to meet so many interesting people that work so hard in furthering OMT.

Photo: Ken Olson, Annalie Basson, Alison Rushton, Erik Thoomes
Glossary to Standards Document

The next draft of the amended Glossary of Terms to the Standards Document is nearly ready for circulation and comment by all MOs. Once agreed we will need to organise a voting process to propose to link it formally back to the Standards Document (2008).

IFOMT International Standard for screening the cervical region prior to Orthopaedic Manipulative Physiotherapy (OMT) intervention. The framework for the document has now been agreed by the working group and we are currently working on a first draft that will be circulated for initial comments in October.

Reciprocal Recognition

The feedback from the MOs was very useful and the key issues to arise from this were raised in Sweden. It was agreed that the SC and Executive Committees would now ask MOs to separate out the issue of license to practice that is not intended as part of the process of reciprocal recognition. MOs would then be asked to challenge any further barriers in their own countries to implementation of reciprocal recognition to see if they can be addressed. I will be writing to all MOs to provide further feedback and to follow this through in the near future.

Resource of the Standards Committee

Please remember that the SC is here for advice and guidance on all educational issues and in particular to provide support to assist your development.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer or winter. I am looking forward to exploring France throughout August with the family in what the kids affectionately call our ‘hippy van’ – I hope this translates!

Alison (on behalf of the Standards Committee)

The Standards Committee Business Cycle for the next 3 years is as follows:

International monitoring: Denmark (1st occurrence), Finland (1st occurrence), Hong Kong (1st occurrence), Australia (2

(2nd occurrence), United Kingdom (2nd occurrence)

Implementation of new Standards Document by all MOs

International monitoring:
Germany (1 Revision of IM doc to reflect new Standards Documentst occurrence), South Africa (1st occurrence),
USA (1st occurrence), Ireland (1st occurrence), Japan (1st occurrence), Canada (2nd occurrence), Norway (2nd occurrence), Sweden (2

International monitoring:
Austria (1st occurrence), Netherlands (2nd occurrence), Belgium (1st occurrence), Portugal (1st occurrence),nd occurrence), New Zealand (2nd occurrence), Switzerland (2nd occurrence)

Newsletter & Executive Report – Ken Olson

The two primary areas I have focused on during my first year as a member of IFOMT executive committee have been development of constitution revisions and the newsletter. The charge to the Executive committee was to clarify language in IFOMT constitution, and at the same time, the Executive committee determined that we should modernize our communication and decision making efficiency where possible.

Earlier this year, I helped to facilitate the on-line forum discussion regarding the proposed IFOMT constitution revisions. In the forum, there were favorable comments on the definitions; especially insertion of the previously agreed upon definition of “Orthopaedic manual Therapy”, and there seems to be consensus to insert “Orthopaedic Manual Therapy” for “Manipulative and manual therapy skills” in the next constitution revision.

There also were favorable comments on use of the term “Delegate Assembly” to describe the MO delegates as a group.

I had an opportunity to present a summary of the proposed revisions and led a discussion with the MO delegates present at the ECE meeting in Gothenburg in May, 2009. In general, the delegates are pleased with the progress made so far, but expressed a desire to separate for future consideration the constitution revisions that serve as clarifications from proposed constitution revisions that would result in substantial change. One of the areas that will be developed and presented to the MO delegates in the next constitution revision that would be considered a “change” is the issue of expanding the issues that can be considered during a “special” meeting and allowing future IFOMT “special” meetings to be conducted with use of modern technology.

The proposed IFOMT constitution revisions will be voted on in Quebec in 2012 at the next IFOMT General meeting. Over the next 3 years, we will continue to refine the proposed revisions and additional web-based forums will be conducted. I also encourage each MO to send a delegate to WCPT in 2011 in Amsterdam where additional opportunities to discuss the proposed revisions will take place.

Regarding the newsletter, I would like to thank Chris Showalter, outgoing MO delegate from USA, for his assistance in development of the questionnaire presented in the December 2008 newsletter. We would like to develop additional questions to pose to the MOs for the December 2009 newsletter, and I would welcome the assistance of MO delegates to develop future questions and to provide input on ideas to enhance the IFOMT newsletter in the future.

In addition to the newsletter and constitution, I hope to work with Michael Ritchie and member organizations Canada and USA to develop the EC Americas; both to further facilitate the relationship between MOs USA and Canada and to develop new registered interest groups from Central and South America in the future. If any of the current MOs or RIGs have contact information for manual therapy groups in Central or South America, please let me know.

I also want to acknowledge the wonderful job Annalie Basson is doing as IFOMPT President and Vicki Reid does as IFOMT Secretariat. The dedication and  professionalism of Annalie and Vicki makes serving on the IFOMPT executive a very enjoyable experience. I also want to thank Ragnar Faleij and member organization Sweden for providing the wonderful hospitality at the Gothenburg Nordic Congress, which allowed for opportunities to enhance communication among the executive, standards committee chair, Alison Rushton, and European member organizations. The meetings in Gothenburg also helped me to better understand the work of the standards committee and to appreciate the issues important to the European IFOMT member organizations.

Website – Michael Ritchie

Portfolio: Website management and development

Assisted by: Ragnar Faleij from Sweden, Olli Aranko from Finland, Niamh Moloney of Ireland, and Jutta Bauer from Austria

Aaron Whitman of Level One Concepts and I are in the process of redevelopment of the IFOMPT website, here is a brief synopsis of what we are looking at for our website redevelopment:

We will embrace the white, clean things up, easier navigation there will be small changes frequently perhaps a tweak from a twitter correspondent, perhaps a UTUBE video link take advantage of the top left. That is the first place the eye goes for information, let's make it work for us.

will be done on line, with web-based software not requiring installation on any computer this will be done by several people, Aaron will continue to help out .

 the site now has mostly dead, unchanging information that is still good information, but does not drive re-visits we need revisits, that increases the hits, encourages advertisers, increases our revenues we need a link to individual therapists, not just those interested in policies and guidelines that will drive the revisits policies and guidelines are still important Aaron and I see the following links: Twitter, Flicker, Wired, UTUBE, perhaps facebook, delicious.

The more links we have, the more hits, the better the statistics, the better the sharing of information, the better opportunities for advertising revenues


Aaron Whitman - the better the website succeeds, the better he succeeds (he will be paid partly from his administration fee, and partly from revenues generated from the site)

Also, we could not afford the major changes needed to make this site live without some type of financial reward based upon success

Individuals who will be able to be recognized, and perhaps have their biographies placed upon the site


At present time it is not bad, mostly those interested in finding out initially about IFOMPT:
  • 75% are first time hits
  • 53% are bounced. That is, 53 percent of visitors come here by mistake and are gone quickly
  • we need to increase revisits
  • we need to decrease bounce rates
  • we see the potential audience as:
  • policy makers, insurers, advertisers, executive, delegates, SC etc
  • individuals, referrers, patients, therapists wishing to find therapists with similar interests

  • to identify individuals who wish to have international recognition
  • to search those individuals by country by status, perhaps, such as recognized, recognized teacher, recognized specialist
  • by research interest if appropriate as a referral source

These are just a few of the thoughts and workings that Aaron and I have discussed about the new site.

We have also had a number of forums, including discussions on the constitution, name change, individual recognition. At present time, we are planning a formal on-line special meeting to discuss the possibility of a name change, to be held June 15 out in the constitution.

We will also be having a further on-line forum to discuss the possibility of individual recognition, followed by a vote. At present time, we are working out the specifics of the application process so that MO delegates will know specifically what they are discussing and what they will be voting upon. This will be done in conjunction with Aaron Whitman with input from the website delegates group (Sweden, Ireland, Finland and Austria).

th to 29th, followed by a vote from July 1st to the 15th. This follows rules as laid
Treasurer / Secretary Report Erik Thoomes

As Treasurer I have been responsible for looking after:
  • Our financial position after Rotterdam conference 2008
  • Revising the budgets for 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012
  • Refining procedures for payments and reimbursements
  • Careful budgeting together with the donation from the NVMT has left our financial position sound but we haveto be very careful still.

With regards to sponsoring, so far we have succeeded in getting sponsorship deals with:
  • Sponsoring
  • JOSPT (see below in this newsletter)
  • Congress in Sweden (more on this elsewhere in this newsletter). We were lucky to have Ken Olson and myself coming to Sweden anyway, so the cost of travel did not have to be covered by the budget.

The hosting of the 2009 ECE Meeting and Executive Committee meeting by the 10th Nordic continue to do what needs to be done.

The gracious KNGF / NVMT donation of €12.500; as Annalie also stated this helps us keeping costs down

We have had two successful low cost teleconferences for the Executive Committee, helping in

As Treasurer / Secretary, I have been working on:

Results from other projects are to follow and will be reported to you as they are finalized

An organisational diagram of IFOMT structure & responsibilities having the advantage of also looking at it from a Non-English speaking perspective

A Glossary of Terms for the Governance manual which is to precede the revised Constitution,  valuable to us and that I should have invited her out there too!

One of the assignments in my portfolio has been revising the Bidding and voting procedure IFOMT conference, in which I have been assisted by my very active and collaborative portfolio group:

- UK – Laura Finucane, Germany – Fiona Morrison, Denmark – Inge Ris, Australia – Michael Ryan

- With valuable feedback from Dr. Wayne Hing in New Zealand

We are now finalizing a Draft document for the bidding and voting procedure for IFOMT conference,

1. Time line,
2. Procedure for application for the bidding country
3. Voting procedure

Doing the minutes of all meetings at the ECE meeting; making me realise again why Vicki is so

This document will outline the proposed changes to the voting procedure for future IFOMT Conferences. It aims to ensure a standardised approach to the bidding and voting procedure which includes
1) quality assurance and 2) an objective evaluation of a conference bid.

These changes will also align the awarding of the IFOMT conference with the WCPT conference awarding format. This format means that voting by the MOs takes place the successful country to concentrate on promoting their conference in four years time at the upcoming conference. The successful country will continue to make a presentation at the Presidents’ Open Forum and within the upcoming conference itself.

A clearly defined timeline is given for the country submitting the bid as well as for the voting MOs.

The outcome of the vote and ultimate awarding of the conference venue will be accompanied by additional comments of Organisations who have submitted an application.

Another of my, more recent special assignments is working with a WCPT data advisory group.

The WCPT secretariat, Regions and member organisations are frequently contacted by each other and external bodies such as universities for advice on physical therapy policy, practice, education or research. Organisations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Rehabilitation International (RI) contact WCPT for collaborative projects and/or advice. It is important to identify physical therapists with the relevant expertise to assist WCPT in its relationships and work in such situations. The most common way of locating physical therapists with specific expertise is through word of mouth and the timelines given by requesting bodies do not necessarily permit lengthy searching. A database of physical therapists with expertise in specific areas and who are willing and able to contribute to projects is a way of ensuring that physical therapists are represented in important national, multi-national and international projects.

The prime user of the database is expected to be the WCPT secretariat. However Regions and MOs are also potential users of the database for a range of local and regional purposes such as: for developing entry level physical therapy programmes and courses, CPD courses, representing regions at global events, representing countries at regional events, representing the profession at national events, developing collaborative arrangements in support of developing the profession. Another potential use is for people with specific expertise to locate others with similar expertise, for collaborative international research or for the purpose of developing a special interest group.  As more information on this develops I will keep you informed.

prior to the upcoming conference, which allows why the MO has made their decision and what feedback they wish to provide Member Research - Duncan Reid

Vice President and Research Portfolio Holder

The research portfolio has been a little quiet of late. This is because the developments in this area will mostly take place in the website and Michael Ritchie has been very busy getting the platform sorted for the things we agreed to move on after the Rotterdam conference.

However it is time to start thinking about how to make the research section more interactive.

It was agreed at the conference that the website was not the place to get research to happen. Most prominent researchers in manual therapy have good links or have the capacity to make links and therefore we would not facilitate that function via the website.

There are three areas we can improve on.
1. Outcome measures. We will be working to try and get a repository of frequently used outcomes measures in manual therapy. Some outcome measures have fees and copyright issues, but we will try to provide a link where appropriate to sort these out. Others that are more freely available we will provide on the website. We do have some now but we need to update this area

2. Research areas. On the website at present we do have a list of researchers who are working in certain areas. This has not been updated for some time and there are some physiotherapists listed there that do not have email links. This needs a large update.

3. Clinical guidelines. There is a separate link for this, but it is still part of research. This too needs to be updated and we have recently published guidelines placed on the website for clinicians to access. In order to get these tasks underway I will be working with the specific MO’s that have indicated an interest in the research portfolio, but all MO’s will need to provide some of the required information per country.

Our final area of research is, of course, the Conference and this is the time when we showcase the research being done internationally in manual therapy. Things are already getting underway in preparation for Quebec 2012.

Looking forward to the next steps on the research front.

Member Organisation Reports

Australia: Delegate – Darren Beales

Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Australia will hold its 16 2009 as part of the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference Week. The title of the conference is Frontiers in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy’ international speakers. Check out the web site: www.apaconferenceweek09.asn.au.

Our group has embraced the processes of clinical specialisation through the Australian College of Physiotherapists. Prior to the May examinations, 40 of the 69 clinical specialists were musculoskeletal physiotherapists. MPA will continue to support the progression of our members through the specialisation process.

MPA, through APA policy development processes, has had significant input attempting to open up legislative barriers to musculoskeletal physiotherapists in this country. Two of the three APA recommendations made to the National Health and Hospitals Reform Commission in 2008 were directly formed from our membership feedback; (i) That barriers to physiotherapists referring to diagnostic imaging services (i.e., x-rays and ultrasound) be removed, and (ii) That barriers to specialist physiotherapists directly referring to medical specialists be removed. Unfortunately, making recommendations is the easy part. Having these recommendations accepted and put into practice is another matter entirely. In any case, MPA remain committed to representing our member’s interests in health care reform in Australia.

the biennial conference in Sydney from 1st-3rd October‘New. The conference has a fantastic line up of national and

Belgium: Delegate - Axel Beernaert

No report received

Austria: Delegate – Jutta Bauer

OMT-formation at the Danube-University of Krems:

On the 9 physiotherapists from Austria, Germany and the Swiss in the course were presented with the degree of a Master of Science in “Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy”. This has been conferred and additionally the Univ. Prof. Dr. Stefan Nehrer presented the OMT-Diploma to the students. Austria therefore considers the international trend for academic education within Physiotherapy.

The number of 28 students in the acute program shows the big interest for these kind of professional development specialties within the field of manual therapy. In winter term 2010 a new Master program will start at Krems. Information and Registration is available from th May 2009 for the first time an OMT-formation has been completed at a University. Seventeenwww.donau-uni.ac.at/muscu
The new OMT-Therapists:

Austria is redesigning its website at the moment, which gives our subgroup the opportunity to update and refine our page as well. We apologize if the link from the IFOMPT website is not working at the moment.

Canada: Delegate – Anita Gross

Our national symposium entitled “Disability to Ability” was held in partnership with the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) National Congress in Calgary, Alberta on May 28 to 31, 2009. It was filled with events like clinical site visits, national committee meetings, local flavour night, social tours, morning eyeopener sessions, a silent auction and “fun run” for fund raising in the Physiotherapy Foundation. It was an exciting time to view physiotherapy across it’s fields once again. We will be linking with CPA to assess and develop a marketing plan for CAMT as well as CPA members. Our customers (doctors, other professionals, patients & their families, policy makers, government) needs must be clearly understood so CAMT can more explicitly target these needs. CPA is piloting the CPA Guidelines for Clinical Specialty Programs; this will have positive implications for CAMT in the near future.

In June 2008, the first Canadian university-based class of orthopaedic manual therapists (OMT) was completed.

We currently have two systems, one under the CPA umbrella and the other within University of Western Ontario. To achieve increased research basis to our CPA – Orthopaedic Division Program, we will be linking with on-line research courses at University of Toronto as well as other universities from across Canada. These research courses are being tailored to OMT and IFOMT-standard and needs. This web-based system will allow equal access to OMT research training for physiotherapists from across our vast country. We have also completed a review and update of our CAMT procedural document.

Rendez-vous in Québec City committee chairs and executive members are meeting with the various hotels, services and our conference centre to detail plans. Here is the outlook from the conference centre. Remember to promote our conference at your national meetings. Please contact me slide presentation about the ABC’s for IFOMT 2012: Affordable, Beautiful and Contemporary.

CANADA for IFOMT 2012! We are making great progress; in early July ourgrossa@mcmaster.ca if you’d like to have a very short power point
Denmark: Delegate - Inge Ris

The Danish Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association has given high priority to three issues this year:
1. Evidence based manual therapy
2. Recognition
3. Visibility

We wanted to reach the three focuses by:Revision of the Musculoskeletal

  • Physiotherapy education in Denmark
  • Research & Development projects.
  • Physiotherapy around the country.

A new education has been launched since Rotterdam June 2008. The first courses in the new manual therapy program will start in August 2009. It is four years part time study and equals 60 ECTS points. One third is study and practice at home. Another third is classes and supervision (confronted with teachers) and the last third is paperwork, making a case report and doing exams.

The program has been adjusted and the description of our education is improved. We expect the education to become more coherent and a connected whole. Our task is to promote our education as modules – not single courses. Putting the modules together will create a whole. It’s an IFOMT recognized program and we continue to work for national visibility and national recognition.

So far the Danish Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy program is not (yet) in a university program. The Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association is cooperating with the University of Southern Denmark. We play an active part in the process of developing a master in Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy at university.

Today we’re 39 Musculoskeletal Physiotherapists in Denmark. The number has increased remarkably over the last 6 years. Our education is now well known and more and more physiotherapists are participating and taking the whole education of 4 – 5 years. At the same time we are working on keeping our members updated on new developments in manual therapy with refresher courses.

Teachers from the Danish Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Association have initially set up four research & development projects. Two projects are finished: one on cervical tests and one on clinical reasoning. The projects focus on evidence, promotion and implementation of knowledge. Implementing these reports is done by traveling around the country and doing workshops at local clinics. Fortunately Denmark is a small country!

Our mother organization is developing clinical guidelines for patients with neck pain. Two of our MT teachers are playing a major role in this report, which will be published this year.

We are challenged in our organization by interest groups of other concepts being established in Denmark. Our aim is to keep our organization as a platform for other groups. As such we have contact with a Mulligan teacher in Denmark; we also have cooperation with newly educated teachers in neurodynamics. If possible, working together instead of competing, will be in all our best interests.

Starting Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy Interest Groups and having “ambassadors” for Musculoskeletal
Finland: Delegate – Olli Aranko

The Finnish MO is preparing for the 40 was founded in 1969 and has grown to be the biggest special interest group for Physiotherapists in Finland. We are currently writing our history of the second 20 year period - the first was done 20 years ago. Most of the Finnish Physiotherapy specialists recognized by the Finnish Association of Physiotherapists are from our group.

Our OMT course has also had an anniversary this year. The first course started in 1984, and so we have had this educational possibility for 25 years. Since Physiotherapy or the OMT education is not a university level degree in Finland, we do not produce a lot of scientific studies, though we have achieved a very good reputation in clinical skills in neuro-musculoskeletal physiotherapy. 32 new OMT physios will graduate this summer and be applying for the 2010-13 OMT course in autumn.

We are doing our best to get the best teachers from Finland and abroad to our courses and seminars. We want to make it possible and easy for our members and all the physiotherapists to get the latest knowledge and skills in the field of manual therapy. We are also doing our best to spread the recognition of the benefits that physiotherapy can do to keep Finnish citizens healthy and in good function through their whole life.

th Anniversary Congress and Gala Dinner in November. Our Association

Germany: Delegate - Fiona Morrison

Thank you to Sweden for hosting a great conference and a very successful ECE Meeting. Once again the value of the face to face meetings was shown.

Germany is moving onward and upward along the steep learning curve related to the monitoring process.  Although there is a lot of hard work involved, it has been very educative as well as challenging. The other main activity in Germany at the moment is our new marketing concept, which involves a new interactive homepage and a hard drive towards more recognition for OMT.

Greece: Delegate – Kostas Sakellariou

We have finished the written OMT examination in which 25 participants passed successfully. We continue with the internal monitoring and the oral examination. A 5 days supervision course with 3 teachers will take place in Athens in July. We continue our work inside the Parent Body and the new group is planned to begin in Autumn.

We wish a nice summer to you all.

Greece - P.A.M.P. Delegate – Dimitris Korakakis

1st 2009 Semester Report

The first semester of the New Year of 2009, has been demanding and quite productive at the same time, for the Panhellenic Association of Manual Physiotherapists. Up to date, there have been successfully concluded 12 courses in both Greece and Cyprus, 1 Mid-Term Examination held in Athens & Salonika, 3 OMT Examinations in the same cities, and we have now started 3 new Basic Groups in Athens & Salonika. The following months, even during the Summer-time are quite busy too, and shows us one more time the appreciation for the Manual Therapy Education and Clinical Development of the Greek Physiotherapists.

Meanwhile as last year, P.A.M.P. continues the post O.M.T. education course on "Normal Movements - Kinetic Control" with the wonderful Instructor Heidie Sinz. The participation was so great that 2 more courses have already been planned for 2010.

We also had the pleasure to be invited and participated in the 10th Nordic Congress in OMT/OM on the last days of May in Gothenburg, Sweden. The participants from our Association were Mr Korakakis and Mr Manolarakis. We had a great time there for lots of reasons. Firstly, we benefited from the scientific program as Manual Therapists and, as always in these conferences, exchanged considerations in both the clinical and research field of our domain with colleagues from all over the world. Secondly, we had a fairly productive Meeting with Mrs Basson, Mrs Alison Rushton and members of the Standards Committee of IFOMT along with the Greek MO Group and formed the base for the formation of an Umbrella Group in Greece. Last but not least, we really enjoyed the trip in the North of Europe since it was our first time in Scandinavian land. The scenery and the people we met were extraordinary indeed!

Our website is continuously revised and is available for further information on any new subjects / matters course to those of the "other" hemisphere and 'down under" land", have a nice winter break!!!!

fοr its members and organised a 2daywww.manualtherapists.gr). We sincerely wish all of you to have a pleasant and relaxing summer time and of

Hong Kong: Delegate - Agnes Chan

No report received.

Ireland: Delegate - Niamh Moloney

The Chartered Physiotherapists in Musculoskeletal Therapy (CPMT) had yet another busy year in 2008/2009.

The key role of the CPMT is the promotion and maintenance of high standards of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in Ireland. This includes the development and delivery of domestically run courses, the organisation of courses given by renowned international speakers, representation at ISCP council, liaison with other clinical interest and employment groups as well as recognition and promotion of members with specialist qualifications in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

It was a big year for the CPMT as we achieved full membership to IFOMT. The title chosen for use by Level 2 accredited musculoskeletal physiotherapists is “Chartered Musculoskeletal Physiotherapist” and was voted in at the AGM in 2008. Accreditation is a big advance in the development of musculoskeletal physiotherapy in this country. We hope that as many people as possible avail of the opportunity to have their qualifications recognised and that they will help to promote  musculoskeletal physiotherapy and encourage others to take the steps to achieve Level Two membership. Certainly the number of applicants to date is quite encouraging.

Rolling out the two tiered membership is progressing well. We have been accepting applications from members who automatically qualify through their post graduate qualifications since February. We are also close to finalising processes for alternative pathways applications which has been a more arduous task.

As education is a key role of the CPMT we have continued to be active in this area. The CPMT Spinal Series courses are continually being run. We are also in the process of developing new musculoskeletal courses and working on having these courses accredited. Mark Jones returned last June and presented both beginners and advanced courses. There are two international speakers scheduled for November 2009 with both Chad Cook and Wim Dankaarts due to present courses. The annual free lecture was held in March and a most interesting talk of Shoulder Surgery was presented by Mr. Hannon Mullett.

The CPMT has been attempting to increase contact with its membership this year. The website has been updated and has started publishing lists of recommended articles for the membership. In addition, the CPMT has been working closely with the ISCP to ensure fair representation of musculoskeletal physiotherapy during the ISCP promotional campaign. We also expect to start promoting Level Two membership amongst our colleagues in physiotherapy and medicine over the next few months.

2008/2009 also saw the advent of JOSPT subscriptions to all members. The cost of this was covered by an increase in subscription fees last year. As always CPMT members are also entitled to a discount on Manual
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