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Conferences and events about physiotherapy in mental health
Physiotherapy for mental health

The International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH), is a subgroup with 27 member organizations from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Denmark, Estonia, Ethiopia, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Latvia, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UK.

The IOPTMH was accepted as a subgroup in the 17th general meeting of World Physiotherapy, in Amsterdam in 2011 and reconfirmed in 2015 and 2019.

The subgroup was developed from an international network of physiotherapists working in the field of psychiatry and mental health.

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Physiotherapy in mental health

Physiotherapy in mental health is a specialty implemented in different health and mental health settings, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine. It is person-centered and provided for children, adolescents, adults and older people with mild, moderate and severe, acute and chronic mental health problems, in primary and community care, inpatients and outpatients.

Physiotherapists in mental health provide health promotion, preventive health care, treatment and rehabilitation for individuals, groups and in group therapeutic settings. Physiotherapists in mental health create a therapeutic relationship to provide assessment and services specifically related to the complexity of mental health within a supportive environment applying a model including biological and psycho-social aspects.

Physiotherapy in mental health aims to optimize wellbeing and empower the individual by promoting functional movement, movement awareness, physical activity and exercises, bringing together physical and mental aspects. Physiotherapists in mental health contribute to the multidisciplinary team and inter-professional care. Physiotherapy in mental health is based on the available scientific and best clinical evidence.

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Young attendees at 9th IOPTMH 2022 Conference
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World Physiotherapy in Mental Health

The International Organization of Physical Therapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH) is a World Physiotherapy subgroup, including member organizations from all over the World. The IOPTMH was accepted as a World Physiotherapy subgroup at the 17th WCPT General Meeting, in Amsterdam, 2011 and reconfirmed in 2015 and 2019. The subgroup was developed from an international network of physical therapists working in the field of mental health

IOPTMH brings physical therapists in mental health into the spotlight

The IOPTMH wants to bring the contribution of physical therapists in mental health into the spotlight. It is important for society, for the patient, for the clinical practice as well as the relationship with other professionals to create and strengthen a culture of physiotherapy in mental health.

IOPTMH stimulates dialogue between colleagues about physical therapy in mental health

The IOPTMH organizes every second year an international conference. The purpose of these conferences is to stimulate a dialogue between colleagues, to promote the exchange of experiences and bring new ideas to improve society’s wellbeing and mental health.

Round table discussions about physical therapy in mental health

Beside the official biannual IOPTMH conference, the IOPTMH aims to stimulate and support worldwide activities related with the promotion of physiotherapy in mental health. Workshops, round table discussions, policy documents and research projects are some examples of the activities of the IOPTMH in the field of mental health physiotherapy.

Objectives

The objectives according to the IOPTMHs' constitution are to:

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Foster co-operation between physiotherapists practicing in mental health throughout the world.

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Encourage scientific research and promote opportunities for the spread of knowledge of new developments in the field of mental health.

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Encourage improved standards and consistency of practice in mental health care by physiotherapists.

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Assist World Physiotherapy member organizations in the development of recognized sub-sections in mental health.

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Advance practice by communication and exchange of information.

How to become a member

To become a member organization of IOPTMH, the national physiotherapy association must be a World Physiotherapy member organization. For further information, please contact us.

Interested colleague, stay connected

If you are not part of a national member organization but would like to be connected with IOPTMH, you can be included in our mailing list by filling this box with your email.

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How IOPTMH is organized

The IOPTMH is governed by its Member Organizations

Executive Committee

The daily functioning of the organization is conducted by the Members of the Executive Committee.

Daniel Catalán-Matamoros, President of IOPTMH

Daniel Catalán-Matamoros

President

Ellen Lake, Vicepresident of IOPTMH

Ellen Lake

Vicepresident

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Davy Vancampfort

Secretary

Mark Hojbo, Treasurer of IOPTMH

Mark Højbo

Treasurer

Elisa Galvez, Member of IOPTMH

Norma Elisa Gálvez

Member Elected

The Executive Committee is greatly supported by the following Committees.

Committee for Education

Norma Elisa Gálvez Olvera

Mexico

Chair

Jorgelina della Casa

Argentina

Member

Jonna Jensen

Denmark

Member

Linda Slootweg

Netherlands

Member

Laura Hemmings

United Kingdom

Member

Sandy Lord

South Africa

Member

Staub Cristina

Switzerland

Member

Maria Maljanen

Finland

Member

Committee for Clinical Practice

Ellen Lake

Australia

Chair

Tine Van Damme

Belgium

Member

Marin Rändur

Estonia

Member

Olivia Stone

New Zealand

Member

Committee for Research

Davy Vancampfort

Belgium

Chair

Ryan McGrath

Australia

Member

Peter Fiala

Austria

Member

Didzis Razenbergs

Latvia

Member

Angel Eduardo Alvarado

Mexico

Member

Lidia Carballo

Spain

Member

Committee for Communication & Institutional Relations

Mark Højbo

Denmark

Co-chair

Daniel Catalán-Matamoros

Spain

Co-chair

Carla Oda

Brazil

Member

Salam Gómez Motta

Colombia

Member

Stavros Stathopoulos

Greece

Member

Anna Szcegielniak

Poland

Member

Graciela Rovner
(delegate: Ulrika Wallbing)

Sweden

Member