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World Physiotherapy Day 2016: Physiotherapists help add life to years

Physiotherapists can help older people to be independent, improving quality of life and reducing health care costs. This is the message from the Chartered Physiotherapists across Ireland as they prepare to take part in World Physiotherapy Day on 8th September 2016.

Every year, World Physiotherapy Day is an opportunity for physiotherapists from all over the world to raise awareness about their crucial role in keeping people well, mobile and independent. This World Physiotherapy Day uses the theme “Add life to years” and the hashtag #addlifetoyears, following the World Health Organisation's World Report on Ageing and Health which says that “maintenance of functional ability has the highest importance” for older people.

By 2050 the global population will include two billion people aged 60 or over, and 400 million aged 80 or over. Physiotherapists have a key role in helping people with long-term conditions achieve their goals, fulfil their potential and participate fully in society.

“Every day frontline physiotherapists are transforming lives through the application of their clinical skills and experience. This is particularly so when working with older people whose health needs increase as they age”, says WCPT Chief Executive Officer Jonathon Kruger.

“Enabling older people to maintain their independence and continue to participate in society is a key skill of physiotherapists around the world. In the coming years these skills will be more in demand and the global profession is willing and able to meet that challenge.”

All the promotional materials for the day are available for you to view and share on social media:

WCPT have also released promotional materials

World Physiotherapy Day events around Ireland:


  • 9th September (12pm) O'Neill Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, Ballyconnell, Cavan


  • 8th September (12pm - 2pm) Physiotherapy Dept, 1st Floor PCCC, Blackrock Hall, Skehard Road, Cork


  • 8th September (all day event) Physio service, Letterkenny primary care team, Scally Place, Justice Walsh Rd, Letterkenny, co Donegal

  • 08/09/16 (all day event) Physiotherapy Department, Ramelton Community Hospital, Ramelton, Donegal


  • 8th September (10am-2pm) Blackrock Clinic, Rock Road, Blackrock, Dublin (Hospital Foyer adjacent to restuarant)

  • 8th September (all day event) C/O Physiotherapy Dept., Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

  • 8th September (10am-3pm) Milltown Physiotherapy, 98 Lower Churchtown Road, Dublin 14

  • 8th September (12-2pm) Physiotherapy Department St. James' Hospital, James' Street, Dublin 8

  • 8th September (9am - 4pm) WPT Day stand in Mater Hospital (Eccles st. entrance), Dublin 7

  • 8th September PhysioCare Clinics, 47 Rushbrook, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15

  • 8th September (5pm - 7pm) UCD Sports Centre, Belfield, Dublin 4

  • Flynn Medical Exercise, Unit 2, Blackglen Village, Simon's Ridge, Blackglen Rd, Sandyford, Dublin 18

  • Physiotheraoy Department, Peamont healtcare, Newcastle, Dublin

  • Physiotherapy Department, St. Vincent's Private Hospital Merrion Road, Dublin 4

  • PhysioCare Clinics, 47 Rushbrook, Blanchardstown, Dublin 15



  • 7th & 8th September (1:00 - 3:00pm) Wed: Out Patients Depart Thurs: Main Reception of Portiuncula Hospital, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway

  • 8th September (9am-4pm) Physiotherapy Department, University Hospital Galway, Galway

  • 8th September (all day event) Portumna Physiotherapy Clinic, Portumna, Co Galway

  • Dunkellin Street, Loughrea, Co. Galway



  • 8th September (all day event) Physiotherapy Department, Old Hospital Building, Naas General Hospital, Naas, Co. Kildare


  • Clinical Therapies, Faculty of Education and Health Sciences, University of Limerick, Limerick

  • Murano House, Castleroberts, Adare, Co Limerick

  • Department of Physiotherapy, St Johns Hospital, Limerick


  • 8th September (all day event) Physiotherapy Department, Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda, Louth (main corridor from the front door of the hospital to the in-patient wards/lifts)


  • Physio West Clinic, James Street, Westport, Co. Mayo


  • Ashbourne Physiotherapy Clinic, 9 Town Centre, Ashbourne, Co Meath

  • 8th September (12-4pm) Athboy Physio and Sports Clinic, Connaught Street, Athboy, Co. Meath

  • Dangan, Summerhill, Co Meath


  • 8th September event held during Arthritis class (class fully booked) at North West Physiotherapy, Upper Pearse Rd, Sligo

  • 8th - 23rd September (8:30 – 4:30) Primary Care Physiotherapy, Barrack Street, Sligo


  • 5 Tivoli tce, Tramore, Co Waterford

  • Physiotherapy Department, University Hospital Waterford, Waterford


  • 8th September (8:30 - 5pm) Primary Care Centre, The Avenue, Gorey, Co. Wexford

  • 8th September (all day event) Main entrance, Physiotherapy Department, Wexford General Hospital, Newtown Road, Wexford

  • Physiotherapy Department, Healthy Living Centre, New Ross, Wexford

  • Physiotherapy Dept, St Johns Hospital, Enniscorthy, Wexford

  • Redshire Road, Murrintown, Wexford


  • 8th September (9am -11am) Jean Andrews Physio, Greystones medical Centre, Mill Road, Greystones, Co Wicklow

  • 20/09/2016, 27/09/2016, 04/10/2016 and 18/10/2016 (8.30 - 1:00 and 2:00 - 4.30)Primary Care Centre, Mt. Kennedy Town Centre, Newtownmountkennedy, Wicklow.

About the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists

The Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is the national, professional body representing over 3,000 Chartered Physiotherapists in Ireland. The Society is the only association in Ireland recognised by the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT)