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JPA promoting healthier living through physiotherapy

Published by the Jamaica Gleaner: Wednesday | November 8, 2023 | 12:09 AM

Jamaica Physiotherapy Association (JPA) president, Dr Dave Foster (centre left), and JPA assistant treasurer, Tajay Bailey (centre), pose alongside students from the University of the West Indies physiotherapy programme who attended the JPA Health Fair, Expo & Annual Conference at Summit in Kingston of October 27.

THE JAMAICA Physiotherapy Association (JPA), the national professional organisation representing physiotherapists, interns, and students throughout Jamaica, recently hosted its JPA Health Fair, Expo and Annual Conference.

This year’s conference, themed ‘Movement for a Healthier Lifestyle: The Physiotherapist’s Role in The Management of Chronic and Non-Communicable Diseases’, brought together approximately 120 professionals, students and the general public, uniting for a common cause: promoting healthier living through physiotherapy.

The core mission of the event was to educate and engage the public about the ever-evolving realm of physiotherapy practice in Jamaica. It also aimed to foster crucial discussions among prominent stakeholders from local and international bodies and the medical communities in Jamaica.

In a compelling address to the audience, president of the JPA, Dr Dave Foster, emphasised the pivotal role of physiotherapists in the community.

"The JPA Conference 2023 stands as a testament to our dedication to health, wellness, and the power of physiotherapy in enhancing the quality of life. It is not just an event; it is an opportunity to explore the cutting-edge advancements in our field, discover innovative techniques, and engage with the experts among us who are at the forefront of the field," Dr Foster said.

"Physiotherapy professionals are making a significant impact on the health and wellness of communities, and this event extends our reach to empower everyone to take control of their health, especially in a time where physical well-being is paramount," he added.

Physiotherapist Kimberly Hoffman Reid makes a presentation on ‘Mummy Tummy Guide: Conquering The Fourth Trimester’ at the JPA Health Fair, Expo & Annual Conference at Summit in Kingston of October 27.

The event was enriched with an array of insightful and informative sessions, presented by experts in the field of physiotherapy, covering topics such as cosmetic lymphatic drainage, mummy tummy, ageing and disability, managing children with cerebral palsy, pelvic health and male fertility, cancer rehabilitation, pain management in cancer patients, injury prevention, and access to care within sports in Jamaica.

Further, the remarkable support of entities, including the Chase Fund, Indus Life Sciences PVT Limited, and the National Health Fund, played pivotal roles in elevating the event as sponsors and exhibitors.

Jamaica Physiotherapy Association (JPA) member and registered physiotherapist, Jodane Gilling (centre), poses with members of Special Olympics Jamaica, who attended the JPA Health Fair, Expo & Annual Conference at Summit in Kingston of October 27.

Along with other companies, they provided attendees with pertinent information, resources, and opportunities for engaging in conversations, which exemplified a shared commitment to supporting the JPA’s mission.

The Jamaica Physiotherapy Association expresses its heartfelt appreciation to all participants, attendees, and sponsors for contributing to the success of the JPA Health Fair, Expo and Annual Conference 2023. The association looks forward to continuing its vital work in enhancing the health and well-being of the Jamaican population.



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