DWU students mark World Physiotherapy Day

Bachelor of Physiotherapy students at Divine Word University (DWU) took to the streets of Madang town this morning with an awareness campaign to mark “World Physiotherapy Day” which is celebrated globally on the 8th of September.

According to the World Confederation of Physical Therapy (WCPT), the day “is an opportunity for physical therapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution their profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent. WCPT supports member organisations in their efforts with a toolkit of free materials.”

The DWU students left the Nabasa Road campus dressed in white shirts, shorts and running shoes and began a road run near Madang Lodge and ran down the Modilon Road to the centre of town and returned to campus with the escort of police and a DWU truck carrying banners and students.

The purpose of the road run is to create awarenes in keeping with the aims of WCPT and highlight the importance of people keeping physically fit to avoid illness and injury.

The DWU students are marked the occasion under the theme “Fulfilling Potential” and are encouraging the public to “get physically fit now”.

Besides the awareness road run, the students and their lecturers had a full day of events including sports and a combined lunch at the Kibung Peles student recreation area to mark the occasion.

DWU is the only university in Papua New Guinea that runs a stand-alone physiotherapy program. The University runs a four-year Bachelor of Physiotherapy program through the Department of Physiotherapy. The department is part of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (formerly Faculty of Health Sciences).