With only a short time left to avail of the early bird rate (12th June 2018) for the ICS meeting in Philadelphia I felt, as the Physiotherapy Committee Chair, it was important to alert physiotherapists to the relevancy of the meeting content. In addition, the fantastic networking opportunities facilitated by the setting - a modern high-tech convention centre near to historical sites as well as the city centre. The scope of practice of pelvic health physiotherapists is ever increasing, as is the high-quality research instigated by members which goes to underpin efficacy.
Of the 32 accepted workshops there will be 12 that include physiotherapy input including 5 chaired by physiotherapists, with topics ranging from Pregnancy, Bowel Dysfunction Wiki, physiotherapy updates and ethical practices. It is also anticipated that there will be many presentations and poster displays by physiotherapists, or relevant to physiotherapy from the submission of nearly 900 abstracts.
Often the highlight for physiotherapists attending ICS is the Physiotherapy Forum (formally the Physiotherapy roundtable). This year the Physiotherapy Forum will be held on Wednesday 29th August from 2pm until 6pm, with diverse topical talks, including oncology and functional outcomes, PFD after childbirth, mapping brain networks of pelvic floor muscle control and toilet training. In addition, you can choose to attend 2 workshops facilitated by experts but presenting a great opportunity to learn from each other. Following which will be networking at the physiotherapy drinks reception, this event continues into the evening.
No ICS meeting is complete without the pelvic floor exercise classes! These will again be a feature at ICS 2018 and of course the exhibition, offering delegates the opportunity to avail of new technologies and innovations.
I have only highlighted some of the amazing sessions that are available, there is much more happening, and I believe it is worth attending.
I look forward to seeing you in Philadelphia for ICS 2018.
Programme in more detail
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