Canadian physiotherapists contributed actively at the WFH 2024 World Congress

We had a great Canadian physiotherapy contingent in Spain for the WFH 2024 World Congress. Six physiotherapists (PTs) from across Canada (Montréal, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Calgary, and Vancouver), almost coast to coast, attended multiple sessions and some also presented and facilitated sessions.

Canadian physiotherapist Laurence Boma-Fisher presenting at the WFH 2024 Wolrd Congress.

With our strong group of PTs, we had a lot to contribute during the question and answer periods. We also represented with posters at the poster display area.

One of my favourite things about world congress is to hear from people with hemophilia, and their health care teams, from all over the world. I find it is so important to reflect on the different circumstances and resources for people with bleeding disorders around the globe. This encourages us to continue advocacy for both our patients and our international community at large. It also helps us to learn other techniques for our patients that we may not have tried in our higher resource country.

There was an excellent array of sessions from gene therapy to new information about musculoskeletal health to sexual health and well-being. There were discussions of new products coming down the pipelines. It continues to be an exciting time with new advancements being developed to offer our patients even more choices for individualized treatment.

And don’t worry, we still found time to get loose and explore the city as well! I am looking forward to the WFH 2025 Comprehensive Care Summit that will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and to continue to see the evolution in bleeding disorder care.

Canadian physiotherapists in Madrid. From left to right: Laurence Boma-Fisher, Julia Brooks, Greig Blamey, Karen Strike, Stacey Cave and Josie Pilon.