Advancing an environmentally responsible physiotherapy


The world faces complex and interrelated crises… Climate change, biodiversity loss, pollution, rapid urbanization, geopolitical conflict and militarization, demographic change, population displacement, poverty, and widespread inequity create risks of future crises even more severe than those experienced today. Responses require investments that integrate planetary, societal, community and individual health and well-being (WHO 2021 Geneva Charter for Wellbeing)


 The impact of human activities on our planet’s natural systems has been intensifying rapidly in the past several decades, leading to disruption and transformation of most natural systems. These disruptions in the atmosphere, oceans, and across the terrestrial land surface are not only driving species to extinction, they pose serious threats to human health and wellbeing. Characterising and addressing these threats requires a paradigm shift (Myers, 2017)

Action at the level of direct drivers of nature decline, although necessary, is not sufficient … a sustainable global future’ is ‘only possible with urgent transformative change that tackles the root causes: the interconnected economic, socio-cultural, demographic, political, institutional, and technological indirect drivers behind the direct drivers (Diaz et al., 2019)


An international community of academics, clinicians, practitioners and students interested in exploring and advancing the field of environmental physiotherapy. 


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Become part of the first international community of physiotherapists with an interest in researching, developing, and practising physiotherapy at a planetary scale. 


A growing selection of resources carefully selected by members of the EPA to inspire your thinking and practice of environmental physiotherapy. 

Physiotherapie + Studium + Nachhaltigkeit = Zukunft

Vor wenigen Wochen wurde ich mit der EPA und ihrem Thema der Verknüpfung von Physiotherapie und Umwelt konfrontiert. Wenige Tage später veröffentlichte die EPT ihre Agenda 2023. Erfahrungen und Gedanken zu einem Thema, wenn man persönlich bei Level 0 anfängt....

PhysioHike – Break free and just be!

We, Thies Bundtzen (GER), Maud Weterings (NL) and Arthur Desachy (FR) have all recently finished our physiotherapy studies. The idea for this event has evolved out of the PhysioCouch Community, which inspired us with international events just like 2019 in Czech...

Using Data to Build Sustainability in Physical Therapy

Recently, you may have seen the widely published editorial in hundreds of health journals calling for emergency action on climate change. While the focus of that editorial was primarily external to healthcare, calling on governments to do more overall, we would be...

Showcasing the Potential of Student Research at the Fourth Environmental Physiotherapy Roundtable

For the fourth year in a row, toward the end of November each year since the launch of the EPA, we have hosted an environmental physiotherapy roundtable - an opportunity to come together amongst different groups of colleagues to share our thoughts and discuss and...

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