Three slides to get you started with planetary health, environmental, and sustainability education in physiotherapy. No matter what subject you teach.
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One of the fundamental starting points and cornerstones of environmental physiotherapy is the acknowledgment and in-depth study of the manifold interconnections between health, environment, and society. In the majority of leading education and competency frameworks for planetary health, environmental and sustainability education, like the Planetary Health Education Framework, the learning outcomes developed by the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, the EU GreenComp sustainability competence framework, and the UNESCO education for SDGs framework, the study and understanding of these interconnections is also highlighted as a central constant across learning objectives and related competencies.
The PowerPoint slides available for download on this page are meant to provide physiotherapy educators around the world with a simple starting point to integrate planetary health, environmental, and sustainability education into their teaching, with a focus on this central learning dimension: the interconnections between health, environment, and society.
As such, these slides are also a central output of the EPT Agenda 2023, which, aimed to answer the question how we should get started with environmental physiotherapy education. This lays the foundation for further implementation of environmental physiotherapy across curricula and the integration of other key competencies for sustainability. To support the further development of these slides please contact us here.
The development of the EPT education kickstarter slides began at the 2023 European Network of Physiotherapy in Higher Education (ENPHE) seminar in Bergen, Norway following the formation of a new ENPHE subgroup on environmental physiotherapy.
Other projects and resources in environmental physiotherapy education
There are an increasing number of projects and resources surrounding planetary health, environmental and sustainability education. For published literature and relevant websites please visit our resources page.
The PREP-IP project addresses the mismatch between the competence of healthcare professionals and the complex rehabilitation needs of a growing population of refugees and migrants in Europe.
In partnership with physiopedia and Plus, the Environmental Physiotherapy Association has launched an Environmental Physiotherapy Content Development Project and a growing range of Environmental Physiotherapy Courses featuring a growing number of courses related to environmental physiotherapy.