The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) has endorsed the nomination of former National President Melissa Locke - FACP for the position of Vice President of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT).

“Melissa is a highly distinguished leader of the profession with more than 30 years’ experience at the highest levels,” APA National President Phil Calvert said.

“Her strengths in corporate governance, strategic thinking and leadership make her an ideal candidate to represent physiotherapists globally and I strongly endorse her nomination.”

Melissa has served on the WCPT Board previously – she was elected to the WCPT Board of Directors from the Asia-West Pacific region in 2015. With strong financial literacy, she was the inaugural Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee for WCPT – and brought independent members to the committee. Unfortunately, extenuating personal circumstances led to her resignation in 2017.

“I am now in a position to complete the work I began while on the WCPT Board and there has never been a more important time to contribute to the Confederation,” Melissa said.

“The WCPT is in an exciting phase, reviewing and aiming to strengthen its corporate governance, and continuing to extend its strategic direction and leadership within the education, health and disability spheres.”

The Brisbane-based paediatric specialist said that while she was passionate about the development of physiotherapy services and associations in emerging countries, she also understood the different needs of large Member Organisations (MOs). “I hope to be able to look at the needs of all MOs and work with the board to provide value on multiple fronts to our member organisations,” Melissa said.

With an illustrious career spanning 30 years, Melissa has held numerous roles at the APA since 2001, including as the Chair of the Board and an inaugural member of the Audit and Risk committee. She also chaired the Physiotherapy Research Foundation.

Last year, Melissa was awarded an Honorary APA Life Membership in recognition of her remarkable contribution. She has also served as examiner at the Australian College of Physiotherapists and is the current facilitator of the Australian College of Physiotherapists.

Founded in 1951, the WCPT is the sole international voice for physical therapy, representing more than 450,000 physical therapists worldwide through its 109 member organisations, including the APA.