SAMK’s Merja Sallinen to join the International Organization of Physiotherapy in Mental Health

Senior Lecturer Merja Sallinen has been elected to join the 6-member Executive Committee of the International Organization of Physiotherapy in Mental Health (IOPTMH) for the next 2-year term.

30.6.2016 | By: Aino Pelto-Huikko

The election took place at the International Organization of Physiotherapy in Mental Health's general meeting in March, held in conjunction with the international conference in Madrid.

IOPTMH is one of the eleven thematic sub-groups of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy. The organisation's task is to promote research and education related to physiotherapy in mental health, increase international awareness of physiotherapy in mental health and support the national operators in their own activities.

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) represents approximately 350,000 physiotherapists in 111 countries.

Merja Sallinen defended her thesis on the narratives and functional abilities of fibromyalgia patients at the University of Jyväskylä in 2012. She has authored articles for scientific and patient-oriented publications covering topics such as chronic pain, mental health, fatigue, depression, experiences of violence and the quality of life. She has given presentations based on these themes at numerous international conferences.

– The appointment to the committee opens a new vantage point to the international operations and it creates visibility to the physiotherapy education provided by Finland and the Satakunta University of Applied Sciences, states Sallinen.