Prof. Suh-Fang Jeng of the Schooland Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy has been elected chairperson of the Asia Western Pacific (AWP) Region of the World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT). Prof. Jeng's long-term dedication and abundant experience in both scholarship and international service won her the solid support of the member organizations of the AWP Executive Committee during the 18th General Meeting of the WCPT-AWP Region in Bangkok, Thailand on June 27.
During her four-year term, which ends in 2021, Prof. Jeng will work in service of the region's member organizations as she leads the AWP Executive Committee. In addition to Taiwan, the other member organizations on the committee are Australia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Singapore.
During her election speech, Prof. Jeng declared that Taiwan has already developed from a colonial territory that required assistance from many sides into an independent nation that possesses advanced and thriving educational and healthcare systems, and that it hopes to share its experience in these areas with neighboring countries.
Prof. Jeng drew praise for hermany professional accomplishments during the two terms she served as the directorof the Schooland Graduate Institute of Physical Therapy as well as the two terms she served as the president of Taiwan Physical Therapy Association. In 2013, for instance, Prof. Jeng organized a major joint international meeting in Taiwan of both the WCPT-AWP Region and the Asian Confederation for Physical Therapy, drawing more than 1,000 physical therapy professionals from over 30 countries.
She also initiated a nationwide reform of physical therapy education, which led NTU and National Yang-Ming University to establish a six-year physical therapy PhD program in 2016. Prof. Jeng's advocacy of adjustments to National Health Insurance coverage for physical therapy brought greater fairness to the offering of physical therapy services.
Prof. Jeng also played an active role in the disaster response to the Formosa Fun Coast explosion in 2015. Her establishment of a model for international cooperation for the response led Taiwan and Japan to sign a memorandum of understanding.
In addition to these achievements, Prof. Jeng is also the first Taiwanese scholar to have joined an international physical therapy organization.