August 2019
PT Alberta
2019 Connect + Learn: FLASH SALE
Act fast! For a limited time, Physiotherapy Alberta is offering a 10% discount on all Connect + Learn conference registrations. There’s never been a better time to register! Don’t miss out! Use code FLASH10. Offer is only good until August 12.

Self-Selected Activity: Practice Improvement Record is Now Available Online

The 2018/2019 Practice Improvement Record is now available in the Member Portal. Physiotherapy Alberta’s DO.LEARN.GROW’s Self-Selected Activity involves the following steps.

2019 College-Selected Activity: Have You Achieved the Learning Objectives?

The DO.LEARN.GROW. 2019 College-Selected Activity provides a structured format on what physiotherapists can DO to help LEARN about and apply the Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct Standard of Practice and education guides to their practice.

Introducing the Physiotherapy Alberta Podcast: College Conversations
If you ever wished you had a friend at the College who you could call when you had questions about the Standards of Practice or when you encountered challenging situations, this podcast is for you!

In this friendly and informative podcast, Physiotherapy Alberta’s staff and guests highlight issues of regulatory interest and importance, answer common questions, and address misconceptions about the Standards of Practice and what they mean.

Renew Your Practice Permit

Registrants may now renew their practice permit for the 2019/2020 registration year. While your current practice permit does not expire until September 30, 2019, you must renew by midnight September 15 to avoid paying the $130 late fee.

The Physiotherapist Directory: How the “Find a Physiotherapist” Search Function Works

We are always working to refine the Find a Physiotherapist search function. This year, in response to member feedback and in conjunction with other changes to the member portal and website, we have undertaken a more significant review and update to the practice areas and the conditions listed in the directory that relate to these practice areas.

Good Practice: When Breaking Up is Hard to Do
I believe many of us would agree that “breaking up” with a patient who has not successfully achieved their physiotherapy goals is hard to do. These discharges can be some of the more challenging situations faced by physiotherapists.

Research in Focus: Why Some Pressure Injuries May Be Unpreventable for Individuals With Spinal Cord Injury
Pressure injury is the most common complication secondary to spinal cord injury. Although commonly thought to be an avoidable condition, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel now acknowledges that they may be unavoidable in some circumstances.

Student BBQ

Each year Physiotherapy Alberta hosts a BBQ for students entering the Physical Therapy program at the University of Alberta. If you are interested in contributing an item for us to give away as a door prize, let us know! This is an opportunity for you to get your organization's name out to the new students. For more information, or to donate, email Haylee at
Common Medications and Their Impact on Function
Date: September 19, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. MDT

The functional implications of medications will be reviewed in relation to musculoskeletal effects, falls, and considerations related to opioids. The presentation will include a review of the evidence and practical steps for physiotherapy assessment and therapeutic interventions.

Presenters: Allyson Jones, PT, PhD, and Cheryl Sadowski, B.Sc. (Pharm) Pharm. D.
Upcoming Webinars

Check out the eLearning Center for updates on upcoming webinars!
Other News
The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) and the International Network of Physiotherapy Regulatory Authorities (INPTRA) established a joint Digital Physical Therapy Practice Task Force to develop a white paper addressing physical therapy practice and regulation in the digital age. This white paper is an initial look at international digital practice and proposes a definition and purpose for digital physical therapy practice while exploring benefits, current limitations, regulatory concerns, guidelines, and considerations for educational programs. A survey was created in the hopes of obtaining your feedback on the white paper. The WCPT and INPTRA boards of directors and the task force members want to ensure this report is a global representation of digital physical therapy practice. Therefore, they need your help! They encourage you to take a moment to read the white paper and respond to the survey with as much detail as possible. This is a short survey that will only take a few minutes to complete. If you have any questions please email:

The 2020 Skate Canada Challenge is being held in Edmonton, Alberta from November 27 to December 1, 2019 at the Terwillegar Community Recreation Centre. Over 550 figure skaters and 350 coaches and officials are expected to attend. Medical Volunteers are required for rink side coverage of practice and competition rinks (up to 4 rinks) as well as the medical treatment room providing care (initial assessment and minor treatment) for acute issues that may arise during the course of the event as well as medical issues that may occur on ice. Click here for more information.
Learn together with your colleagues in an easy-to-use forum community. Beyond the forum, you get access to resources, course reviews, industry news and the latest ignite podcasts. Join nearly 3,000 physiotherapists from across Canada! These are just some of the great discussions happening on ignitephysio:

Professional Development Events

Have you checked out the PD Events page recently? This August, there are 4 events happening in and around Alberta!

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