Volume 11 | December 2017
PT Alberta
2018 Council Election: Nominations Now Open!
Nominations are now open for the 2018 Council Election! Is it time to give back to your profession by putting your name forward?

Good Practice: Whose Job is it to Keep the Practice Area Clean?
Although a physiotherapist may not be expected to routinely clean the facility in which they work, they have a professional and ethical responsibility to ensure that the practice environment is safe and is equipped, operated, and maintained in a manner consistent with infection prevention and control standards and guidelines.

Competence: Understanding the Member-Led Activity List
Physiotherapy Alberta is redesigning its Continuing Competence Program. We have sought member opinions as new program concepts and components are introduced. In our latest survey on the proposed Practice Monitoring + Development Design and Activities, member-led activities were a common theme.

Research in Focus: Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation of Tibialis Anterior
Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation (NMES) is commonly used to stimulate the tibialis anterior (TA) and generate dorsiflexion in individuals with “drop-foot.” The authors of this study describe three different methods of applying NMES to TA.

Technology in Practice
Technology is increasingly impacting the way that people work. Physiotherapy is no exception. We want to hear from you. Over the coming months Physiotherapy Alberta hopes to start a conversation about technology and provide useful resources related to its use in clinical practice.

Leadership Report: December

I am writing this message exactly one month after becoming the Registrar/Executive Director. I would like to start by telling you a little about myself.

Council News: November 2017

News from the November 18, 2017 Council Meeting.

Born to Move Advertisements
Starting this December, the Born to Move stories will be featured as advertisements online and on TV.

Introducing the Infection Prevention and Control Resource Guide
Effective Infection Prevention and Control is essential for the delivery of quality, safe physiotherapy services. Physiotherapists must be knowledgeable about the principles underlying infection control and implement appropriate measures in their practice. This resource provides practical information to assist physiotherapists in those efforts.

Cancelled Registrations 2017

Registrations cancelled October 1, 2017 either at the request of the member or by Physiotherapy Alberta when the member failed to renew their practice permit.

Holiday Hours

Physiotherapy Alberta’s office will close at noon on December 22, 2017 and will re-open January 2, 2018.
Future Webinars

Critical Care Update
Date : January 24, 2018
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Motivational Interviewing for Injured Workers
Date: December 14, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.

Work rehabilitation clinicians routinely address psychological and behavioral barriers that lead to work disability. Motivational interviewing (MI) is a client-centered approach focusing on intrinsic motivation for change, identifying and resolving conflicts of ideas or attitudes. This session will discuss the MI technique, past research related to MI, and evidence regarding the effectiveness of MI with injured workers.

Presenter: Joanne Park, PhD, BScOT
If you aren’t already a member of ignitephysio, visit ignitephysio.ca today and join the online community of over 2,500 physiotherapists across Canada!  These are just some of the great discussions happening on ignitephysio.
PD Events

Have you checked out the PD Events page recently? This December, there are 7 event listings happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

Another interesting consideration when dealing with patients suffering from chronic pain and describing stiffness as a primary symptom.  Feeling stiffness in the back: A protective, perceptual influence in chronic back pain.
Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently no volunteer positions open. Check www.physiotherapyalberta.ca for updates.
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