December 2020
COVID-19 Pandemic
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Council Election!
Nominations are now open for the 2021 Council Election! Is it time to give back to your profession by putting your name forward?

Good Practice: Updates to Auto Insurance in Alberta
On October 30, 2020, the Lieutenant Governor in Council made amendments to three pieces of automobile insurance-related legislation that affect Alberta physiotherapists’ practice. The Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols Amendment Regulation, the Minor Injury Amendment Regulation and the Automobile Accident Insurance Benefits Amendment Regulation came into effect on November 1, 2020.

Research in Focus: Should Low-Quality Evidence Dominate High-Level Evidence?
Systematic reviews of randomized clinical trials (RCTs) are considered the highest level of evidence available to guide clinical practice decisions. Despite the increasing availability of RCTs relevant to physiotherapy practice and the presence of systematic reviews to guide clinical practice, research has reported that a significant proportion of intervention provided by physiotherapists either has no evidence-based recommendation to support it or is not recommended based on the evidence available.

Self-Selected Activity: There's No Time Like the Present

You can complete your chosen activity anytime during the registration year. The Practice Improvement Record is now available in the Member Portal. You may complete the form as soon as you complete your Self-Selected Activity or anytime before you renew your practice permit. 

2021 College-Selected Activity: Under Construction

The College-Selected Activity is paused while it is being built. Members will be notified when it is ready; watch for an announcement this spring.
Competence Theory: Dimensions of Informed Self-Assessment
One of the defining characteristics of a self-regulating health professional is their ability to self-assess for the purposes of performance improvement. With this in mind, many health professions regulators have integrated elements of self-assessment into their continuing competence programs.

Cancelled Registrations 2020
Registrations cancelled October 1, 2020 either at the request of the member or by Physiotherapy Alberta when the member failed to renew their practice permit.

Leadership Message: December 2020

Each year in early December we notify regulated members that nominations for the upcoming Council election are open and this year is no different. However, 2021 is expected to bring a year of change for Physiotherapy Alberta’s Council and it is important for nominees to understand what the year might bring.

Council News: November 2020

Council news from November 2020 Council Meeting.

Survey: Provide Feedback on the Newsletter
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Other News
The University of Western Ontario is exploring the perceptions of physiotherapists in the management of chronic health conditions. Participants must be practicing registered physiotherapists, currently practicing in a community or outpatient clinical setting, and speak English fluently. Participants will complete a one-on-one phone interview, taking approximately 40 minutes to complete and share their thoughts on the role of physiotherapy as an intervention for people living with chronic health conditions. For more information or to participate, contact Sarah Janssen at
College Conversations Podcast

Listen to the College Conversations Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Want to get caught up? Listen from the beginning, all episodes are also available in Physiotherapy Alberta's eLearning Center!
Episode 18
Date: November 15, 2020
Physiotherapy Alberta has always fielded questions regarding Physiotherapist Interns and the Provisional Register. This episode provides answers to the most common questions Physiotherapy Alberta receives about this group of registrants. Click here to listen.
Survival of Childhood Cancer & Premature Physiologic Aging - What Physiotherapists Need to Know
Date: December 17, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m.

For survivors of childhood cancers, 5-year survivorship is typically interpreted as the cancer having been “cured.” However, as these individuals age they experience a range of chronic conditions, frailty and premature physiologic aging typical of someone much older. This session will discuss the common, long-term sequelae encountered by childhood cancer survivors, their root causes, and implications for clinicians.
  • What impact can physiotherapists have to improve long-term survivorship when working with youth and adolescents with cancer?
  • What should every clinician be aware of when working with a patient with a remote history of childhood cancer?
  • How can exercise prescription improve long-term survivorship and quality of life?

Presenter: Betsy Campione, PT, DPT, CLT-LANA
Upcoming Webinars

Cannabis 101
Date: January 21, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m. MDT
Evidence Corner

This systematic review looked at the common and effective components of neuromuscular training programs designed to prevent ACL injuries.Evidence-Based Best-Practice Guidelines for Preventing Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injuries in Young Female Athletes. A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
Holiday Hours 2020
Physiotherapy Alberta's office will be closed inclusively from December 24 to January 3.
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