Volume 6 | July 2017
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Born to Move: Sue's Story
After suffering a compressed vertebra in her neck while climbing, Sue was told she would never run or climb again. But her physiotherapist was more interested in what she would be able to do and helped Sue shift her focus to the possible. Learn more about Sue’s physiotherapy story here.

Click here to learn more about Sue's Story.
Competence: Results from Continuing Competence Program Member Survey
A big thank you to the 1,234, or 50.3% of members surveyed, who participated in the Continuing Competence Program Member Survey in April 2017. Information from the member survey and best practices will be considered in re-designing the Continuing Competence Program.
Seeking Member Feedback on Continuing Competence Program Re-Design
 Re-design of the Continuing Competence Program has begun. This work will take several months and will be done in stages. For more information on the re-design (including timelines), click here. Members will also have the opportunity to give feedback. The first stage is already underway. Feedback will be accepted until August 15, 2017 for Program Elements, Program Components, and Monitoring + Development Concept. Links to feedback surveys are at the bottom of each section. If you have any questions, please contact Audrey Lowe at alowe@physiotherapyalberta.ca.
Good Practice: Quality Practice
Quality improvement is the stock and trade of managers, administrators, health system leaders and politicians, but it can seem to be a bit abstract - removed from the realities of daily clinical practice. When applied to patient care, there are important questions about quality that need to be addressed.

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Research in Focus: Optimizing Written Communication between Physiotherapists and Physicians
In 2016, physicians in BC noticed that progress notes written by physiotherapists were often vague, indecipherable, or non-existent. This created an opportunity to open the conversation of optimizing physiotherapist/physician communication, specifically regarding what physicians value in a written progress note.
President's Report

In last month’s newsletter, I reflected on activities Physiotherapy Alberta accomplished in 2016. This month, I would like to focus on what lies ahead.

Volunteer Opportunities

Physiotherapy Alberta is currently seeking a member for the Registration Committee. The Registration Committee reviews renewal and registration requirements and makes recommendations, reviews applications referred by the Registrar, and considers registration policy issues. Applicants must be able to participate in teleconference meetings during the work week. For more information, click here.

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 horeilly@physiotherapyalberta.ca.
Council News

News from the June 10, 2017 Council Meeting.

Annual Report

Our 2016 Annual Report has been submitted to government so it can be tabled at the Legislature.

 Webinars will be on hiatus for summer, starting in July and will resume in the fall. However, all of our webinars are recorded for later viewing.

Cross-Border Physiotherapy Services
On May 11, 2017 physiotherapy regulators from across Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate cross-border physiotherapy.

Click here for more information.
Understanding the Liability Insurance Requirement

All regulated members are required to personally hold professional liability insurance in the amount of $5 million to ensure coverage wherever they practice as a physiotherapist in Alberta, regardless of role or employment environment. Insurance must be continuous and in place at all times when the individual is registered.

Introducing the Physiotherapist Knowledge Self-Assessment

Physiotherapy Alberta is pleased to announce the launch of a Physiotherapist Knowledge Self-Assessment to help internationally-educated physiotherapists evaluate their basic physiotherapy knowledge compared to Canadian expectation. We hope the self-assessment is a useful tool for internationally-educated physiotherapists to engage in self-assessment and reflection and is part of their decision-making process when considering a career as a physiotherapist in Canada.
Other News
The federal government has introduced legislation to legalize cannabis across the country by July 2018. As the Government of Alberta prepares to make a number of decisions about this important issue -- many of them unprecedented – The Government of Alberta is asking all Albertans to share their views so that legalization in our province reflects your values.

From now until July 31, 2017, you can provide your feedback to Government by:

  • Completing an online survey at www.alberta.ca/cannabis
  • Providing written submissions to the Alberta Cannabis Secretariat at acs@gov.ab.ca. All submissions received will be posted online for everyone to read and consider.

You can also find additional information about cannabis and legalization, as well as a Community Toolkit that can help guide a community conversation on cannabis legalization at www.alberta.ca/cannabis.

The issue of cannabis legalization in Canada is complex, and it has the potential to impact everyone. The Government of Alberta wants to ensure Albertans have the opportunity to share their input and perspectives so government can develop the programs and policies that make sense for Albertans.

The Government of Alberta thanks you in advance for participating in these engagement opportunities, and please encourage your colleagues, family members, friends and neighbours to participate as well. 
If you aren’t already a member of ignitephysio, visit ignitephysio.ca today and join the online community of over 1,100 physiotherapists across Alberta!  These are just some of the great discussions happening on ignitephysio.
Q: I’m thinking of leaving my current clinic to move to a new one. How can I notify my patients of my move in a fair and appropriate way?   

A: Physiotherapy Alberta’s Practice Guideline: Leaving + Relocating to Another Practice includes a sample patient notification letter that outlines the patient’s options for ongoing care neutrally and professionally.
Evidence Corner

When it comes to instrument assisted soft tissue mobilization, more research is needed. Read this systematic review for more information. 
PD Events
Did you know Physiotherapy Alberta posts professional development events that are of interest to members? This month, there are 3 events happening in and around Alberta!

Click here view PD Events

True or False?
Physiotherapy business owners can offer, and physiotherapists can accept, contracts that include increased payments if the physiotherapist sees a specified number of patients per day.   

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