July 2018
PT Alberta
Good Practice: New in Legislation
The Legislative Responsibilities Standard of Practice requires physiotherapists to practice in compliance with all the relevant legislative and regulatory requirements in Alberta. This means that members must be knowledgeable of new legislation or changes to existing legislation that relate to their practice.

Research in Focus: Pulmonary Rehabilitation for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis
Pulmonary rehabilitation (PR) is a multidisciplinary intervention including supervised exercise programming, home exercises, education, nutritional counselling, medical management, and self-management education.

Technology in Practice: Phishing and Ransomware - Why You Should Care
In addition to the more “traditional” disasters, the use of electronic systems such as EMRs and online databases to collect patient outcome information creates the risk of phishing and ransomware attacks which can have similar disastrous implications.

Member Spotlight: Journey to the Olympics
Many physiotherapists enter the profession with the goal of working with athletes and travelling with teams to world championships and the Olympics. This month, we shine our Member Spotlight on Lois Pohlod, a member who has made this goal a reality when she travelled to Brazil to be the Chief Therapist for Canada in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Nominate a colleague or student for a 2018 Physiotherapy Alberta Award!
Do you have a colleague who contributes to the physiotherapy profession? Do you know a fellow physiotherapist whose research is focused on improving quality of care or delivery of physiotherapy services? Do you know a physiotherapy student who demonstrates leadership? Nominate them for an award today!

The nomination deadline is midnight July 20, 2018.

Council News: June 2018
News from the June 2018 Council Meeting.

Leadership Message

One of my first tasks in this new role was to write this report and introduce myself to the membership, so here is a bit about me.

Volunteer Opportunities

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.
2018 Continuing Competence Requirements

Even though Physiotherapy Alberta is revising its Continuing Competence Program, the current requirement for completing Reflective Practice Review activities remains in effect until the new program is implemented. This means that if you are on the General Register you are required to participate in Reflective Practice Review before renewing your practice permit in August/September 2018.  Your date of admission to the General Register impacts the Reflective Practice activities that must be completed. Consider starting work on your Reflective Practice Review activities now.

If you participated and completed ALL requirements of the pilot test you will be exempt from your Reflective Practice Review for renewal in September 2018.

Questions or Comments?  competence@physiotherapyalberta.ca, 1-800-291-2782 or 780-438-0338.
Watch Recorded Webinars in the eLearning Center
There are currently no webinars scheduled; however, previously recorded webinars are available in the eLearning Center.

Other News
A provincial breast health initiative aimed at implementing best practices for perioperative care for breast cancer surgery patients has recently launched provincial patient education resources with updated recommendations for exercises after breast cancer surgery. This work is being led by the Cancer Strategic Clinical Network in collaboration with the breast surgical community including patients with lived experience and care providers. A working group of AHS physiotherapists has been involved in the creation of these resources. Click here to view the resources on MyHealthAB.

Linda Woodhouse, Associate Professor of University of Alberta, is conducting an online survey collecting information on current patterns of care in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in Canada. The questionnaire should take about 15 minutes to complete. The project is led by Drs. Debbie Feldman, Sasha Bernatsky and Linda Woodhouse (University of Montreal, McGill University and University of Alberta). The results of this survey will help improve models of care in musculoskeletal physiotherapy.  If you want to participate, please click here . Thank you for your valuable time and contribution to the advancement of knowledge in physiotherapy. 
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:

PD Events

Have you checked out the PD Events page recently? This July, there are 5 events happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

This study looks at the economic value of adding standing balance exercises to usual physiotherapy care for inpatient seniors. The numbers support previous evidence that two weeks of standing balance circuit classes improved balance in older general rehabilitation inpatients at two weeks and showed a trend towards an improvement in balance at three months.
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