July 2019
PT Alberta
2019 Connect + Learn: Introducing the Keynote Speakers
When she was 14 years old, Horn-Miller was stabbed in the chest by a Canadian soldier wielding a bayonet while protesting the proposed development of traditional Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) lands and burial grounds near Montreal. This near-death experience marked a turning point in her life. Instead of succumbing to very real traumas, she found the strength to pursue, and achieve, incredible things. One of Horn-Miller’s greatest achievements has been in athletics.
Katz has evolved from a nervous first-timer at an open mic night into to a JUNO Award, Canadian Screen Award, and two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominated singer-songwriter with five albums under his belt. A gifted storyteller, Peter infuses his presentations with songs which inspire audiences to create their own path, overcome obstacles, and find success in whatever they desire
In 2010, following a 25-year mining career, Martin Parnell started his "Quests for Kids" initiative. Over the next five years he completed 10 "Quests". These included running 250 marathons in one year, setting five Guinness World Records in endurance events and summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in 21 hours. Parnell is the author of three books including The Secret Marathon: Empowering women and girls in Afghanistan through sport.
DO. LEARN. GROW. Continuing Competence Program
2019 College-Selected Activity: Ensure your Compliance with Bill 21 An Act to Protect Patients

We don’t know how long you will need to learn about, let alone deeply understand, Bill 21 and Physiotherapy Alberta’s newest Standard of Practice. We do know that renewal is two months away and with summer holidays it is easy to let learning slide. Here are resources to help you learn and comply with the new legislation and Standard of Practice

Self-Selected Activity: Completing your Practice Improvement Record this Summer

I imagine for most your thoughts are focused on enjoying the season rather than worrying about wrapping up your Self-Selected Activity and completing your Practice Improvement Record (PIR). But, wait! I am advocating that you grab a pint (of anything), go outside and spend all the time you need to do a good job to write up your Practice Improvement Record.

Leadership Message: July 2019

Message from the new Council President, Karin Eldred.

Council News: June 2019

Overview of the June Council meeting.

Good Practice: Finding and Evaluating Research
As physiotherapists we are required by the Code of Ethical Conduct and the Standards of Practice to commit to lifelong learning to maintain our competence and incorporate evidence into practice. A common strategy for meeting these expectations and staying up-to-date with emerging areas of practice is to search for and review current research related to a specific subject.

FAQ About the Amendments to the Health Professions Act: Sexual Abuse and Sexual Misconduct
The June 11, 2019 Webinar “Understanding Bill 21, An Act to Protect Patients” provided the opportunity for members of Physiotherapy Alberta to gain further understanding of the amendments to the Health Professions Act which received Royal Assent in 2018. This article will address some of the most common questions that arose during the webinar.

Member Spotlight: Three Decades of Giving Back to the Profession
This month we shine our member spotlight on Grant Irwin. If you have been a physiotherapist in the last two to three decades you are probably familiar with this name. Grant has volunteered his time, experience and knowledge to the physiotherapy community through his continuous and ongoing engagement in multiple committee and leadership roles.

Research in Focus: Abstracts of Low Back Pain Trials Often Deemed Inaccurate
Physiotherapists use the results of randomized controlled trials to guide their clinical decisions. However, these results can be exaggerated due to bias in how the trial was conducted or how it was reported. Although a review of the full report of trial results is necessary for critical appraisal of the evidence, clinicians often only have access to the abstract, or may only review the full study after first screening for relevance through the abstract. Therefore, the completeness and accuracy of the abstract is essential.

Upcoming Webinars

There are currently no upcoming webinars. Our webinar series will start again in the fall. You can view previously recorded webinars in the eLearning Center.
2019 Physiotherapy Month Contest

Congratulations to Lynne Dey, the winner of the 2019 Physiotherapy Month Contest. Lynne promotes the physiotherapy profession by being an “ advocate for athlete health and prevention in [her] involvement with the sport of figure skating - encouraging the recognition and proper treatment of concussion and other injuries. Helping to spread the word to all stake holders. Dialogue with other health-care professionals to let them know about all the areas that physiotherapy can help patients.

Thank you to all who entered and shared how they promoted the profession.
Volunteer Opportunities: Various Committees

Now is your chance to get involved with Physiotherapy Alberta! We are still looking for committee members for the Hearing Tribunal and the Complaints Review Committee.

Annual Report Now Available

The 2018 Annual Report has been submitted to government so it can be tabled at the Legislature.

Nominate a colleague or student for a 2019 Physiotherapy Alberta Award!
Do you have a colleague who strives to improve quality of care and/or service delivery? Do you know of a physiotherapist who shows excellence in practice and/or promotion of the profession?
Is there a physiotherapist student you know who demonstrates leadership?

The nomination deadline is midnight July 19, 2019.

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