Volume 14 | March 2018
PT Alberta
Meet the 2018 Council Nominees!
Nine members have been nominated for the 2018 Election. Allie Wait, Cal David, Christina van der Lugt, Grant Fedoruk, Michael Stewart, Rafeeq Ansari, Sakshi Gupta, Simon Cooke and Tanielle MaGee have all put their names forward!

Good Practice: Supervising Friends and Family
On several occasions, Physiotherapy Alberta members have asked if they could supervise their spouse, a close relative, or friend as a physiotherapy intern or while doing a restricted activity before becoming authorized. Physiotherapy Alberta strongly advises against these supervision arrangements because of the potential risk for a conflict of interest.

Research in Focus: A New Take on Balance Assessment Following a Sport-related Concussion
Sport-related concussion is a significant health problem among Canadian youth due to its high prevalence and associated consequences. Sport-related concussions result from either a direct or indirect blow to the head, and may cause a wide range of signs and symptoms including, but not limited to; headache, dizziness, confusion, irritability, feeling slow, sleep problems, and/or balance deficits.

Technology in Practice: Electronic Medical Record System Adoption
Electronic medical record systems (EMRs) are no longer a rarity in physiotherapy practice. Once the domain of the early adopter, these systems are increasingly common, and for good reason. The use of EMRs offers a wide range of benefits ranging from business efficiencies, to improved clinical care, and health system benefits.

Funding Available for Members
Did you present your research or paper in 2017? Did you complete a physiotherapy-related post-graduate course? You may be eligible for the Presentation or Professional Development Funds.

Clinical Research Innovation Fund 2018
Have you thought of a research topic that interests you but you are not sure where to even start? Please review the Clinical Research Innovation Fund guidelines and consider developing a proposal. The CRIF is available to support clinically-relevant research by clinicians in the physiotherapy community.

Check out the Online Store!

It’s that time of year again… National Physiotherapy Month is just around the corner! It’s time to start thinking about your Physiotherapy Month plans. Be sure to check out the Online Store for inspiration and to order your materials to ensure they arrive before May!

Council News: March 2018

News from the March 3, 2018 Council Meeting.

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.
Questions or Comments?  competence@physiotherapyalberta.ca, 1-800-291-2782 or 780-438-0338.
Supervising Physiotherapy Interns - Expectations and Challenges
Date: March 22, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This session will discuss Physiotherapy Alberta’s expectations of supervisors of Physiotherapy Interns and discuss real-world challenges and strategies to meet these expectations. Common questions will be addressed, including:
  • What are the requirements related to supervision arrangements and agreements?
  • What happens if a complaint is lodged against a PT Intern?
  • What if I decide to end the supervision agreement or employment contract with the PT Intern?

Presenter: Leanne Loranger, PT, Moyra McAllister, Joyce Vogelgesang
Future Webinars

Advances in the Management of Scoliosis
Date : April 26, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Other News
The Canadian Alliance of Physiotherapy Regulators is recruiting physiotherapists for the following:
  • Participants in the Appeals Resource Group. The Group is a pool of professionals that the Alliance draws from to the Appeal Panel when the need arises. Click here for more information.
  • Several local members in the Calgary area for the Written Item Generation Team. The Team’s chief responsibilities are to write and review questions for the PCE written exam. (Deadline Extended to March 22, 2018) Click here for more information.
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 March, there are 6 events happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

Volunteer Opportunities

Physiotherapy Alberta is recruiting members for its Professional Conduct Committee! A panel of members from the Professional Conduct Committee are selected to participate in complaint reviews and/or hearings.

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