March 2019
PT Alberta
Meet the 2019 Council Nominees
Six members have been nominated for the 2019 Election. Allie Wait, Amarjit Mann, Celeste Darbellay, Janarthanan Chandrasekaran, Melanie Short, and Karin Eldred have all put their names forward!

DO. LEARN. GROW. Continuing Competence Program
DO. LEARN. GROW: What Counts as a Self-Selected Activity?

Remember whatever Self-Selected Activity you choose should promote deep learning, growth and improved practice and allow you to share a complete story about the activity and the effects on your practice in your Practice Improvement Record.

Survey: Input on DO. LEARN. GROW. Requested

Are you ready? Complete our survey and help us support you. Physiotherapy Alberta - College + Association has developed a new Continuing Competence Program that we think is really easy for you to DO. The program was launched in December 2018, and now we need your input to gauge whether these resources helped you understand the program.

Good Practice: Starting or Managing your Own Practice
The Business Development Resource provides members with resources and guidance on some of the most important issues and processes they need to be aware of when opening a new practice site. This resource may also provide current clinic owners or members providing mobile, in-home or consulting services guidance for creating or updating their policies and procedures.

Mark your Calendars!

The 2019 Connect + Learn conference will be held October 19-20, 2019 in beautiful Canmore, Alberta at the Coast Hotel and Conference Centre. What better place to unwind, network and learn than the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Stay tuned! Registration will open this spring!
Physiotherapy Alberta is now accepting abstract submissions for Connect + Learn 2019!

Are you interested in presenting a Short Snapper session highlighting clinical research in Alberta? If so, submit your abstract here. All primary presenters will receive email notification if their abstract has been selected. Successful applicants will receive a discount on their conference registration to join us in Canmore on October 19-20!

Submission deadline is April 12, 2019.
Research in Focus: Do Patients with Migraine Experience an Increased Prevalence of Falls and Fear of Falling?
Changes in balance have been documented in past research related to migraine; however, the prevalence of falls and experience of fear of falling have not been reported on. This study’s purpose was to “explore self-reported falls, impairment in balance, and fear of falling in patients with migraine.”

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!

Clinical Research Innovation Fund 2019

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.

2019 Funding Opportunities for Members

Did you present your research/work or complete professional development in 2018? You could qualify for financial assistance from Physiotherapy Alberta. Applications are due April 1.

Volunteer Info

There are currently no volunteer opportunities. Check for updates.
Physiotherapy Alberta's Mentorship Guidebook
Date: March 21, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This webinar will focus on the donnerwheeler “Five-Phase Mentoring Relationship Model,” with special focus on the first three phases: Purpose, Engagement, and Planning. Through this webinar attendees will gain an understanding about the benefits of mentoring relationships, how to find a mentor (including how to go about asking someone to be a mentor), and how to plan a successful mentoring relationship.

Presenter: Mary Wheeler
Future Webinars

Diversity and Inclusion in Physiotherapy Practice
Date: April 10, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Practice Pearls for Physiotherapy Management of Torticollis
Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Other News
In response to the Truth & Reconciliation Calls to Action; Report, the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine is developing and implementing initiatives to help students and staff learn about cultural humility and to attract more Indigenous students to the professions (Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech-Language Pathology). The faculty are interested in clinicians' insights and suggestions in their planning. They will also be inviting Indigenous communities to hear their thoughts and suggestions. Please take a few minutes to answer our survey HERE. If you are interested in participating in an in-person focus group in Edmonton in late March, please leave your name and contact information at the end of the survey.
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 19 events happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

Interesting results about what patients believe to be the source of their low back pain, and where they believe they learned that information. Are health professionals really applying a biopsychosocial model in practice?
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