March 2020
PT Alberta
2020 Council Election: Voting Starts This Month
Eleven members have been nominated for the 2020 Election! Funsho Aronito-Owohunwa, Grant Fedoruk, Roya Hamad, Carla Mason, Dan Matchullis, Joey Mo, Julie Rabnett, Tzvetelina Tchilinguirova, William Tung, Linda Wells and Tom Young have all put their names forward!

Two candidates will be elected to serve a three-year term joining fellow colleagues Simon Cooke, Christina van der Lugt, Karin Eldred and Amarjit Mann.

Voting begins March 27 – look out for an email with a unique link to become a voter!

Infection Prevention and Control and COVID-19
It is important that physiotherapists have up-to-date information and feel well informed and equipped to navigate through the changing COVID-19 situation. The care and support that physiotherapists provide Albertans is vital.

Research in Focus: Effectiveness of ESWT for treating Chronic Insertional Achilles Tendinopathy
ESWT has been proposed as a supplement to conservative treatment approaches for Achilles tendinopathy; however, research is limited and studies have not included a sham control group. The purpose of this study was to measure the effect of ESWT vs sham in combination with conservative treatments in patients with chronic insertional Achilles tendinopathy.

Good Practice: Blood and Body Fluid Exposures
Two of the Standards, the Safety Standard and the Infection Control Standard not only require physiotherapists to protect their patients when providing care, but to also protect themselves from potential harm or illness while caring for the public. These Standards require members to practice in a safe environment, to adhere to applicable legislation, and to use best practices to limit or prevent the spread of infections.

Continuing Competence: Adaptive or Routine Expertise

Three months into 2020 you might be thinking about the Self-Selected Activity you will use for renewal this September. As you seek out knowledge for practice improvement, ask yourself “what type of expertise am I developing, routine or adaptive?”

2020 College-Selected Activity: Under Construction 

The College-Selected Activity is paused while it is being built. Members will be notified when it is ready; watch for an announcement this spring.
2020 Funding Opportunities for Members

Did you present your research/work or complete professional development in 2019? You could qualify for financial assistance from Physiotherapy Alberta.

Job Opportunity: Conduct Coordinator
Physiotherapy Alberta has a job opportunity for a physiotherapist interested in supporting the Professional Conduct Department. The Conduct Coordinator will be responsible for receiving and responding to inquiries into this department.

Clinical Research Innovation Fund 2020
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.

Reconceptualizing the Management of Rotator Cuff Injuries: Physiotherapy as Plan “A” to “Z”
Date: March 19, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m. MDT

Historically, physiotherapy has been framed as “plan A” for managing rotator cuff injuries, with surgery as “plan B”. However, research increasingly identifies physiotherapy as the strategy to manage these injuries. This session will cover:
  • The current evidence regarding the management of rotator cuff injuries.
  • Clinical practice guidelines to inform practice.
  • Tips for progressing patients for return to usual functional activities.
  • A discussion of how conceptualizing surgery as plan B may set patients and physiotherapists alike up for failure, and how to reframe these conversations.

Presenter: Judy Chepeha, PT, PhD
Upcoming Webinars

The GLA:D and GLA:D Back Programs
Date: April 9, 2020
Time: 8:00 a.m.

Improving the Identification of ACL Tears in Primary Care
Date: May 21, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m.
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!

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:

Resources: Clinical Reflection
Professional Development Events

Have you checked out the PD Events page recently? This March, there are 11 events happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

Is inpatient or clinic-based rehabilitation associated with superior outcomes after total knee arthroplasty compared with home programs? Assessment of Outcomes of Inpatient or Clinic-Based vs Home-Based Rehabilitation After Total Knee Arthroplasty A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis
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