May 2019
PT Alberta
2019 Council Election Results
The results of the 2019 Council Election have been tallied. Congratulations to Karin Eldred and Amarjit Mann, our two elected Council Members-at-Large. Karin will continue her term and Amarjit will start in June.
Physiotherapy Month!
May is National Physiotherapy Month, a chance to celebrate and advocate for the profession. As movement specialists, no one is better positioned to get Albertans moving after an injury or illness more effectively than a physiotherapist.

Don’t forget to check out the Online Store and order promotional material in support of the profession!

Also, visit the Canadian Physiotherapy Association for more on National Physiotherapy Month.
2019 Connect + Learn: Registration is Open

Registration is now open for the 2019 Connect + Learn conference in Canmore, October 19-20. There is a lot in store for conference attendees this year. Join us in Canmore for a weekend of learning, networking and mountain air!

Physiotherapy Month Contest: Win FREE conference registration!

It’s Physiotherapy Month and we are celebrating by giving away a free registration to our upcoming conference, Connect + Learn 2019! Entering is easy! Simply tell us how you promote physiotherapy in your community. We’d love to hear how you endorse the profession!

DO. LEARN. GROW. Continuing Competence Program
2019 College-Selected Activity: Getting Started

Each year, physiotherapists on the General Register must complete a College-Selected Activity before they apply to renew their practice permit in August/September. What can you DO to achieve the learning objectives?

Self-Selected Activity: Practice Improvement Record

The Practice Improvement Record is an online form and will be available from Physiotherapy Alberta’s Member Portal. The form will be available before it is time for you to renew your practice permit although the exact date is not known at this time.

Implementing Sensitive Practice as a Universal Precaution in Physiotherapy
Most physiotherapists are familiar with the concept of universal precautions. However, the concept of implementing sensitive practice (also referred to as trauma-informed practice) as a universal precaution may be less familiar.

Good Practice: Employment Contracts
Of all the employment contract terms and conditions, none are more likely to land you in Court than restrictive covenants —these include non-competition and non-solicitation clauses.

Member Spotlight: 50 Years as a Teacher, Academic and Clinician
For many physiotherapists, the name Dave Magee is synonymous with musculoskeletal assessment and treatment. It’s safe to say that there is not a physiotherapist trained in Alberta or Canada who has not faced Dr. Magee across the lecture hall, studied his Orthopedic Physical Assessment textbook as part of their program, or referred to his texts as resources in clinical practice.

Research in Focus: Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation in Pediatric Motor Disorders
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) increases cortical excitability and is thought to lead to improvement in motor learning when applied during task performance. The modality has been studied as a rehabilitation technique to improve motor performance among adults with physical impairments (e.g., post-stroke) and has been found to impact on neuroplasticity, leading to improved motor learning.

Leadership Message: May 2019

As I reach the end of my second consecutive term, this will be my last month as a member of Council and as President. I am grateful for the relationships that have been built and for all that I have learned.

Volunteer Opportunities: Various Committees

Now is your chance to get involved! Physiotherapy Alberta currently has three volunteer opportunities.

Nominate a colleague or student for a 2019 Physiotherapy Alberta Award!
May is Physiotherapy Month and the perfect opportunity to celebrate the profession by nominating an outstanding physiotherapist for an 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.

Practice Pearls for the Physiotherapy Management of Torticollis
Date: May 16, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This session will:
  • Discuss the prevalence and etiology of torticollis
  • Highlight co-occurring conditions
  • Outline current best practices for treatment and management of torticollis
  • Provide guidance for when to refer for further evaluation/management

Presenter: Krystle Chilibecki, PT
Future Webinars

Understanding Bill 21, An Act to Protect Patients
Date: June 11, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Clinical Research Innovation Fund 2019

Only a few weeks left to get your application in! 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.

Other News
The NIHB Program provides clients (registered First Nations and recognized Inuit) with coverage for a range of health benefits. The NIHB Program is pleased to announce that, effective April 15, 2019, a recommendation and/or an assessment report from a registered PT will be accepted for the coverage of a defined list of medical supplies and equipment benefits. This includes items in the following categories: bathing and toileting aids, dressing aids, feeding aids, lifting and transfer aids, mobility aids, wheelchairs, off the shelf orthosis, and compression garments. Click here for more information.

The College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia is running a survey to inform upcoming discussions about tele-rehabilitiation. The purpose is to collect data on the number of physiotherapists in Canada who are using tele-rehabilitation in their practices and what types of tools they are using. The survey will be open until May 12 and will take about two minutes to complete and all responses are anonymous. Click here to take 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 May, there are 13 events happening in and around Alberta!

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