May 2021
COVID-19 Pandemic
Update: May 5, 2021
On May 4, 2021, Premier Jason Kenney announced that the Government of Alberta is implementing new restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19 in the face of rising active case numbers and case rates in Alberta. As was the case with the measures announced on April 29th, some of the expanded restrictions will be in effect for high case regions only, while other restrictions will remain in place province wide.

Leadership Message: May 2021
It is late April as I write this message and looking out my window I can see that it is snowing, again. I read the news and find that travel restrictions are being instituted between Alberta and BC, again. My kids’ schools are considering moving to online learning again and many of my patients are canceling as case numbers increase in our town, again. On one hand I feel weary and frustrated like so many others, but on the other I feel strangely philosophical and meta about my experiences over the past year.

2021 Council Election Results
The votes for the two vacant Council positions have been tallied! Congratulations to Jacky Chow and Melissa Merritt, our two new Council Members-at-Large. Jacky and Melissa will begin their terms in June.
PCE Update May 5
Subsequent to the cancellation of the Clinical Component of the Physiotherapy Competency Examination on March 20, 2021, Physiotherapy Alberta has been exploring options for an alternative clinical competency examination. Consistent with the Physical Therapists Profession Regulation, any option identified must be approved by the Council of Physiotherapy Alberta.

Good Practice: Documentation and Record Keeping
In this article we highlight some of the common documentation issues seen in physiotherapy conduct files. We know that this topic is one that many people find dull or would rather avoid, so we have framed the information as a quiz. Test yourself or your colleagues and see how you do. Don’t worry, it’s just for fun, no marks involved.

Advisory Committee on Discrimination, Oppression, and Inequity

Physiotherapy Alberta is currently seeking to recruit individuals to contribute to an Advisory Committee on Discrimination, Oppression, and Inequity.

Seeking Association Steering Committee Members

Are you looking for a leadership opportunity to shape the new professional association for Alberta’s physiotherapists? We’re looking for interested members with strong interpersonal, organizational, and board governance skills to help us launch the new organization.

Self-Selected Activity: There's No Time Like the Present

You can complete your chosen activity anytime during the registration year. The Practice Improvement Record is now available in the Member Portal. You may complete the form as soon as you complete your Self-Selected Activity or anytime before you renew your practice permit. 

2021 College-Selected Activity: Coming Soon

The College-Selected Activity will be available in June. In addition to it being posted on the website, you will be notified by email of it's arrival.
2021 Continuing Competence Document Review Results
Do you even wonder what happens to your Continuing Competence submissions after you renew? In accordance with the DO.LEARN.GROW. program rules, after you hit “submit” staff work on a review of regulated members’ submissions.

College Conversations Podcast

Listen to the College Conversations Podcast wherever you get your podcasts, available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts.

Want to get caught up? Listen from the beginning, all episodes are also available in Physiotherapy Alberta's eLearning Center!
Episode 23
Date: March 23, 2021
In this episode, Jody and Leanne are joined by Joyce Vogelgesang, Deputy Registrar and long-time staff member of Physiotherapy Alberta, to discuss the history of how we came to be both College and Association, some common misconceptions about our history and role, and our primary mandate to serve the public interest. We go on to discuss recent legislative changes that mandate that health profession regulatory organizations may not hold themselves out to be both College and Association and may not fulfill association-type roles as part of their work. Click here to listen.
TeleRehab 2.0
Date: May 20, 2021
Time: 8:00 a.m.

The early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic led to rapid uptake of telerehabilitation technologies and physiotherapists quickly learned the challenges and benefits of providing care remotely using digital technologies.

What comes next?

This session will discuss the research of the Rehabilitation Robotics Lab, including an ongoing study into the use of a combination of wearable sensors, cameras and custom motion-capture software to collect patient data and enable reliable and valid assessments remotely.

Martin Ferguson-Pell, PhD and Emily Armstrong
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