Volume 9 | October 2017
PT Alberta
Less than 1 month until Connect + Learn

Have you registered yet? Why you should attend Connect + Learn:
  • Topics directly related to practice and can be put into use right away
  • Discuss relevant, Alberta-focused challenges
  • A local conference that provides value for money
  • Clinically-relevant discussions and sessions
  • Speakers have been researched and vetted to ensure the best content
  • Networking opportunities

Good Practice: Education is the Foundation to Managing Chronic Pain
Patient education plays a key role in the relationships we develop and the success of patient interventions. It can help patients go from passive recipients to truly active participants in the care plan.

Competence: What is Healthy Physiotherapy Practice?
The vision for the re-designed program is to promote, support and monitor the delivery of quality physiotherapy practice by supporting healthy physiotherapist practice, but what is healthy physiotherapy practice?
Seeking Member Feedback on Continuing Competence Program Re-Design
Re-design of the Continuing Competence Program continues. Member feedback in July helped refine the program elements. Feedback is now being sought on the type and number of activities members must complete each year as well as what is reported annually to Physiotherapy Alberta.

The deadline to provide feedback is November 6, 2017 so have your say before the program is finalized.
President's Message

A message from the president regarding chronic pain.

Council News

News from the September 9, 2017 Council Meeting

Research in Focus: Pelvic Health Physiotherapy
Pelvic Health Physiotherapy is a specific subset of physiotherapy dedicated to treating individuals with urological, gynecological, and/or gastrointestinal conditions. Pelvic health conditions can be the source of much embarrassment and may impact function and the ability to participate in leisure activities or impact relationships.
Member Spotlight: Technology and Chronic Pain
Member Kate Gerry created the Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Teleconsult Service as a way to provide information on managing chronic pain to health-care professionals. Kate shares her inspiration, as well as the rewards and challenges of developing the service.

Advertising Standards of Practice Change

At their September meeting, Physiotherapy Alberta’s Council approved revisions to the Advertising Standard of Practice. The revisions are intended to provide greater clarity regarding Physiotherapy Alberta’s expectations related to the advertisement of free services.

Social Media Guideline Updated

Physiotherapists and other health-care providers have an important role to play on social media: leveraging their knowledge, skills, and influence to have considerable impact on others. The newly revised and expanded Social Media Practice Guideline was created to encourage responsible social media use by physiotherapists for professional and business purposes.

Check out Chronic Pain Management: A Toolkit for Physiotherapists! 
The prevalence of chronic pain remains an epidemic. Physiotherapists have a key role to play in the non-pharmacological management of pain. This resource provides information to physiotherapists who do not often treat people with chronic pain.

View the toolkit and test your knowledge before and after reading the toolkit. Your answers are anonymous but help Physiotherapy Alberta determine the effectiveness of the Chronic Pain Toolkit.

Future Webinars

Education as a an Analgesic: Teach Two Topics and Call me in the Morning
Date : November 16, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.
(NEW DATE) TMD Management Basics
Date: October 26, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This presentation will cover the basic principles of physiotherapy assessment and treatment of temporomandibular dysfunction. A discussion of common temporomandibular joint injuries and their management will be included.

Presenter: Blayne Burrows, PT
Other News
The Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta is investigating the needs of developing a learning module for physiotherapists on the functional impact of medications. An invitation was sent by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine to many members asking to complete a survey. Please take a few minutes to complete the survey. If you cannot find your invitation, you can email web.surveys@ualberta.ca at the University of Alberta to re-send the invitation with the link.

Got lower back pain? An evening showcasing research and innovation will be hosted by the Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine's Department of Physical Therapy on Thursday, October 12 and Corbett Hall. Click here for more information and to register.

PhD candidate Tyler Desplenter of Western University is conducting a study aimed at the development of software systems for digital collection and analysis of patient data used for musculoskeletal rehabilitation of the upper limb. He is looking for licensed therapists to participate in an online survey regarding their data collection processes. Click here to read the letter of information. Click here to access the survey.
If you aren’t already a member of ignitephysio, visit ignitephysio.ca today and join the online community of over 2,500 physiotherapists 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 month, there are 17 event listings happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

Wondering about the efficacy of PRP injections in the treatment of Achilles tendinopathy? Check out this study!
Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently no volunteer opportunities. Check www.physiotherapyalberta.ca for news.
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