October 2018
PT Alberta
Good Practice: Physiotherapist’s Role in Promoting Healthy Aging
Physiotherapy Alberta’s new member resource, the Healthy Aging: Seniors’ Mobility Toolkit for Physiotherapists was developed to assist members in promoting healthy aging in community-dwelling older adults. This Toolkit was developed by a working group of physiotherapists with extensive knowledge and clinical experience in the field of seniors’ health and is now available.

Research in Focus: Physiotherapist use of Publicly Funded Diagnostic Imaging Modalities
Authorized physiotherapists may order DI in the form of plain x-rays, ultrasound imaging, and magnetic resonance imaging only. This is the first study to “describe the overall and modality-specific annual DI referrals by authorized physiotherapists in the province of Alberta paid for by the public health system between 2012 and 2016.” A second research objective was to “describe how these referrals vary across geographical region and body part.”

Council News: September 2018

Key decisions from Council’s September meeting.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently no volunteer opportunities. Visit www.physiotherapyalberta.ca for updates.
Identifying and Preventing Functional Decline in Older Adults
Date: October 18, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This presentation will highlight the evidence related to early markers of functional decline in older adults, and the role that physiotherapists in community settings play in preventing or delaying disability and dysfunction.

The presenter will also discuss Physiotherapy Alberta’s new Older Adult Mobility Toolkit.

Presenter: Todd Wolansky, PT
Future Webinars

Managing the Dizzy Patient: Differential Diagnosis and Clinical Decision Making
Date: November 22, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Other News
Due to inconsistencies in wording and interpretation, the Superintendent of Insurance would like to make clarifications regarding fees and disbursements for accident benefit claims. Click here for more information.

The Alberta Bone and Joint Health Institute (ABJHI) is exploring the development of a comprehensive bone and joint health registry. The Bone and Joint Registry will cover the spectrum of bone and joint diseases. ABJHI envisions integrating data from:
  • Across the continuum of care
  • Both public and private providers
  • Registry participants directly
To inform early planning for the Bone and Joint Registry, they are conducting a survey targeting clinicians who treat bone and joint health diseases at any stage. The survey takes approximately 10 minutes. It closes at 11:59pm on Sunday, October 14. The survey can be accessed at https://is.gd/abjhiregistry
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PD Events

Have you checked out the PD Events page recently? This October, there are 18 events happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

This review showed that there is high-quality evidence that in people with hip OA, exercise reduced pain slightly and improved physical function slightly.
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