September 2018
PT Alberta
Good Practice: Physiotherapists Delisted by Insurers
When services provided by a health-care practitioner are no longer covered by insurers, the provider has been “delisted.” In some cases, specific services offered by a group of health-care providers (e.g., orthotics) may be delisted.

Research in Focus: Accuracy of Activity Trackers in Parkinson Disease: Should We Prescribe Them?
Individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have been shown to walk less than age-matched healthy controls, and to experience a decline in step counts before a worsening of motor symptoms or limitations to ambulation-related activities of daily living.

Technology in Practice: In Summary
Over the past several months, Physiotherapy Alberta has published a series of articles about how technology is changing physiotherapy practice. Far from seeking to discourage adoption and innovation, Physiotherapy Alberta’s purpose has been to encourage members to engage in technology adoption in a thoughtful manner, highlighting the key regulatory concerns with technology and how to mitigate the risks inherent in technology use.

Member Spotlight: 48 Years as a Physiotherapist
This month we shine our Member Spotlight on Gail Shewchuk, a Grande Prairie-based physiotherapist who is retiring after 48 years of dedicated and passionate service to our profession.

Online Renewal is Now Open

Renew by midnight September 15, 2018 to avoid paying the $122 late fee.

Under the  Health Professions Act , to practice as a physiotherapist and use the titles physiotherapist or physical therapist or abbreviation PT you must be registered and have a valid practice permit. Practice permits issued to members on the General Register expire September 30 and must be renewed annually.
2018 Financial Assistance Recipients

Congratulations to the 2018 Financial Assistance Recipients. Applications for 2019 Financial Assistance Funds are expected to open in early 2019.

Volunteer Opportunities

There are currently no volunteer opportunities. Visit for updates.
The Role of Physiotherapy in the Management of HIV
Date: September 20, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.

This presentation will discuss the current approach and best practices in the management of HIV as a chronic condition, including an overview of the trajectory of HIV, the role of physiotherapy in HIV management, and fostering patient self-management skills.

The presentation will highlight information that every physiotherapist should know about working with people with HIV.

Presenter: Puja Ahluwalia, PT
Future Webinars

Identifying and Preventing Functional Decline in Older Adults
Date: October 18, 2018
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Other News
September 8 is World Physical Therapy Day. The day is an opportunity for physiotherapists from all over the world to raise awareness about the crucial contribution the profession makes to keeping people well, mobile and independent. Click here for resources and more information.

Alberta is working to improve the addiction and mental health system. As you may be aware, one of the actions in Valuing Mental Health: Next Steps is to develop regulations and standards for service providers and treatment facilities. Complete the survey to help guide Alberta Health’s work to improve care safety and quality, and consumer protection standards for addiction and mental health facilities, services and providers. Individuals may take the survey until September 14, 2018. Click here to take the survey.

Changes have been made to the Diagnostic and Treatment Protocols Regulation (DTPR) Interpretative Guide. This guide provides information for insurers, lawyers, and primary health-care practitioners (physicians, chiropractors, and physical therapists). It includes information about the DTPR and how it should be applied, as well as claims and billing processes. Click here for more information.
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 September, there are 9 events happening in and around Alberta!

Evidence Corner

New meta-analysis and SR conclude HIIT is superior to MICT in improving cardiorespiratory fitness in participants of cardiac rehabilitation. High-intensity interval training versus moderate-intensity continuous training within cardiac rehabilitation: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
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