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Ever wish you had a friend at Physiotherapy Alberta that you could call when you have questions about the standards of practice or when you encounter challenging situations? In this friendly and informative podcast, Physiotherapy Alberta’s staff and guests will highlight issues of regulatory interest and importance, answer common questions, and address misconceptions about the standards of practice and what they mean.

Got questions? We have answers! Let us help you navigate the challenges of physiotherapy practice.

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Ever wish you had a friend at Physiotherapy Alberta that you could call when you have questions about the standards of practice or when you encounter challenging situations? In this friendly and informative podcast, Physiotherapy Alberta’s staff and guests will highlight issues of regulatory interest and importance, answer common questions, and address misconceptions about the standards of practice and what they mean.

Got questions? We have answers! Let us help you navigate the challenges of physiotherapy practice.

    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 13

    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 13

    Hosts: Jody Prohar, Registrar, Physiotherapy Alberta; Leanne Loranger, Manager Policy + Practice, Physiotherapy Alberta
    In this episode, we talk about infection prevention and control and some of the lasting effects that COVID-19 may have on physiotherapy practice. Fundamentally, the pandemic has changed clinical practice. Some of the changes seen will remain, even as the first wave of the pandemic wanes and will affect how we address the predicted second wave of COVID-19 as well as other infectious diseases, such as annual influenza outbreaks.
    In this episode we discuss:
    The hierarchy of controls and other measures to limit the spread of infectious diseases. Although there has been a lot of focus on personal protective equipment, and specifically mask use lately, PPE is situated at the bottom of the hierarchy of controls to prevent the spread of infectious diseases. When, how and why to complete a Point of Care Risk Assessment. The likelihood of needing additional measures to protect against the spread of infectious diseases will depend on the practice setting and patient population served. For this reason, physiotherapists need to conduct a Point of Care Risk Assessment that considers the risks posed by the patient, the task to be completed, and the practice environment. Changing workplace sick culture. We close the episode with a discussion of one of the most challenging aspects of COVID-19 response, the need to change workplace sick culture. How do we recalibrate our collective understanding of what constitutes illness? How do we move away from a culture of needing to be nearly dead before taking a sick day, to one where staying home when ill is the right thing to do?  
    Resources:
    Alberta Health Services. Point of Care Risk Assessment https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/assets/healthinfo/ipc/hi-ipc-acute-care-pcra.pdf Alberta Health. CMOH Order 16-2020 (Direction on Continuous Masking). https://open.alberta.ca/dataset/2a615f78-aa9e-48d9-a323-9f2c08b07667/resource/fcca7551-9a32-4ec0-9545-aa5163f8a284/download/health-cmoh-record-of-decision-cmoh-16-2020.pdf Alberta Health Services. Aerosol-Generating Medical Procedure Guidance Tool. https://www.albertahealthservices.ca/topics/Page17091.aspx Links
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    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 12

    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 12

    In this episode, Jody Prohar, Registrar and Executive Director of Physiotherapy Alberta is in the hotseat, answering common physiotherapist questions and discussing overlooked legislative responsibilities including:
    Can physiotherapists offer discounts to patients? What about cancellation fees? Do I have to release patient records when they are requested? How can I stay up to date with information from Physiotherapy Alberta?  
    In this rapid-fire episode we cover many of the most common questions Physiotherapy Alberta receives from our registrants. Want to be in the know? Then listen to this episode!
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    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 11

    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 11

    Physiotherapy Alberta has been promoting telerehabilitation since 2017; however, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, its use in physiotherapy practice has increased dramatically. While many people envision videoconferencing when they consider this format of service delivery, telerehabilitation or digital practice includes the remote delivery of physiotherapy using all forms of electronic communication technology. This can include text or email, video- or teleconferencing, and even robotics and virtual reality.
    This is not a new form of physiotherapy, but rather physiotherapy delivered in a new way. Telerehabilitation services are still subject to the same standards of practice as in-person services, but how physiotherapists meet those standards may differ from “traditional” practice. This episode dives into issues of privacy, patient selection, and clinician competence. We also touch on billing for services and platform selection and provide tips on establishing a new telerehabilitation business.
    Telerehabilitation has lots of promise for providing physiotherapy services both during an unprecedented pandemic and after. However, it is not a cure-all. Physiotherapists need to take the time to consider and establish their telerehabilitation practices to ensure success in the long term.
    Resources:
    Telerehabilitation Resource Guide for Alberta Physiotherapists https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/resources_to_help_you_meet_practice_standards/telerehabilitation_guide PABC Digital Practice Toolkit https://bcphysio.org/covid-19/telerehabilitation/pabc-physiotherapy-virtual-care-toolkit CPTBC Webinar https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4133221844926337805 Links
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    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 10

    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 10

    Most Alberta physiotherapists are familiar with restricted activities, but they may not be aware of the differences between advanced restricted activities and basic restricted activities, the requirements they must meet in order to be able to perform them, and the nuances of legislation that govern these activities. In this episode, Jody and Leanne discuss all things related to restricted activities.
    Ever wonder why restricted activities exist at all? Or why some are ‘basic’ and others ‘advanced’? Do the expectations for competent practice differ depending on whether the restricted activity is ‘basic’ or ‘advanced’? We answer these questions and more, highlighting Physiotherapy Alberta’s governing legislation and the expectations established in the Standards of Practice along the way.
    Towards the end of the episode we talk about why Physiotherapy Alberta recently started collecting more information about the basic restricted activities that physiotherapists perform.
    As a College, we have always understood that the restricted activities identified under the Government Organization Act are there for a reason. These activities pose a risk to the public if they are performed by someone who is unskilled or unqualified to perform them.
    In gathering more information, we are trying to get a better understanding of what physiotherapy practice looks like, what basic restricted activities are being done, by whom and in what clinical context. We are also trying to better understand how people are developing and maintaining their skills.
    Want to learn more about restricted activities? Check out these resources:
    Standard of Practice – Performance of Restricted Activities https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/what_you_need_to_know_to_practice_in_alberta/standards_of_practice/performance_of_restricted_activities
    Physiotherapy Alberta – Restricted Activities https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/what_you_need_to_know_to_practice_in_alberta/restricted_activities Good Practice: Restricted Activities https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/news/good_practice_restricted_activities Links
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    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 9

    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 9

    In this episode, Jody and Leanne discuss the dizzying array of credentials physiotherapists place behind their names and what the standards require when it comes to use of title in practice.
    Use of title isn’t an issue that tends to lead to complaints, but it does lead to public confusion. Physiotherapy Alberta hears from members of the public who want to know what those credentials mean and whether a particular physiotherapist is qualified to treat them.
    “Some signature lines look like a veritable alphabet soup of letter combinations… The bottom line with credentials and additional training is that they need to be presented in a way that has meaning to the public. When it comes to listing credentials and additional training on a business card or website, it needs to be done in a way that your grandmother or mine can understand.”
    What titles are physiotherapists and physiotherapist interns expected to use? What about academic credentials? Can physiotherapists use them? What order should they be listed in? What about other credentials, like Clinical Specialist, Doctor, or Advanced Practice Physiotherapist? What are the rules around these terms? We answer these questions and more in this episode.
    Most importantly, be proud of your protected title! You worked hard to earn it.
    For more information about use of title, check out these other resources from Physiotherapy Alberta:
    Standards of Practice – Use of Titlehttps://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/what_you_need_to_know_to_practice_in_alberta/standards_of_practice/use_of_title Good Practice: Using Your Professional Title Appropriately https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/news/good_practice_using_your_professional_title_appropriately Links
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    • 13 min
    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 8

    Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 8

    This episode was inspired by Don Cherry’s infamous comments on Hockey Night in Canada and the public and media reactions to those comments. Moyra McAllister, Physiotherapy Alberta’s Complaints Director, joins the podcast to talk about communication concerns and on-duty or off-duty conduct that can lead to patient complaints.
    Like George Bernard Shaw said, “the single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.” Communication is at the core of nearly every complaint that Physiotherapy Alberta receives.
    Patients expect that communication with their physiotherapist will be respectful and professional. Physiotherapy Alberta and employers alike have expectations about what is or is not acceptable on-duty conduct. The expectations outlined in the Standards of Practice represent the minimum requirements, but employers can set the bar higher. That’s not to suggest that the Standards set the bar low, they are just the minimum expectations that all physiotherapists must meet. We start the episode by discussing those expectations.
    But do those expectations apply when the physiotherapist is off-duty? Are physiotherapists ever really off-duty? In the latter half of the episode we address that topic and highlight interesting conduct cases where off-duty conduct led to complaints and sanctions against regulated professionals.
    Want to read the Standard of Practice – Communication or the Code of Ethical Conduct for yourself? Check them out here:
    Standards of Practice – Communication https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/what_you_need_to_know_to_practice_in_alberta/standards_of_practice/communication Code of Ethical Conduct https://www.physiotherapyalberta.ca/physiotherapists/what_you_need_to_know_to_practice_in_alberta/code_of_ethical_conduct  
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