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Physiotherapy Alberta's College Conversations - Episode 23

The CPTA's College Conversations

Release Date: 03/23/2021

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Speakers:  Leanne Loranger and Sean FitzGerald In this episode, Sean and Leanne talk about the provision of professional services process and rules that apply to private businesses seeking to offer physiotherapy services in Alberta. When physiotherapists work in private business settings that are owned by individuals who are not regulated health professionals there is a risk that the physiotherapist will not be able to meet the expectations established in the Standards of Practice. This risk arises because the physiotherapist may not have full control over the business practices of their...

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Speakers:  Leanne Loranger and Cheryl Blahut In this episode Cheryl and Leanne talk about records release to other parties and the common themes that come up when complaints or concerns come to the College regarding records release. How are concerns about records release addressed by the College? How long does the physiotherapist have to provide a copy of a chart once a request has been received? What fee can be charged for the chart copy? What does the physiotherapist need to include in a complete chart copy?   Even though the physical document is the property of the...

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Speakers:  Leanne Loranger and Susan Paul In this episode Leanne speaks with Susan Paul of the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia about trends seen among physiotherapists on social media. The episode starts with a discussion of the aspirational aspects of the Code of Ethical Conduct and who physiotherapists are called to be in all our professional interactions, including those that take place on social media. From there, Susan and Leanne go on to talk about core expectations established in the Standards of Practice, challenging scenarios that they have encountered in...

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Speakers: Leanne Loranger, Jody Prohar, and Joyce Vogelgesang In this episode Leanne, Jody and Joyce talk about Physiotherapy Alberta’s continuing competence program, providing an overview of the Do. Learn. Grow. program and an update about changes coming to continuing competence for physiotherapists in Alberta in 2022. We start with a discussion of legislation and the principles that underly the continuing competence program. Then, at the 2:52 minute mark we discuss the program components – the College-Selected and Self-Selected Activities - and what they involve. We go on to talk details...

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Speakers: Leanne Loranger and Sean FitzGerald In this episode Leanne is joined by Sean FitzGerald, Physiotherapy Alberta’s Practice Advisor, to discuss conflicts of interest and some real-life scenarios that physiotherapists encounter in practice on a regular basis. Leanne and Sean discuss common questions about conflicts of interest including: what is a conflict of interest; and why do physiotherapists need to avoid potential and perceived conflicts of interest? At the 4:30 mark they talk through a process to manage conflicts of interest. They also discuss common physiotherapy practice...

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Speakers: Jody Prohar, Leanne Loranger It’s safe to say that 2022 will be a year of change for Physiotherapy Alberta. In this episode, Jody and Leanne discuss the Strategic Plan that was recently approved by Council and what that plan means in terms of the work Physiotherapy Alberta will focus on in the coming year. With the upcoming change in mandate, it was time to reflect on Physiotherapy Alberta’s mission, vision, and values and how we enact them in our work. In past episodes Jody and Leanne have discussed the activities that Physiotherapy Alberta is going to stop doing with the change...

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Speakers: Jody Prohar, Leanne Loranger Change is coming to Physiotherapy Alberta. In December 2020 the Health Statutes Amendment Act (No. 2) received Royal Assent. Among other things, this piece of legislation requires that regulatory colleges cease to function as professional associations and divest themselves of any association functions. In this episode, Jody and Leanne discuss the work that has already been done to address the requirements established by the Health Statutes Amendment Act and the changes to come in the months ahead. We highlight the ongoing work to define our regulatory...

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Speakers: Jody Prohar, Leanne Loranger In this episode we talk about how Physiotherapy Alberta approaches the questions regarding the scope of physiotherapypractice that we commonly receive from regulated physiotherapists, employers, and insurers. The “Is It Physiotherapy?” tool provides Physiotherapy Alberta with a consistent way to approach these questions. The five steps outlined in the tool take into consideration the issue or intervention in question, legislative considerations, training and competence of physiotherapists, the evolution of the profession,and the evidence related to...

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Speakers: Jody Prohar, Leanne Loranger In this episode, Jody and Leanne discuss the profound effect that the spread of misinformation has had on the public’s trust of institutions and regulated health professionals alike. We talk about some of the statements issued by professional organizations and regulators during the pandemic about the expectations health professionals need to meet and the importance of avoiding spreading or amplifying misinformation. At about the 7-minute mark, we talk about the specific expectations for Alberta physiotherapists as outlined in the Code of Ethical Conduct...

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Speakers: Joyce Vogelgesang, Cheryl Blahut, Leanne Loranger With the September 30th deadline for practice permit renewal fast approaching, we are using this episode to answer the question – ‘What happens if I fail to renew my permit and practice when I’m not authorized?’ The Health Professions Act establishes the penalties that apply if someone claims or implies that they are a physiotherapist without being registered with Physiotherapy Alberta. Penalties may apply to people who falsely represent themselves as physiotherapists, and to people who have let their practice permit expire...

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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. This change reflects a trend in the world of regulation to require separation between organizations that serve the public interest and those that represent the interests of the profession.

While the details of what this change will mean for Physiotherapy Alberta’s activities are still being reviewed, we know that in the future we will not operate as a dual mandate organization. Fortunately, the legislation provides for an 18-month transition period for the College to devolve itself of association functions.

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