Speaker: Margaret McNeely, PT, PhD

The presentation will start with a review of the evidence supporting exercise training for adult survivors of cancer, followed by an update on the Alberta Cancer Exercise program, a hybrid effectiveness-implementation study that is being rolled out across the province.


Speakers: Marilyn Rose and Holly Frances

Shortly after giving birth, Holly was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome. She spent over four months in the hospital, completely paralyzed. She relied on her family to be her voice, and the medical team to help her get back to her life. Holly and her mother Marilyn share the challenges and breakthroughs they encountered throughout their ordeal. Together they share the heart wrenching experiences that brought them and the hospital teams together. Their goal is to inspire a genuine understanding of patient-centered care and individual treatment strategies.


Speaker: Bernard Tonks, PT

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV) is the most common cause of vertigo arising from the vestibular system. Treatment maneuvers have a very high success rate and can be performed in most clinical settings as well as in the community. This session will provide participants with an understanding of how to diagnose and effectively treat this common yet frequently misunderstood pathology.


Speaker: Shannon Stewart, CPA, CGA

As a small business owner, Shannon will teach some of the accounting basics for business owners and startups that she feels are important for those that are taking on a new venture. We will explore the differences of sole proprietors vs incorporated companies. She will also discuss what to look for when it comes to bookkeeping and accounting services to help support your business.


Speaker: Janet Holly, BHSc P.T., MSc, Clinical Specialist in Pain Science

This interactive workshop will expand the information provided in Physiotherapy Alberta College and Association’s Toolkit for chronic pain. Using case studies, front line clinicians will be given the opportunity to apply the diagnostic criteria for CRPS and develop holistic management plans for treatment of patients affected by this diagnosis. Realistic prognosis expectations will also be shared. Together barriers and facilitators to recovery will also be explored. Clinicians will be empowered to have the confidence to effectively manage this complex condition. Standards on when to seek specialty care for this population will also be shared.


Speaker: Beverley Theresa

Using social media can be a pain the neck. In this session, attendees will learn not only how to streamline the social media marketing process to save time but will learn from real life examples what kind of content gets engagement and new clients. Beverley will also show attendees the tools and apps needed to elevate their digital marketing.


Speaker: Jennifer Russill, BScPT

Learn about what frailty is, how to identify frail clients, and what physiotherapists can do to prevent or reverse frailty.


Speaker: Carolina Chamorro-Viña, PhD

Currently, 80% of pediatric patients affected by cancer will survive. However, this is not without setbacks or late effects. Research showed that 75 % of young adult affected by pediatric cancer will develop a chronic health condition that might impact a participant’s quality of life. There is a growing body of evidence that emphasize the benefit of exercise during and after cancer treatment to diminish the prevalence and severity of side-effects. This presentation summarizes the evidence supporting exercise during and after cancer diagnosis, reviews exercise safety considerations and highlights where we are at regarding exercise guidelines.

Speaker: Kiran Sagoo, B. Com Accounting

Want to start your business but have no idea where to begin? In this session, we will outline key areas to consider when developing a well-rounded business plan as a beneficial tool for your business. In this session you will learn the most essential sections to include in a business plan, the importance of doing research for your industry, competition and customer, what details should be included in your marketing plan, and how to format your financial plan. We will also discuss resources that can be used if you need additional help building out your business plan.


Speaker: Sinéad Dufour, PT, PhD

In this session, delegates will be taken on a journey to various content areas of physiotherapy practice to better understand the state of the science related to lifestyle interventions. Given that lifestyle interventions cannot be prescribed as they are dependent on the enactment of specific behaviours, the concept of health coaching becomes very relevant and important for physiotherapists in the 21st century and beyond. At the end of this session delegates will have an understanding of the what, why and how related to health coaching that can be applied across all content areas of physiotherapy practice.


Speaker: Joey Ton, BScPharm, PharmD

During this session, we will review the evidence for medical cannabinoids that was found during the creation of the cannabinoid primary care guideline. Additionally, speak to the challenges that are present in the medical literature around cannabinoids and then progress to discuss the limited evidence for a number of medical conditions. There will be a focus on four conditions for which there is reasonable evidence: neuropathic pain, cancer pain nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy and spasticity. With this information, we will reflect on the recommendations from the guideline and discuss practical aspects such as cost.


Speaker: Candice Schachter, PT, PhD and Carol Stalker, MSW, PhD

The high prevalence of traumatic events such as sexual abuse, sexual assault, and physical abuse suggests that all physiotherapists work knowingly or unknowingly with trauma survivors on a daily basis. This presentation will provide participants with tools to reflect on ways to make their daily practice more “trauma-informed.” We will review the principles of trauma-informed practice and explore consequences of not embracing it. Responses to disclosure of past trauma and steps to take if a patient is triggered by physiotherapy will be discussed. Emphasis will be placed on providing information that can be readily applied to practice settings.


Speaker: Jeremy McAllister, PT, MHA

When physiotherapists speak of moving from the traditional file folder chart to electronic medical records (EMR) they often say they are “going paperless.” Certainly, reducing paper through EMR adoption has many benefits and creates opportunities for efficiency, cost reduction, and better environmental stewardship. But if paper elimination is physiotherapy’s sole reason for EMR adoption, we are missing the greater significance of its role as the backbone of digital health care transformation. This session will provide an overview of the potential “big picture” benefits of EMR for local clinics and physiotherapy as a profession for both now and the coming years.


Speaker: Jim Millard, BSc(PT) MClSc (PT) FCAMPT

Given the frequency and duration of our interactions with patients, the means by which we communicate should not be viewed as passive but as a fundamental strategized form of care that is thoughtfully selected for each patient in a similar manner to other interventions. Coaching is a communication intervention strategy that improves patient outcomes by empowering autonomy, competence, relatedness and behaviour change. Coaching helps move patients from speculation to motivation and from passive to pro-active. Coaching creates action and can better serve our patients long-term health behaviours. Acquisition of coaching skills by physiotherapists should not be overlooked.


Speakers: Todd Wolansky, BScPT, Clinical Specialization Senior's Health and Cathy Harbidge, PT

This will be an interactive session designed to bring to life tools for identifying modifiable indicators of early functional decline for community-dwelling older adults. The speakers will present tools and their related evidence, as well as demonstrate how easily they can be used in practice. An overview of common comorbidities and medical conditions associated with the indicators will be provided.


Speaker: Linda Truong, PT, PhD Trainee

An overview of the current evidence on managing anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries will be presented. The objectives of this session are to improve an understanding of criteria-based rehabilitation and the importance of focusing on improving both short-term (i.e., return to sport or activity) and long term (i.e., delaying post-traumatic osteoarthritis and promoting life-long health-related quality of life) outcomes after ACL injuries. Surgical and non-surgical approaches will also be discussed as well as clinical strategies and resources to improve management of ACL injuries.


Speaker: Lesley Bainbridge, BSR(PT), MEd, PhD and Liz Harrison, PhD, MSc, BPT, Dip Sport PT

As physiotherapists we consider ourselves good collaborators. Reflecting on your performance how do you think others would rate your collaboration? In your experience, do different practice contexts change the way you collaborate? As an individual clinician what can you influence that will contribute to high-quality patient centered collaborative care? As an administrator and/or policy maker how can you create an environment that supports interprofessional collaboration? In addition to introducing recent research findings on the topic, the session will engage participants through a “world café” interactive small group discussion format.


Speaker: Christina Le, PT, PhD Candidate and Josh Kennedy, BSc KIN Student

Many physical, psychological, and social consequences are associated with suffering a knee injury, such as an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear. Physiotherapists are well-equipped to tackle physical consequences but may feel less confident treating psychological consequences. This session will focus on kinesiophobia: an irrational fear of movement or re-injury. Heightened fear of re-injury is one of the most frequently reported reasons for quitting sports after sustaining an ACL injury. We will describe kinesiophobia from a research and clinical perspective, provide patient examples and experiences, and discuss how to better manage kinesiophobia during knee injury rehabilitation.


Speaker: Riikka Niemelainen, PT, Ph.D

Alberta wants to lead the way in providing rehabilitation support to injured workers, ensuring they have the best access to services and supports to help them recover and return to work. A notable rise in injured workers with secondary psychological issues, at a rate of 16% per year, has introduced new challenges to rehabilitation and service delivery. This is where we need to work together. This presentation focuses on the benefits of an open communication between you and WCB and outlines the additional services available through WCB for workers to help them in their recovery journey.


Updates & Insights: AHS Physio Teleconsult Service for Chronic Pain

Speaker: Kate Gerry

Join Kate for an update on the AHS Physiotherapy & Rehabilitation Chronic Pain Teleconsult Service. The program has a dual purpose, to ascertain the needs of health-care professionals while helping to support best practice. Learn what have been the trends in the data thus far and how accessing this service may help to support & optimize your management of your chronic pain patients.


MDT With and Without Steroid Injections for Lumbar Radiculopathy

Speaker: Audrey Long and Geoff Bostick

This feasibility study compared the effects of Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT), with and without steroid injection, in people with lumbar radiculopathy. Participants were randomly allocated into a control group (steroid injection only) and the intervention group (MDT with or without a steroid injection). In the intervention group, participants were initially screened to determine response to MDT. Responders continued with MDT while non-responders received a steroid injection, followed by MDT. All participants were evaluated at baseline, 2 weeks, 6 weeks and 3 months for leg pain intensity, disability and global perceived effect. Preliminary findings are presented.


Can Physiotherapists Screen for Psychosocial Factors in Patients with Low Back Pain

Speaker: Karin Eldred, Krista Shore & Jason Daoust

As part of the AHS Research Challenge, our team investigated the feasibility of North Zone physiotherapists’ ability to screen outpatients with low back pain for psychosocial risk factors using the StarTBack Tool. PTs were asked to use the StarTBack Tool with appropriate patients over a 3-month period. The PTs were then interviewed about their experience. We will share the themes that emerged and discuss opportunities for and barriers to broader implementation.


A New Post-Sternotomy Movement Strategy: Keep Your Move in the Tube

Speaker: Lauren Park

There is little evidence to support the movement restrictions associated with sternal precautions post-sternotomy. An alternative, evidence-based, approach is needed. We are prospectively comparing sternal precautions to a new strategy called Keep Your Move in the TubeTM (KYMITT) using a before/after cohort design. We have recruited 100 patients into the sternal precautions group and another 100 patients will be recruited into the KYMITT strategy group. Patient-oriented outcomes (e.g., return to function, pain, wound healing, health services use) will be measured over 12-weeks post-operatively. Study results should confirm KYMITT is a useful evidence-based movement strategy for post-sternotomy patients.



Does Inspiratory Muscle Training Change Pelvic Floor Muscle Function?

Speaker: Meaghan Evans, Kristen Grovue, and Jessica DeMars

This study aimed to establish whether there is a change in pelvic floor muscle (PFM) function following an inspiratory muscle training (IMT) breathing intervention in women with and without stress urinary incontinence. Method: 10 healthy controls and 10 women with stress urinary incontinence were assessed by physiotherapists trained in each respective field for changes in pelvic floor muscle function before and after an IMT breathing intervention. Hypothesis: There would be a change in pelvic floor muscle function – specifically resting muscle tone, excursion and coordination - after an IMT breathing exercise intervention.


Kinematic and Stability Changes in Women Using a Sacroiliac Belt

Speaker: Magali Robert

A case control study of five women with PGP were matched to women without pain will be presented. Stability was measured with 95% confidence ellipse of centre of pressure during standing with the belt off and on. Kinematic studies were performed during standing and the stance phase of walking with and without the belt. The CoP data showed improved stability in all women with application of the belt (p = .005). Similar stability and kinematic changes were seen in women with and without PGP.


A Physiotherapy Research Experience from a Clinician Perspective

Speaker: Meaghan Evans, Kristen Grovue and Jessica DeMars

Having collaborated on a physiotherapy research project, we learned a lot about the actual research we were performing in trying to answer some of our clinical questions. In addition, we learned about what was involved in trying to do clinical research while maintaining regular "day jobs" as clinical physiotherapists and balancing busy family lives.