April Leadership Message from Registrar Jody Prohar
March likely started for many of us going about our normal routines looking forward to the longer days and warmer weather of spring. It has been over one month since Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH), reported Alberta’s first presumptive case of COVID-19 and with that announcement our normal routines changed. This has been a stressful month filled with uncertainty for everyone, in all aspects of life. Whether you work in a private practice clinic, hospital, school, or community setting we recognize this has changed your work. You are and will continue to be faced with many challenges. Dr. Hinshaw repeatedly states that this is our “new normal.” Our profession is faced with determining what this means for physiotherapy during a pandemic. We have physiotherapists working to offer safe virtual care (which may be new to them and their patients), others trying to understand the impacts of COVID-19 in acute care, and everyone keeping abreast of infection prevention control measure updates to limit spread and remain safe. Physiotherapy Alberta will continue to make every effort to provide you updated information that may affect you and your practice.
We acknowledge that your inbox has been overwhelmed with emails as we attempt to communicate these important, rapid changes and I encourage you to regularly visit the COVID-19 Information and Updates on the website.
We must all do our part, personally and professionally, to follow the orders made by the Chief Medical Officer of Health. I would like to recognize everyone for your efforts during these unprecedented times.