Why Your Information Needs to be Kept Up-To-Date
Physiotherapy Alberta collects a lot of information from members - everything from where you work, the age of patients you treat, what education you received and even your retirement plans. Have you ever wondered why? Who cares and why you need to share?
First and foremost the information collected is used to determine eligibility for registration, maintain the registers of members and implement the investigation and discipline process. That is why under the Health Professions Act members are required, within 30 days, to report changes to their name, contact information, employment and registration with another college to ensure Physiotherapy Alberta makes decisions based on current information.
Member information is also used to support the following activities:
- Health systems and policy development
We are required by law to provide demographic, education and practice information to the Minister of Health to support the Provincial Provider Registry. Click here for more information about the registry.
- Workforce planning
Since 2007, anonymous member data has been provided to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI). All Canadian physiotherapist regulators provide the same information so there is standardized data for physiotherapists in Canada. This information supports health human resource monitoring and evaluation, planning, research and policy activities. There is a series of reports and data files on the CIHI website if you are interested in national supply trends for physiotherapists.
We also publish provincial trends in supply and practice in our Annual Report to inform policy makers and researchers.
- Find a Physiotherapist search function
Physiotherapy Alberta’s online search function, www.physiotherapistalberta/findaPT, makes it easy for the public to find a physiotherapist. The search function uses data from member’s registration record, however, in the ‘back-end’ practice areas are converted to conditions treated. Click here to learn how the search function works.
The data we share is only as good as the information provided so please ensure your information is always up to date. Log in to your online account to report changes as they occur.