Animal Rehabilitation

Physiotherapy Alberta’s position is that, while individuals with a physiotherapy background may pursue education and training to rehabilitate animals, the Health Professions Act does not provide Physiotherapy Alberta with the latitude to regulate physiotherapists practicing on animals.

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Common Legal Processes

Our guide provides information for physiotherapists on commonly encountered legal processes including providing medical-legal reports and expert reports, acting as a lay or expert witness in court, and what you need to know about subpoenas, summons and notices to attend.

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Competencies for Physiotherapist Assistants

The 2012 Essential Competency Profile for Physiotherapist Assistants in Canada is a foundational document that describes the essential competencies (i.e., the knowledge, skills and attitudes) required by physiotherapist assistants working under the supervision of a physiotherapist in Canada at the beginning of and throughout their career. 

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Leaving a Practice

From time to time physiotherapists may leave a place of employment or move to another clinic/facility. All too often in these circumstances physiotherapists find themselves in uncomfortable relationship situations reminiscent of a ‘bad divorce.’

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Third-Party Requests

Physiotherapists often receive third-party requests for non-clinical services. These services can include: clinical record transfers or copies, providing a report or expert opinion and/or other patient related services that require a physiotherapist’s time and expertise. Our Third-Party Requests practice guideline provides ethical considerations and some general information and recommendations related to third-party requests.

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Referring for Physician Consultation

A physiotherapist may refer patients to a physician for the purpose of consultation. The Referring for Physician Consultation practice guideline details Physiotherapy Alberta’s expectations regarding these referrals. 

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Medical Assistance in Dying

Physiotherapists may find themselves in situations where medical assistance in dying (MAID) is under discussion. Should a physiotherapist be involved in such discussions the following guidance is provided.

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