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Episode 10: “Restricted Activities – What you should know.”

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15 March 2020

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Most Alberta physiotherapists are familiar with restricted activities, but they may not be aware of the differences between advanced restricted activities and basic restricted activities, the requirements they must meet in order to be able to perform them, and the nuances of legislation that govern these activities. In this episode, Jody and Leanne discuss all things related to restricted activities.

Ever wonder why restricted activities exist at all? Or why some are "basic" and others "advanced"? Do the expectations for competent practice differ depending on whether the restricted activity is basic or advanced? We answer these questions and more, highlighting the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta’s governing legislation and the expectations established in the Standards of Practice along the way.

Towards the end of the episode we talk about why the College of Physiotherapists of Alberta recently started collecting more information about the basic restricted activities that physiotherapists perform.

As a College, we have always understood that the restricted activities identified under the Government Organization Act are there for a reason. These activities pose a risk to the public if they are performed by someone who is unskilled or unqualified to perform them.

In gathering more information, we are trying to get a better understanding of what physiotherapy practice looks like, what basic restricted activities are being done, by whom and in what clinical context. We are also trying to better understand how people are developing and maintaining their skills.


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