Every day during September we will post up an idea for you to vote on. The most popular ideas will become the things that the inaugural Organizing Committee of the Critical Physiotherapy Network focuses on in 2015. So please make sure you cast your vote at the bottom of each post.
The Critical Physiotherapy Network is an eclectic group with people interested in subjects like anthropology, cultural studies, economics, education, gender studies, humanities, legal studies, linguistics, philosophy, political studies and sociology as well as all-things physiotherapy. Members of the Network are also members of a wide variety of interest groups outside of the profession, and bring a huge amount of their experiences from these external groups into their daily work.
A number of people in the network, for example, are active in the Nordic Network on Disability Research which is an on-line discussion forum with links to the Scandinavian Journal of Disability Research. Other groups include historical associations, professional organizations, support groups and other on-line networks. Often these groups allow us to draw on our physiotherapy knowledge and experience whilst also exploring aspects of our work that the physiotherapy profession doesn’t currently have a strong focus on. They bring us closer to people outside the profession and broaden our insights and understandings.
While our Network aspires to be an inclusive, welcoming forum for a wide range of critical perspectives, there are going to be limits on the resources and support that we can reasonably offer to everyone in the group. And so, would it not make sense for us to develop formal links with some of these other groups so that we can share resources and leverage off our mutual interest in critical approaches to health care?
Post update: please note that voting closed on 7 October 2014 (results are available here), but please feel free to post your comments in the space below.