In this blogpost, Dr Mario Elia talks about the reasons he supports referral to physiotherapy. I've re-blogged it here not because he waves a flag for physiotherapy - which is all well and good - but that he portrays physiotherapy as a safe pair of hands: consistent, predictable and reliable. "When I refer a patient to physiotherapy, for the most part I know exactly what my patients are getting into." While this might be the fantasy of our regulatory bodies, part of me wonders if being so conservative is such a great thing in the 21st century. Is there something about the embodied, sensual nature of health and illness that is elided when you have a strong, dependable professional identity? … [Read more...] about Why I recommend physiotherapy to my patients
A great blogpost on the virtues of innovation in education, courtesy of Ciaran Regan (CPN). … [Read more...] about Where are the wise?
"...it’s also been a year in which I’ve stopped trying to get myself into an ideal situation for putting my numerous plans into action and started getting on with them anyway." Great advice for anyone with a spare New Years resolution going unused! … [Read more...] about Early Career Life in 2014 – George Campbell Gosling
We had the first meeting of the Critical Physiotherapy Network Organising Committee (neatly abbreviated to CPN-OC). You'll remember we had six fabulously enthusiastic volunteers: Barbara Gibson (Canada), Jenny Setchell (Australia), Nicky Wilson & Gwyn Owen (UK), Simon Kirkegaard (Denmark), with me - Dave Nicholls (New Zealand) - in the Chair. The plan for the first meeting was to get the video conferencing software to work (why is it that the technology is always the biggest stress!), and to meet each other. I thought that if we could just achieve that, we would have achieved something quite momentous. I'm pleased to say we did achieve our objective, but with only minutes to … [Read more...] about Report on 1st meeting of the Critical Physio Network Organising Committee
The response to the formation of our Critical Physiotherapy Network has been amazing, and it's made me think about some of the reasons why physiotherapy is now ready for a group like this. 1. Health care is increasingly complex The sheer size and complexity of the health care system is profoundly challenging the old medical model. Writers like Bryan Turner, Simon Williams, Debbie Lupton, Chris Shilling, Nick Fox, Alan Petersen and others have shown that biomedicine has brought about many great achievements, but it has also contributed to the present dysfunction in the health system. As the old system is slowly dismantled (and with it, many of the principles that have underpinned … [Read more...] about 10 reasons why we need a Critical Physiotherapy Network
Today is a momentous day! After some weeks of planning, I am proud to announce the formal arrival of the Critical Physiotherapy Network. For a long time now, I've been thinking about bringing together a group of critical-thinking physiotherapists from around the world who were interested in philosophy, history, cultural studies, sociology, qualitative research and education. A few weeks ago I decided to step down from my role as Head of Physiotherapy at AUT University, and that induced me to think about some of the projects that were lying in wait ready for when I had more time. So I began by contacting half-a-dozen colleagues I knew around the world who were critical … [Read more...] about Critical Physiotherapy Network is born!