This is another post in our series of new bloggers on the criticalphysio site. This post comes from Professor Dina Brooks, Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease at the University of Toronto in Canada. Let me start with two confessions: 1) this is my first blog ever; and 2) I am a quantitative researcher who has done basic and applied research and conducted multiple randomized controlled trials. With any luck, these disclosures will not turn you off reading this blog but intrigue you to know why I feel compelled to write my first blog ever, for the CPN. The day after WCPT Congress, I attended the CPN Salon in a beautiful venue in Cape … [Read more...] about Reflections of a quantitative researcher on the CPN Salon
A few weeks ago, I took part in a panel discussion on the theme of 'The university is dead: Long live the university'. The keynote presenter - the very brilliant Professor Jane Gilbert - talked about how technology is going to disrupt every aspect of our lives in the future. Ever since the talk I've been pondering how much technology will disrupt the kinds of physiotherapy people might need in the future. Here are just three examples of disruptive technologies and ways of thinking and working that are due for a shakeup in the very near future: Fact-based technical subjects, like the kinds of science-bases subjects commonly thought of as 'core' subject in physiotherapy (anatomy, … [Read more...] about Will technology make physiotherapy obsolete?
This post is the first from a new blogger on the site. Cath Cruse-Drew's first post explores the use of categories in physiotherapy. There's some more information about Cath at the bottom of this post. I have often wondered why Physios, Physio educators and Physio managers align our profession with the categorisation of illness and disability. Thomas Sydenham started the diagnostic ball rolling in his ‘Observationes Medicae’ in 1676, his ‘carving nature at its joints’ was thought to be a methodically sound and scientific approach that matched the ideas of the biological sciences of the day in the classification of plants and animals. Thus, the idea of difference in medicine began. … [Read more...] about Categories
By anyone's estimations, the CPN events at the WCPT Congress in Cape Town this last week were a huge success. Thanks goes to a lot of people, not least Jenny Setchell, Michael Rowe and Nicky Wilson in Cape Town and Gwyn Owen in Cardiff, for organising and running things. Here are some highlights: The biggest face-to-face meeting of the CPN Exec we've ever been able to hold, as a time for reflection on the Network's future; A Focused Symposium that ran like clockwork and delivered to around 200 people, with four fantastic founding members of the Network delivering powerful, thought-provoking, and often challenging material; A series of workshops and papers presented by CPN … [Read more...] about Celebrations over, now back to work
Only two weeks to go now until the greatest show on (physiotherapy) earth gets under way. WCPT Cape Town will be a smorgasbord of ideas, people, meetings, presentations, and inspiration, and the Critical Physiotherapy Network will be there in force. If you're attending the Congress and would like to find out more about the Network, you can pop into our Focused Symposium, which will be in Ballroom East on Monday 3rd July from 10:45-12:15pm. There, Barbara Gibson, Jenny Setchell, Viviana Silva, Mershen Pillay and I will be presenting some ideas about critical thinking in physiotherapy and discussing how physiotherapy might move forward from here. But the biggest CPN-specific event … [Read more...] about The greatest show on (physiotherapy) earth
A friend of mine works with young people who are first- or second-generation migrants to New Zealand. Her job is to equip them with the skills they'll need to run campaigns, advocate for their communities, and improve the lives of the people around them. They're 'therapists' of a sort. She has a simple way of knowing whether someone is doing the right thing or not. She asks "Are you kicking up, or kicking down?" By 'kicking up', she means agitating against those people with power, the ones in positions in authority. All too often people find it easier to kick down: taking aim at the people who are easy targets, because they're vulnerable, less powerful, less fortunate. It's the … [Read more...] about Kicking up, not kicking down
In a couple of weeks time, I'll be heading off to Cape Town for WCPT. As part of the CPN Salon that we're running on the Wednesday immediately after the conference, I'll be delivering a short 'State of the CPN' talk. Looking back, the Network has done some incredible things in just three years, but digging down into our archives I've found some things that have given me pause for thought. One of them is the popularity of some of the blogposts and the almost complete disinterest people show in others. For instance, our most popular blog by far was 10 reasons to love physiotherapy. We had nearly 40,000 views of this post. This was nearly three times as many people who have ever … [Read more...] about The highs and lows of blogging about physiotherapy