Book now! The Critical Physiotherapy Network will be meeting for a 1-day CPN Salon (mini-conference) after WCPT2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. Wednesday 5th July 2017: 10am-5pm - central Cape Town venue The Stack. Cost is 62USD. Expand your thinking: Stimulating speakers, facilitated critical dialogues, dreaming the future! Email us to book your place at the inaugural CPN Salon and join the mailing list. Program includes: 2 keynotes confirmed (details to follow - speakers from Norway and South Africa) session led by CPN chair Dr David Nicholls (New Zealand) on the current state of critical physiotherapy globally facilitated discussion led by Dr Barbara Gibson (Canada) … [Read more...] about CPN Salon – a mini-conference in critical physiotherapy
If you are not yet aware of the The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation its worth having a look. Their mission overlaps with the CPN and they publish work in a variety of (peer-reviewed) genres, including perspectives pieces, personal narratives, reflections, poetry, video or photo essays, and original research articles. Their stated purpose is to ‘raise the consciousness and deepen the intellect of the humanistic relationship in the rehabilitation sciences’. The journal currently has a call out for a special issue devoted to expanding the conversation between disability studies and rehabilitation. Here are the details: The Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation is a … [Read more...] about Call for Papers: Journal of Humanities in Rehabilitation, Special Disability Studies Themed Issue
CPN executive member Dr Barbara E Gibson's commentary paper, originally published in rehabINK magazine, explains being critical to a non-critical audience. She has kindly agreed for us to reproduce it here so we can all draw on this valuable resource to explain criticality. Critical Rehabilitation Research: Why it matters for all research by Barbara E Gibson Critical research approaches are gaining in popularity in the rehabilitation sciences and yet there remains some confusion regarding the meaning of “critical” and its applications to research and practice. While a burgeoning interdisciplinary literature is available explaining critical approaches, very little of this work is … [Read more...] about What does ‘critical’ mean again?
Earlier this week we asked Karen Atkinson, CPN member, Physiotherapy Professional Lead at University of Hertfordshire, and contributor to the Project Advisory Group that helped produce the WCPT's recent briefing paper Access to physical therapist entry level education and practice for persons with disabilities, to comment on the paper and provide some background. Karen has longstanding expertise in supporting disabled students and qualified professionals during their education and employment and real insights into the process that made this important report possible. Karen kindly provided us with the following overview: As someone who has worked to support disabled students and qualified … [Read more...] about Disabled physiotherapists – Karen Atkinson comment
Last week, the WCPT unveiled its latest briefing paper titled Access to physical therapist entry level education and practice for persons with disabilities. This paper and supporting resources are significant, not only for their critical and radical statements on the relationship between physiotherapists and people with disabilities, but also because they situate one of the profession's leading advocacy organisations in the position of critiquing physiotherapy's longstanding atheism towards disability rights. Physiotherapists have long paid lip-service to the idea that they advocate for the rights of disabled people, but have systematically excluded disabled people from training (with … [Read more...] about WCPT advocates for the inclusion of people with disabilities in physiotherapy profession
Amy Hiller has been a member of the CPN from its inception and she recently presented at the Critical Physiotherapy Forum at the Australian Physiotherapy Association conference. She is a musculoskeletal physiotherapist, a qualitative researcher and an educator. Amy is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Melbourne where she investigates communication in physiotherapy. I interviewed her about her PhD work. What got you interested in exploring patient-physiotherapist interactions to start with? I have always enjoyed listening to people’s stories and trying to understand each individual and their unique circumstances through my clinical work. It was, however, after my year … [Read more...] about Interview: Amy Hiller
blog post by A/Prof Barbara Gibson My new book Rehabilitation: A Post-critical Approach was written to help rehabilitation students and practitioners make the links between the critical scholarship and what it might mean for practice. A key chapter in the book explores how as a society we think about ‘normal’ as a preferred state of being, and how this is carried over into our rehabilitation practices. Here I provide an overview of this discussion. Normalizing practices in rehabilitation help sustain negative attitudes towards disabled people and deny the richness of human diversity. In making this somewhat provocative statement my purpose is not to suggest that all rehabilitation … [Read more...] about Disrupting the Disabled/Normal Divide