We have our monthly CPN Executive video conference on Friday this week, and it's been a while since we updated you on some of the things we're doing and some of the projects that we're involved in, so here's a quick summary: Friday's meeting will be the first with two new members. Viviana Guerrero and Michael Rowe joined Barbara Gibson, Simon Kirkegaard, Gwyn Owen, Dave Nicholls, Jenny Setchell and Nicky Wilson on the Exec last month. Viviana is a doctoral candidate and Senior Research Assistant at Griffith University’s Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation in Australia. (You will have seen some of her work recently with the Spanish translations we've been able … [Read more...] about CPN update – November 2015
Congratulations to CPN Executive Member Jenny Setchell for winning the prize for the 'Paper most likely to have an impact on the profession' at the recent APA conference, for her paper 'Physical therapists' ways of thinking and talking about overweight and obesity - Clinical implications.' Jenny is based at the University of Queensland in Australia and has research interests in discrimination in a health care context, particularly how health professional attitudes and perceptions towards patients/clients can affect their health care. She is currently researching: Anti-fat attitudes, or weight stigma, of physiotherapists and their clinical relevance The impacts of medical doctors' … [Read more...] about Person most likely…
Over the last few days, we’ve achieved another landmark in the evolution of the CPN, when six members of the Network presented the first Critical Physiotherapy Forum at the Australian Physiotherapy Association Conference on the Gold Coast, Queensland (link). Led by CPN Exec member Jenny Setchell in collaboration with the APA, we outlined five different critical research programmes and topics of critical interest, before hosting a panel discussion on the possibilities for more critical physiotherapy thinking and practice in the future Ian Edwards - What is the source of our ethical obligation in physiotherapy practice: Codes of Conduct or the Levinasian face? Amy Hiller - ‘Insider’ … [Read more...] about CPN at the 2015 APA Conference
A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to attend a critical health conference in South Africa. The group that runs the conference is the called International Society of Critical Health Psychology (ISCHP). Similar to our organisation, ISCHP “provides a forum for scrutinising, challenging and questioning what is said and done in the purported pursuit of promoting and improving ‘health’ by health psychologists and others”. ISCHP has a membership of around 800 people and its main activity as a society is to organise bi-annual conferences (the first was in 1999) and to moderate an active email list. The email list provides members with information about relevant employment, publishing, … [Read more...] about Critical conferences and decolonising physiotherapy
Physiotherapists were very well represented at this year's In Sickness and In Health conference in Mallorca. Over the three days of the conference, 12 members of the CPN presented, and the standard of the work was as high as anything offered internationally. There were strong presentations on the application of phenomenology to practice, non-medical prescribing, professional competencies and embodied knowledge, discourses of cure and care, personal narratives in weight loss surgery advertising, practice regulation, the construction of fat bodies, artisanal practice, family-based care, post-structural analyses of movement, theories of health policy, and notions of inclusion for disabled … [Read more...] about Critical physios represented at ISIH conference in Mallorca
Despite the terrible choice of locations I pre-planned from Australia by looking at an (inaccurate) map of the conference venue, most of the Critical Physiotherapy Network members who were at WCPT 2015 in Singapore were able to meet up during afternoon tea on the second day of the conference. A huge thank you to Carol McCrum for initiating the meet up. An wonderful group of critical minded physiotherapists were present. Names are listed in order of appearance in the picture from left to right: Joan McMeeken, Petronella Van De Merwe, Carol McCrum,Veronika Schoeb (front row of photo), Amy Hiller, Lester Jones, Jenny Setchell, Uffe Holmsgaard Rasmussen, Anita Hartmeier (back row of photo) … [Read more...] about First network meet-up: huge grins!
Each day over the next week I'll post up an abstract for a paper being presented by a member of the Critical Physiotherapy Network at the In Sickness and In Health conference in Mallorca in June 2015. (You can find more information on the conference here.) The Experience of Practice-Based Educators: Supporting Disabled Physiotherapy Students By Karen Atkinson In the UK we have a substantial history of disabled people entering the physiotherapy profession. The most well-known group is probably those who have visual impairments. Over the last 20 years, however, the picture has changed with more students and graduate physiotherapists who are, for example, users of mental health services, … [Read more...] about The Experience of Practice-Based Educators: Supporting Disabled Physiotherapy Students