This week brings us the first of this year's inaugural Critical Physiotherapy Courses. You can find the details of the course content and times here. The link to attend the course is here. Simply paste this link into your web browser at the right time and you'll be able to join us. The course is free and can be used for your continuing professional development. The course will be recorded and available on this site in full the next day if you can't attend 'in person'. Looking forward to seeing you at the end of the week. A/Prof Dave Nicholls … [Read more...] about This week – The 1st of our 2019 Critical Physiotherapy Course series
After 12 months of planning and preparation, the first ever Critical Physiotherapy Course comes to life in February. Run once a month over six months, the course highlights some of the most interesting new ideas in physiotherapy and features some of the CPNs most innovative thinkers. Programme 21 Feb Dave Nicholls - The architecture of movement 21 March Anna Rajala - What's "critical" about critical physiotherapy? Max Horkheimer and the idea of Critical Theory 18 April Gail Teachman - The End of Inclusion? Thinking beyond 'inclusion' with Bourdieu 23 May Patty Thille - What does it mean to care? Thinking with Annemarie Mol 20 June Tobba Sudmann - How to understand … [Read more...] about Announcing the 2019 Critical Physiotherapy Course
A radical new adventure in physiotherapy research publication was launched recently, and would be a fabulous vehicle for publishing for people in and around the Critical Physiotherapy Network. The OpenPhysio journal is the brainchild of A/Prof Michael Rowe, CPN Exec member and lecturer at the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Supported by Physio-pedia, the journal is different to any journal you have probably ever seen before. Research is published immediately, with no delay for administration or peer approval. Peer review is open to everyone and all feedback is collaborative. Responses are published alongside the finished article and represent their own citable … [Read more...] about Open Physio online journal open for business
Mike Stewart posted an interesting picture (link) on his Facebook feed a couple of days ago (thanks to Paul Lagerman - The Naked Physio - for the link, and Mike for posting). Participants on Mike's course were asked to respond to the prompt; "If I designed a healthcare course for students, the first 3 lessons would be...' The responses proved interesting. https://www.facebook.com/100008119901926/posts/2199382033675772/ My suspicion is that if you asked any experienced physiotherapist, they are likely to say something similar. In fact, the evidence suggests that most employers, practitioners, and consumers want their clinicians to have good communications skills, be empathic, … [Read more...] about What is at the heart of physiotherapy?
I teach on a postgraduate paper that gets students from all sorts of health disciplines to think about themselves as health professionals, their professions, and the ‘others’ that they work with. We use a lot of activities to get the students to reflect on their practice and some of these activities can be really challenging. Students do photo essays, write letters of appreciation, design practice models, and explore critical incidents, but perhaps the most interesting activity involves them taking something every day and obvious and making it strange. We ask the students to identify something about their practice that might otherwise be taken-for-granted, and get them to tell us … [Read more...] about Stating the obvious
This isn't the kind of material this blog usually deals with, but there's something fascinating in this recent report from Nathan Yau at flowingdata.com. The report looks at divorce statistics across different occupational groups and shows some interesting things about physical therapists in the United States. How much the findings can be extrapolated to other populations is debatable, but my sense is that there are some sociological principles at play here: perhaps about the linkage between one's profession, education and income and life fulfillment, that needs to be considered. The first set of data looks at divorce rates by occupation, and physical therapists come out with some of … [Read more...] about Divorce rates among physiotherapists
I have had the good fortune to spend time this last week with one of the world's foremost digital education specialists. Steve Wheeler is someone who has been at the forefront of educational innovation for over a decade now, and he spent last week and this week at AUT working with colleagues in my school. The highlight of his visit so far, for me at least, was a study day that we held over the weekend to look at 21st first century education. We spent the morning at a new school that has embraced the idea flexible learning environments (FLEs). Teaching at my university is often anything but flexible, and classrooms, curricula, and teaching and learning practices often look more rigid the … [Read more...] about Pushing at open doors