We had our annual Strategic Planning meeting for the CPN Exec last week and had most of our present and past Exec members present. Here is a brief summary of the CPN in 2019: Current Eight-member Exec: Co-chairs Viviana Silva Guerrero (Australia/Colombia) and Dave Nicholls (New Zealand), supported by Tone Dahl-Michelsen (Norway), Jeanette Praestegaard (Denmark), Anna Rajala (Finland/UK), Aydee Luisa Robayo (Colombia), Nicky Wilson (UK), and Adriane Vieira (Brazil)650 members in 57 countriesUK by far the largest members group (120), followed by Australia (50), Canada (42), New Zealand (38), Denmark (32), Norway (28) and USA (26) This year's work: Authors drafting 15 chapters for … [Read more...] about CPN end-of-year quick review
The CPN Executive met for the second time this year. Among other things we discussed the first Critical Physiotherapy Course, which kicked off with David Nicholls on The Architecture of Movement a few weeks ago. The course will have six more talks from six very exciting critical thinkers. We were impressed by the conversation that followed David’s talk. The success of the first session gives us hope that the course will spark innovative critical models for future physiotherapy. The recordings will also make a valuable archive of Critical Physiotherapy. The Executive would like to thank Tobba Sudmann for her superb chairing of the first session. The session would not have ran so … [Read more...] about A thank you from the CPN Executive
At WCPT in Cape Town there was an incredible turn-out for a 7am Monday morning meeting of people interested in the history of physical therapy. The upshot of the meeting was that we agreed that we needed to form an international physical therapy history group. And so, we've started asking who would be interested in coming along for the ride. So far we've got 37 'members' across more than a dozen countries covering all five continents. The intention is to form a network - not dissimilar to the CPN - but perhaps functioning a little differently. The focus will probably be on raising the profile of history in and around the profession; establishing an interactive archive of … [Read more...] about Are you interested in the history of physical therapy?
If you are someone who follows this blog, uses Facebook, Twitter or other social media like email and texting, you may have become quite familiar with the idea that people are now networking in ways that were impossible only a few years ago. A friend of mine was telling me the other day about her eight-year-old son, who was now the embodiment of a digital native. He knew how to log onto their computer, how to search for school projects, and how to use his tablet in the classroom to draw, add, compose and write. She was wondering what the future of work and study would be for him, and whether today's lecturers and practitioners knew what they were in for. According to a report last … [Read more...] about New: Organisations
Over the last three weeks I've posted up some prompts to start a conversation around connectivity - one of the many ideas that might help us think practically about how physiotherapy might respond to the changes taking place in health care. Over that time I've had lots of responses from members of the group, and I've posted these on the blog. It's time now to start thinking about a paper that will communicate some of these ideas to the broader physiotherapy community. I said we would have written within three months and with a bit of collective effort we'll do this easily. First we need to define the structure of the article, and then allocate people to draft sections. I said all … [Read more...] about Connectivity – Contributions from the Network #11 – Planning our article