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Network News - Volume 3, Number 1


In This Issue:


Do you have regulatory resources for INPTRA’s website?

We’re still excited about the new content on the new INPTRA website.

Do you have regulatory resources to share with other regulators in the following areas? Send them to us and we will post them to the website.

  • Articles
  • Country Profiles
  • Educational Accreditation Standards
  • Entry to Practice Competencies
  • Standards of Practice
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Ethics, Enforcement and Compliance
  • Regulation Language
  • Reports and Newsletters


March Webcast: Education of the public: A regulator’s responsibility?

Regulators often rely on consumers to tell them when the care they receive is not good care. And do patients or clients even know that they should check to assure someone is registered or licensed? In each of these situations, there seems an assumption that patients understand the system and understand what good care is.

INPTRA is hosting a webcast panel discussion on this topic with speakers from Canada, Nigeria and the United States. This panel will explore the responsibility that regulators have in educating the public and explore some ways different regulators have approached this challenge.

Live session: Wednesday, March 16: 12:00 - 1:00 PM EST Washington, DC, United States
Replay: Monday, March 21: 8:00 - 9:00 PM EST Washington DC, United States

  • Those listening to the replay may send questions to info@inptra.org after the replay.

How to Register
If you would like to attend, please email info@inptra.org with the following information.

  • Tell us which session you will attend: the live session, March 16 or the replay, March 21.
  • Include your name, organization, phone number, country and email address.
  • Once you have registered, we will send you instructions for participating in the webcast.


June Webcast: The importance of engagement in continuing professional development

The term competency has been used for years by regulators, educators, and employers, yet the multiple - sometimes conflicting - meanings of the term itself have not been fully discussed. In this presentation, Zubin Austin will review the different meanings of the word 'competency' from diverse stakeholders' perspectives, and the implications of these differences for assessment and confidence in decision making.

Live Session: Thursday, June 2, 2015 11 AM ET Washington, DC, United States

  • Registration is not yet open. The replay date and registration will be announced by April 2016.


Speakers for Upcoming Webcasts

A few weeks ago, we sent out a survey to solicit speakers for the following INPTRA webcasts. We’ve extended the survey until March 11, 2016.

1. Data Collection and Evidence-based Regulation (how do we demonstrate effectiveness?)

2. Supportive Personnel: To have or not to have? Do they need to be regulated?

3. Practitioner awareness – how do we prevent violations versus react to them?

4. Discipline or Remediation? When and How

If you are a regulator or have regulatory experience or expertise, please fill out this 10-minute survey by Friday, March 11, 2016.


Help INPTRA Address Your Regulatory Issues

INPTRA’s vision is to be the leading worldwide resource for physiotherapy regulation to ensure safe and competent physiotherapy practice.

One step to achieving this vision is to gather information from regulators to clarify what resources would be most helpful to you.

So! We are currently finalizing a survey to gain more information about healthcare regulatory issues and interests in your country. We will use this information to develop resources that align with those issues and interests.

Regulators, please watch for the email asking you to participate in our survey.


World Health Professions Regulation Conference 2016

Attend the leading international conference on health professional regulation to be held May 21-22, 2016 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Health professional regulation - facing challenges to acting in the public interest
Health professional regulation faces many challenges in a world characterised by political, social, economic and technological change. Widespread reform of health professional regulation reflects policy initiatives by many governments to ensure sustainable, efficient and effective health service delivery. But what are the implications, and how do we ensure the public’s best interests are met?


Australia Registrant Data

A significant benefit of the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme for health practitioners in Australia is the ability to collect reliable registrant data at a national level. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) publishes quarterly registrant data for all 14 national boards. This data also forms an important comparator for further assessing and mitigating any identified risks of harm to the public from health practitioners.

Click here to view the most recent registration data published by the Physiotherapy Board of Australia.


European Union Hosts CPD Workshop

The workshop on Continuing Professional Development (CPD) brought together 60 experts in the area of CPD, including representatives of regulatory, professional and educational bodies and the European Commission. Among the issues discussed were ways to optimize CPD of health professionals to improve quality of care and patient safety.

View presentations.


United State Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC)

The Physical Therapy Licensure Compact (PTLC) legislation has been introduced for adoption in the states of Arizona, Missouri, Oregon and Tennessee. A compact is an agreement between states that will allow increased mobility of licensees between states. Several other states are at various stages of preparing for introduction.

The ultimate goal is for all 50 states to adopt the PTLC and increase access to care by removing regulatory barriers to mobility. However, this will take several years to accomplish.

The goal of the PTLC is to increase the mobility of physiotherapists across state borders in response to the needs of the population.


INPTRA Mission and Vision Posted

The newly-developed mission and vision for INPTRA were posted to the INPTRA website. They were approved by the Board of Directors at its February 2016 meeting.

Mission:
INPTRA promotes regulatory principles and standards that help assure safe and competent physiotherapy practice worldwide through education, information sharing and other collaborative activities.

Vision:
To be the leading worldwide resource for physiotherapy regulation to ensure safe and competent physiotherapy practice


Mark Your Calendar: INPTRA 2017 Conference

The INPTRA 2017 Conference will be held in conjunction with the World Confederation for Physical Therapy Congress 2017 June 30 - July 1, 2017 in Cape Town, South Africa. We will share more details as we get closer to the meeting.


Would you like to share your country’s regulatory news?

We would be pleased to include news about healthcare regulation in your country in this quarterly newsletter.

Please send a short article or a link to a news article to info@inptra.org.


INPTRA Regulatory Guiding Principles

These principles on physiotherapy regulation have been developed to provide guidance both to already-established regulatory authorities and, in particular, to those countries where physiotherapy regulation is developing or has not yet been developed. This version is based on feedback from attendees of the INPTRA 2015 conference in Singapore.

The principles provide specific areas that should be addressed in a regulatory model for physiotherapy.

While not all the principles may be feasible at the current time within a particular jurisdiction, they should provide guidance for future change.

The principles also provide the foundation for the collection of data, evidence and resources related to each of the principles.

View the Regulatory Guiding Principles.


INPTRA Board of Directors Report

The INPTRA board of directors approved the following motions at their February 11, 2016 meeting.

To approve the December 4, 2015 minutes.

To approve the INPTRA Mission and Vision.

Mission:
INPTRA promotes regulatory principles and standards that help assure safe and competent physiotherapy practice worldwide through education, information sharing and other collaborative activities.

Vision:
To be the leading worldwide resource for physiotherapy regulation to ensure safe and competent physiotherapy practice


Are you a regulator?

Click Agencies under Regulatory Resources on the INPTRA website to view country information.

  • Have we included your country?
  • Is your country’s regulatory agency information correct?
  • Is some information missing?
Be sure to send updates to info@inptra.org.


Submit your country’s regulatory profile

If you would like to submit a profile of your country's physiotherapy regulation, please send the following information (in English and MS Word, please) to info@inptra.org.

  • Country: The name of your country.
  • Point of Contact: Your name, position and email address. This is for INPTRA's information only and will not be posted on the website.
  • Regulatory Model: Provide a brief one-paragraph summary.
  • Website: The website of the organization that represents physiotherapy regulators in your country.

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