PPTA Forum on the Future of PT in the Philippines

Future Begins Now:
A Forum on Present and Projected Issues of the Physical Therapy Profession

25 September 2011 (Sunday)
CME Auditorium, University of Santo Tomas, Manila

This is a half-day forum which aims to provide a venue to discuss the present significant issues being confronted by the physical therapy profession and its individual professionals regarding regulation, education, service delivery, and professional organization representation. The forum also aims provide an opportunity for major stakeholders of the physical therapy profession in the country to present their views regarding the future state of profession in the areas of licensure and regulation, undergraduate and post-graduate education, service demand and supply, and professional organization.

The following stakeholders shall be invited to be presenters and panel members for the forum:

  • Professional Regulation Commission, represented by the members of the Regulatory Board for Occupational and Physical Therapy;
  • Commission on Higher Education, represented by the members of the Technical Panel for Physical Therapy Education;
  • Department of Health, represented by the Health Human Resource Development Bureau;
  • Philippine Physical Therapy Association, represented by its Board of Directors and Board of Officers;
  • Association of Philippine Physical Therapy Students, represented by its Board of Officers;
  • Officers of the Occupational Therapy Association of the Philippines and the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists.

The forum is open to all physical therapy students, graduates, and professionals. No registration fees will be commanded. However, prior registration would highly be encouraged via e-mail to secretary@philpta.org (Indicate Subject: PT forum 25 Sept).

Proposed program for the forum:
Time & Details
8:00 am – 8:45 am Registration
8:45 am – 9:00 am Opening program (invocation, national anthem, and opening remarks)
9:00 am – 9:30 am Philippine Physical Therapy Association, Inc. presentation
9:30 am – 10:00 am Commission on Higher Education presentation
10:00 am – 10:30 am Professional Regulations Commission presentation
10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 11:15 am Department of Health presentation
11:15 am – 11:30 am Association of Philippine Physical Therapy Students presentation
11:30 am – 12:30 pm Open forum
12:30 pm – 12:45 pm Closing program (presentation of certificates and closing remarks)

1st Filipino Therapists’ Conference & Expo

When & Where
September 24-25, 2011
Crowne Plaza Galleria Manila

The 1st Filipino Therapists’ conference & expo aims globally advance and competitive Filipino therapists due to rising demand in the market. It also envisions enhancing the organizational, practical skills, competence and ethical service practices of Filipino Therapists. Lastly, this convention would like to raise the Filipino therapists’ awareness of the clients’ and patients’ need in facing the current society.

An event that convenes Filipino Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech Pathologists & Pediatric Therapists and discuss the goal towards progress. This also aspires to strengthen the industry through forming a distinctive group that will cater the needs and development of Filipino therapists all over the world. The expo aspect of the event will showcase products and services in the therapy industry.

Our aim is to provide further education and development avenues through conventions and events to the industry, practitioners and clients. Through this mission of uplifting the profession and industry to global competitiveness level, domestic and local therapy centers will increase and will eventually profuse number of jobs for newly graduates and unemployed therapists.

For more details (i.e., conference fee, exhibitor & sponsorship packages), please contact Ex-Link Management & Marketing Services Corp.
Tel.: 643-3887 | Fax: 640-1280
Email: info@exlinkevents.com | ritajacinto@exlinkevents.com
Website: www.filipinotherapistsevent.com.ph
Blog: www.filipinotherapistsevent.blogspot.com

Upgrading the OT Dress Code… We’re Taking No Less Than Tim Gunn

Yey… Cloud! I  mean I’m on Cloud 9. The fashion magazine, Marie Claire, has featured an article on an interview with Project Runway’s Tim Gunn talking about giving health care fashion an upgrade in its April 2011 issue. Here’s a link to the page.

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New AOTA Guidelines for Home Health Effective April 1, 2011

This post is a bit late considering it’s already the 10th of April by the time I got around to it. (They didn’t dub me “slacker OT” for nothing, you know… shhh! :P)

Anyway, AOTA has published Updated Guidelines for Functional Assessments and Documentation in Home Health based on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) health policy directives and transmittal requests effective April 1, 2011. The aim is to clarify the roles and expectations of occupational therapists and assistants in the evaluation, documentation and progress measurement for Medicare home health. There is increased emphasis on outcome measurement, accountability to make sure that services are reasonable, necessary, safe and effective. I have uploaded a copy via Scribd for all you OTs out there. Click here to read for yourselves.

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