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The Council hosted the Physiotherapy Regulation and Accreditation (PRA) Network’s fourth event, Growing Cultural Safety in Physiotherapy, in November with physiotherapy professionals involved in accreditation and regulation attending virtually from across the world.

Moderated by the Council’s CEO Anton Barnett-Harris, the event enabled panellists to share their wide and varied experiences of culture and developing physiotherapists’ cultural safety through regulation and accreditation. The panel included:

  • Dianne Millette, Registrar and CEO of the College of Physical Therapists of British Columbia, Canada
  • Mike Gabilo, President of the Philippine Physical Therapy Association, Philippines
  • Reena Patel, Assistant Director of Workforce & Education at the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, United Kingdom

Coming from diverse landscapes and cultural contexts, the panellists shared their learnings, experiences, and reflected on their journeys towards cultural responsivity. The conversation highlighted barriers to access healthcare, accepting the many facets, terminologies and meanings of cultural safety and what culturally respectful physiotherapy care looks like in different country contexts.

The virtual attendees came from several countries with a desire to learn and grow, recognising that accreditation and regulation can positively address such social justice issues.

As secretariat of the PRA Network, the Council organises free and open virtual events that help build strong partnerships and collaborations to enhance physiotherapy regulation and accreditation around the world.

If you are involved in physiotherapy regulation and accreditation and would like to be part of the PRA Network, please contact us at [email protected] and we will let you know about the upcoming virtual events.

About PRA Network

The Physiotherapy Regulation and Accreditation (PRA) Network is a group of international stakeholders who share best practice and aim to strengthen accreditation and regulation across the global physiotherapy profession.
It is supported by the Australian Physiotherapy Council who acts as secretariat.

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