INAPTA co-hosted a very successful fall conference with the Kentucky Physical Therapy Association on September 21-22, 2018 in Louisville, KY. The joint conference took place on the beautiful campus of Bellarmine University. Over 200 physical therapists, physical therapist assistants and students of physical therapy attended the conference. On Friday evening, there was a very well attended research symposium with poster and platform presentations. This was followed by a reception with many great vendors and supporters of our profession. At this event, was the much anticipated beer, wine, bourbon, and chocolate taste off between Indiana and Kentucky. Thank you to Brad Shupe, PT, DPT and this committee members for organizing such a fun way for us to support the INAPTA PAC. For those who still had energy, we headed to the PT Pub Night, organized by the INAPTA and KPTA Student SIGS, held in a great location in the heart of the Louisville night life. Saturday was a day filled with a wide range of educational sessions for all clinicians. At lunchtime, INAPTA held their awards luncheon where we were able to recognize those in our state who are promoting our profession. I want to recognize Blair Frye, PT and the INAPTA Conference Committee for all of their work on coordinating a very successful conference.
In early 2019, INAPTA leadership will bring an updated Indiana Physical Therapy Practice Act to the Indiana Legislature. As you might be aware, our current practice act was written in 1957, which makes it over 60 years old, no longer reflecting contemporary practice. Over the past year, the INAPTA State Legislative Committee has been working hard on amendments aligning with the Model Practice Act put out by the Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy (FSBPT). Each one of you has the potential to help us move this legislation forward. You will have the opportunity to hear more about the practice act at an upcoming district meeting. Please click HERE to locate a meeting near you. I will be attending each of these meetings and look forward to meeting you to hear how we, as the leadership of INAPTA, can continue to serve our profession in Indiana.
SAVE THE DATE – INAPTA is planning a 2019 PT Day at the Statehouse on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, so please put that on your calendar. We hope to see over 600 PTs, PTAs, and Students of Physical Therapy there so the Indiana Legislature can appreciate how updating the IN Physical Therapy Practice Act will allow us to better serve Hoosiers.
I look forward to meeting many of you over the next few weeks as we build momentum toward the 2019 legislative session.
Emily Slaven, PT, PhD, INAPTA President