facilitate communication and relationships between the WPTA and the physical therapy education programs in Wisconsin
facilitate and coordinate bylaw revisions at the district and chapter level
plan, promote, and present chapter conferences in coordination with the executive director and the local planning committee
process ethical complaints against members and serve as a resource to members regarding legal and ethical practice issues
WPTA seeks to promote the highest standards for physical therapy practice. All WPTA members are expected to maintain and promote ethical practice. If an individual notes any conduct by a physical therapy practitioner, which appears to be unethical, incompetent or illegal, that conduct must be reported. There are two mechanisms for reporting concerns. Ethics concerns against WPTA members can be brought to the WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee.
Violations of the Wisconsin Practice Act by any physical therapists (WPTA members or non-members) can be brought to the attention of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing.
I. How does the Ethics Committee work?
Who are the members of the Ethics Committee?
The WPTA Chapter Ethics Committee (CEC) consists of three WPTA members elected by the membership to process complaints against members of the chapter and also to stimulate awareness of ethical issues within the Chapter. Current members of the CEC are:
How do I register a complaint?
A complaint that a member has been in violation of the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice is made in writing to the Chapter President. The President reviews the complaint to determine if the complaint contains a clear and concise statement of facts that constitute the alleged unethical conduct. A frivolous complaint is one that does not clearly involve ethical allegations. Upon receipt of the complaint, a copy is forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee and assigned a new case number. IF the complaint indicates a crime that is classified as a felony or any crime that is punishable by imprisonment for six months or more, the member is suspended from APTA membership until the next meeting of the Judicial Committee, at which time a review will take place. The Chapter President refers the bona fide complaint to the CEC who appoints an investigator to perform a comprehensive review of the circumstances. The reviewer prepares a file and submits the file to the CEC. The CEC then determines to a. dismiss the complaint, or b. notify the respondent of his/her right to a hearing. The respondent has the right to appear before the hearing in person to present and examine witnesses and evidence. The conclusions and recommendations of the CEC are forwarded to the APTA Judicial Committee.
The respondent may request a hearing or submission of written testimony at the next meeting of the APTA Judicial Committee. The final decision of the Judicial Committee may be to approve the recommendation of the CEC, modify the recommendation of the CEC or remand to the CEC with appropriate directives.
If you have any questions or concerns relating to the Code of Ethics or Standards of Practice, please contact one of the WPTA CEC members or contact email@example.com.
II. How do I register a complaint regarding a potential violation of the Wisconsin Practice Act?
The mission statement of the State of Wisconsin, Department of Regulation & Licensing is to provide professional, quality services to members of occupations and professions regulated by the state in order to safeguard consumer health, safety and well-being.
If you feel a physical therapy practitioner is in violation of the Wisconsin State Practice Act, please contact the
prepare annual budget, monitor expenditures throughout the year, and recommend appropriate investments to the BOD
The WPTA values the health and wellness of the citizens of Wisconsin and supports wellness programs led by physical therapists.
The WPTA seeks the assistance of its membership for grassroots initiatives to promote physical activity in the citizens of Wisconsin. The attached Health of Wisconsin District presentation shares the history and current status of the WPTA Health and Wellness Task Force. Watch for future updates at WPTA district and state meetings. To see how you can get be a spark in the WPTA and Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 movement, please go to http://www.dhs.wisconsin.gov/hw2020/index.htm.
preserve and expand the practice of physical therapy to meet the needs of the people in Wisconsin
monitor and influence policies and procedures to obtain reasonable MA regulation and reimbursement for physical therapy services
Present the best slate of candidates to the membership and conduct elections
Promote physical therapy and WPTA members to the public, other health care colleagues, and to members of the WPTA
educate members and third party payers about reimbursement for physical therapy services
The purpose of the committee is to promote research and evidence-based practice which is part of the APTA’s Vision 2020. The mission of the committee related to the WPTA mission goals is to promote and disseminate Research to the WPTA members. The Research Poster Session held annually at the WPTA Spring conference encourages presentation of work from students from the various PT and PTA schools as well as from any other physical therapist. Posters can be submitted in the areas of research, case study/case report, special interest or literature review. The number of posters continues to grow each year. Additionally, the committee deals with Research related issues and encourages all aspects of research.
Congratulations to the 2013 Student Research Poster Winners
The poster session at the Spring 2013 WPTA Conference was again a success. This year posters were presented by students and faculty from Carroll University, Marquette University, University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Onsite judging of the posters continued and the following student posters were awarded top honors:
In the Case Study Category:
1st place – Effect of a homemade laser pointer feedback tool on kinematics of gain in a subject with Parkinson’s Disease. (Miller, Relly, VanZee, and Starsky; Marquette University).
2nd place- Use of neuromuscular electrical stimulation to alter kinematics of running in a heel striker. (Dietrick, Gregg, Manso, and Starsky; Marquette University)
In the Applied Science Category:
1st place- Web-based therapeutic exercise resource center as a treatment for knee osteoarthritis. (Wille, Brooks, Beaulieu, Severson, and Heiderscheit; UW-Madison)
2nd place – Hip flexor fatigue following submaximal concentric contraction and walking function post stroke. (Oullette, Rybar, Kuhnen, Walker, Schmit, Hunter and Hyngstrom; Marquette University)
In the Basic Science Category:
1st place – Identifying a developmental trajectory of backward stepping across the first year of life: Clinical implications for work with infants. (Perez, Kolar, Riordan, and Moerchen; UW-Milwaukee).
2nd place – Pain inhibits pain: The impact of age. (Coate, Hoffmesiter, Lemley, and Bement; Marquette University)
Thank you to the students, faculty, judges, and conference attendees who made this poster session a success!
Victoria Moerchen, PT, PhD
Chair, WPTA Research Committee