Who are we, and where are we going?

These questions are literally the kinds of things that keep me going.  How do we, or should we, define physiotherapy not only in 2016 but looking forward 10 or 20 years.  It's not a stretch to suggest that the profession will look different 20 years from now than it does today, but what becomes a bigger challenge is foretelling that future accurately (my crystal ball currently doesn't work).  We can certainly look at trends and those may be the best hints we've got at what's coming down the pike (which I've recently done on my lab's website over at www.pirlresearch.com, please join in that conversation).  But while I can sit in my office, talk to friends and colleagues at the uni or on the phone, I hold a firm belief that the best people to provide a glimpse of both the threats and opportunities facing the profession in the not distant future are those who live it every day - the front line clinicians in Canada.  This is a big part of the stimulus behind the Physio Moves Canada project - the goal being a sort of shared reflection and journey of self-discovery, not just my own but the profession's.  I certainly don't profess to have all the answers (or frankly, any of them), instead I'm bringing my skills of critical thinking, qualitative and quantitative empiricism, and facilitating communication on the road to engage directly with clinicians in their own environments, to capture their views and also what they're doing now to prepare us for whatever the future looks like.  So I hope you'll join me on this journey - send us a quick note describing your thoughts on the future or even invite us to come visit you during the road trip next summer.  While I'm optimistic for what the future holds for our profession, I also believe that we are currently standing at a critical period in our profession's development and that we need to be preparing now for whatever's coming next.