MEMBER NEWS: Great news for PABC with at least 10 new urgent care centres in the next year

B.C. heads forward on team-based health care, where patients are treated by a full team of healthcare professionals and treated in one spot. Physiotherapists, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, mental health professionals, social workers, and others are grouped together in one spot to treat patients.

Physiotherapists welcome two reports released by The Conference Board of Canada

The first two of three reports by The Conference Board of Canada were released on March 28th, 2017, highlighting the shortage of physiotherapists across Canada. As we all work together to improve our healthcare system, these reports show the increasing demand for physiotherapy and the value that it can bring to all Canadians. They also outline some of the gaps that exist.

BC’s Growing Seniors’ Population and Healthcare Costs: Physio Can Help

by Christine Bradstock

Today, the Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia (PABC) released the second in a series of position papers to be published in advance of the May 9 provincial general election.

The topic of our most recent paper is our province’s fast-growing seniors’ population, and specifically how physiotherapy can provide improved and more affordable healthcare for elderly British Columbians. It’s a topic of increasing importance, in large part because the number and proportion of BC residents aged 65 years and older is growing very rapidly.

Physiotherapy Can Reduce Orthopaedic Surgery Wait Times

British Columbians in need of joint-replacement surgery face some of the longest wait times in Canada.

According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI), just 61 per cent of BC patients who require hip-replacements receive treatment within six months of scheduling their operations. The wait is even longer for those British Columbians who need knee-replacements, as just 47 per cent meet the six-month benchmark deadline.