Our latest issue of Directions highlights the work of Blackbird Physiotherapy: Hand to Shoulder Centre, a private clinic in Nelson, B.C. specializing in hand to shoulder rehab. Three women — Jodi Dool (Certified Hand Therapist and physiotherapist), Christy Macfie (Certified Hand Therapist and occupational therapist) and Dr. Lee-Anne Laverty—are changing the paradigm of what it means to provide collaborative health care.
PABC CEO Christine Bradstock visited Kamloops yesterday to give a press conference and visit media outlets to talk about how #physiocanhelp relieve some of the pressure on our health care services in the province, as well as talk about the third PABC position paper on how Physio Can Help Deliver Primary Care in BC.
Our third position paper in advance of the May provincial election, entitled Physio Can Help: Physiotherapists Can Help Deliver Primary Care in BC, was released today in Kamloops. The paper describes the challenge of implementing primary health care in BC, and offers a solution through the greater utilization of physiotherapists.
Tori Arca is the kind of physiotherapist who, like many in the profession, is always looking for a challenge and to learn and grow. As a new UBC graduate, she started her physiotherapy journey at Surrey Memorial Hospital working on various units including general medical, oncology, acute stoke, high acuity and nephrology. She also had the opportunity to work in the Pain Clinic at Jim Pattinson Outpatient Center.
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.
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.
Naomi Casiro founded NeuroFit BC to allow her to better serve the Parkinson's population. She recognized a need to provide Parkinson's patients with specific exercise programs to help them manage their symptoms, slow down disease progression and live better. NeuroFit BC offers a dedicated, safe place for people with Parkinson's to work out and create community.
In response to the current Canada-wide opioid crisis, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association has prepared a report to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Health, proposing community based interdisciplinary pain management strategies to help improve the lives of Canadians living with pain; reduce the use of opioids through provision of effective treatment options with lower risk profiles; and reduce the burden of pain on the health care system.
The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) was built on the ideals of thinking big and investing in areas that matter to Canadians. The CFI makes financial contributions to Canada’s universities, colleges, research hospitals and non-profit research organizations to increase their capability to carry out high quality research.