PABC’s 2017 public awareness campaign #PhysioCanHelp launches today to spread the message message that the work of physiotherapists enhances patients’ lives every day. We know that physiotherapy treats so much more than just musculoskeletal conditions, and we want to make sure that the Physio Can Help message comes through loud and clear to British Columbians. Our profession provides treatments and preventative interventions for a myriad of injuries and conditions, unfortunately the general public does not associate physiotherapy with a broad range of conditions.
The Physiotherapy Association of British Columbia's fifth position paper in advance of the provincial general election scheduled for May 9 is entitled BC's Opioid Crisis: How Physio Can Help with non-pharmacological management of pain. The paper is in response to the soaring number of drug deaths in the province in recent years.
Our fourth position paper was released today in advance of the May 9 provincial election, entitled Physiotherapy Can Help Reduce BC’s Rising Health Costs. This paper examines rising healthcare spending in BC, and proposes ways physiotherapy can provide cost-effective treatment.
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.
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.