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.
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.