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.
Starting physiotherapy after cancer – or any major illness or injury – can make a remarkable difference in recovery. It has for Darren, a bright young boy and football player from Surrey B.C. who began physiotherapy with PABC member Chiara Singh, clinical supervisor for physiotherapy at Surrey Memorial Hospital, after his surgery and chemotherapy for a brain tumour. This is their story.