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111, 2018

PHC Connect 2018

November 1st, 2018|Innovation, Professional Development|Comments Off on PHC Connect 2018

In its third year, OPA’s annual Primary Health Care (PHC) Connect event continues to cultivate development of this evolving public physiotherapy access point. On October 19, approximately 30 physiotherapists working in primary health care gathered at the Hamilton Family Health Team (FHT) facility. Having attended all three gatherings to date, [...]

1909, 2018

MY DAD ON PROFESSIONALISM

September 19th, 2018|Innovation, Leadership, Physiotherapy Award, Students, Volunteers|Comments Off on MY DAD ON PROFESSIONALISM

My father was a man of many wise words; most of them were not his, but that didn’t matter. These few have stayed with me as mementos of his way of life: Give what cannot be taken Maybe it’s the simplicity that I like. Or maybe it affirms my [...]

609, 2018

PARTNERSHIPS TO WEATHER STORMS & CHANGE

September 6th, 2018|Advocacy, Association Planning, Leadership|Comments Off on PARTNERSHIPS TO WEATHER STORMS & CHANGE

The border between Canada and the United States running from Little Gold Creek to Campobello is often reported as the longest undefended border in the world. Citizens north and south of the border have lived in relative harmony for the better part of two centuries. There is a high [...]

3108, 2018

THE VALUE OF PLACEMENTS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS

August 31st, 2018|Students|Comments Off on THE VALUE OF PLACEMENTS FOR PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS

Today is my last day in my final placement of the University of Toronto’s Master of Science in Physical Therapy (MScPT) program at the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA). Clinical placements are a required component of all MScPT programs in Canada. Placements provide physiotherapy students with exposure to five week [...]

1408, 2018

INSPIRED TO NOMINATE

August 14th, 2018|Physiotherapy Award|Comments Off on INSPIRED TO NOMINATE

As a physiotherapist (PT) working in an academic setting these last six years I have come to appreciate the impact of saying ‘Thank you’, and not only after a colleague has given a lecture, which has taken countless hours of preparation, reflection and commuting, but also, a proper acknowledgement [...]

2307, 2018

WESTGATE DISTRICT BEACH VOLLEYBALL FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS

July 23rd, 2018|District Event, Students|Comments Off on WESTGATE DISTRICT BEACH VOLLEYBALL FUNDRAISER A SUCCESS

On Saturday July 14, 2018 the Westgate District of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association hosted their annual Beach Volleyball fundraiser in support of the Physiotherapy Foundation of Canada (PFC). We had five teams participate from across the province, including clinics Align Physiotherapy + Sports Clinic, Neurocore, and Performance Physiotherapy & Wellness. [...]

1406, 2018

PT WEEKEND ESCAPE: NEURO 101 COURSE

June 14th, 2018|District Event, Professional Development|Comments Off on PT WEEKEND ESCAPE: NEURO 101 COURSE

PT Weekend Escape: Neuro 101 Course Neuro 101 is a course developed by Jacquie Levy and Wendy Sarsons, co-owners of Action Potential Rehabilitation in Ottawa. Jacquie and Wendy have been practicing physiotherapists for over 20 and 30 years respectively. They have both pursued further training in NDT and Bobath, [...]

1605, 2018

MORE TOOLS FOR THE PT WOUND CARE TOOLBOX

May 16th, 2018|Professional Development|Comments Off on MORE TOOLS FOR THE PT WOUND CARE TOOLBOX

On April 28, 2018, I attended the Wound Care Level 3B workshop in Toronto led by Lindsay Orr, PT and Deidre Drombolis-O’Sullivan, PT, hosted by the OPA and the Canadian Physical Therapy Wound Care Collaborative.  This was a one day skills-based workshop that brought together the information from two [...]

1005, 2018

POLITICAL ENGAGEMENT

May 10th, 2018|Advocacy, Leadership|0 Comments

Ever wonder why suddenly we have the privilege to communicate a diagnoses to our patients and other health care providers? How about the public's direct accessibility to physiotherapy? Why are there so many private insurance companies that currently allow direct billing without a physicians' referral for physiotherapy just like [...]

805, 2018

NEW #PHYSIOHELPSLIVES CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED

May 8th, 2018|Awareness Campaign|0 Comments

OPA launched its year round multi-platform marketing campaign, Pain Face, on April 5, 2018. Building on the previous two years this year’s campaign highlights how physiotherapists can help Ontarians with the pain or discomfort they face due to many different conditions – from asthma to chronic pain, from a [...]

1903, 2018

VOLUNTEERS ARE KEY TO EDUCATION AT INTERACTION

March 19th, 2018|Interaction, Professional Development, Volunteers|0 Comments

Did you know that the Ontario Physiotherapy Association Education Committee consists of three volunteers and one OPA staff person who provides support to the Committee’s work? This group is responsible for selecting the top presenters for the annual OPA conference, InterACTION It is a tall order for this small [...]

1202, 2018

BENEFITS OF PHYSIOTHERAPISTS LEARNING ABOUT WOUND CARE

February 12th, 2018|Professional Development|0 Comments

On Saturday Feb 3, 2018, I attended the Level 2 workshop on Wound Care Principles and Assessment. This was a one day course that reviewed much of what was relayed in the first level, Wound Care E-learning module and then delved into the practical components of evaluating wounds and [...]

3001, 2018

ARE YOU A PTA STUDENT OR PRACTICING PTA?

January 30th, 2018|Physiotherapy Award, Professional Development|0 Comments

Several PTA programs began this January, along with ongoing programs throughout the province. OPA invites all PTA students - from new PTA students to those in their final year, and practicing PTAs to join us for a workshop just for PTAs and PTs. The PT/PTA workshop is hosted by [...]

1812, 2017

AUTO INSURANCE WEBINAR

December 18th, 2017|Professional Development|0 Comments

On December 6, fifty-three people attended the auto insurance webinar delivered by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association and the Private Practice Division. Attendees were given the opportunity to submit questions prior to the webinar that contributed to content delivered and the creation of an FAQ document. Topics covered in the [...]

1112, 2017

OPA BOARD OF DIRECTORS STRATEGIC PLANNING DAY

December 11th, 2017|Association Planning, Leadership, Melanie Konje|0 Comments

On November 25 the OPA Board and senior staff met with Danny Nashman and Catherine Creede of the Potential Group to bring together all the information gathered, and build our new OPA 2018-2023 strategic plan as part of the national collaborative strategic plan. This year our process was intentionally [...]

1711, 2017

LEARNING TO LEAD

November 17th, 2017|Leadership, Melanie Konje, Professional Development|0 Comments

Highlights from two Ontario physiotherapists on CPA's Leadership Forum 2017. Emma Tallman, London District President: My name is Emma Tallman and I am what you might label a “recent grad” physiotherapist. I graduated from Western University’s Master of Physical Therapy program in 2014 and I work in private practice [...]

3110, 2017

COLLABORATING, PLANNING AND CREATING POSITIVE SPACE

October 31st, 2017|Association Planning, Innovation|0 Comments

Once a year the Home Care Advisory Committee (HCAC) and the Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) are fortunate to join forces and collaborate on past and present issues. This fall, on October 28, we met and had a guest speaker from the 519 who presented on LGBTQ health and physiotherapy, [...]

1810, 2017

REFLECTIONS ON OPA’S PRIMARY HEALTH CARE CONNECT EVENT

October 18th, 2017|Association Planning, Professional Development|0 Comments

Like many other professional development opportunities, the PHC Connect event taught me new skills to use immediately in my practice, drew on recent research, and provided a forum for participants to exchange ideas. The PHC Connect event, however, went a step further and helped each of us to reflect [...]

2809, 2017

NEW TO PRACTICE?

September 28th, 2017|Professional Development|0 Comments

OPA recently launched a New to Practice community exclusively for OPA members in their first five years of practice, or new to practicing in Canada and for those who are in their final year of study in their program. The group is hosted on ignitephysio.ca, a free communications platform [...]

1109, 2017

AN HONOUR AND AN UNFORGETTABLE NIGHT

September 11th, 2017|Interaction|0 Comments

Two 2017 OPA Award Winners share their experiences of winning OPA Awards. David White, 2017 PTA Leadership Award Winner: It was a regular workday at Hotel Dieu-Grace Healthcare when I was approached by my colleague, Amy Doiron, who is the OPA Windsor District President. She told me I was [...]

1407, 2017

KITCHENER-WATERLOO DISTRICT HOSTS SUSAN SAFADI

July 14th, 2017|District Event|0 Comments

On Wednesday May 31 the Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) District was fortunate to host Susan Safadi, who is a physiotherapist at Meridian Spine and Joint Physiotherapy in London Ontario. Susan holds a PhD in Biochemistry, is a New Balance fit specialist, and an avid short and long distance runner.  Susan travelled [...]

707, 2017

HELPING PHYSIOTHERAPY STUDENTS

July 7th, 2017|Students|0 Comments

The Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA), with help from second year student representatives, organized PNE information sessions in May and June.  For more than five years now, OPA has organized the sessions at each of the five Ontario universities with physiotherapy programs to help second year students prepare for the [...]

1406, 2017

WESTGATE DISTRICT HOSTS SUCCESSFUL CHARITY VOLLEYBALL TOURNEY!

June 14th, 2017|District Event|0 Comments

On Saturday June 10 at Etobicoke’s Centennial Park the heat was on! Physiotherapists are famed for their dogged competitive spirit, but nothing stokes the fire of competition like a no-holds-barred beach volleyball tournament. The day couldn’t have been nicer. Warm temperatures and a perfect breeze; beaming sunshine, only matched [...]

1306, 2017

WOUND CARE PRINCIPLES AND ASSESSMENT, LEVEL 2

June 13th, 2017|Professional Development|0 Comments

On June 10, fifteen physiotherapists from across Ontario participated in the first offering of the Wound Care Principles and Assessment, Level 2 In-Person Workshop in Toronto. Level 2 is the second component of an evidence based, multi-level education program created by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association in partnership with the [...]

105, 2017

MAY IS NATIONAL PHYSIOTHERAPY MONTH

May 1st, 2017|National Physiotherapy Month|0 Comments

May is National Physiotherapy Month and physiotherapists, physiotherapist assistants and physiotherapy students across Canada celebrate their profession and show how #PhysioHelpsLives in so many ways. With events across the province and the country, National Physiotherapy Month (NPM) is a time to share about the value of physiotherapy and how [...]

2704, 2017

ONTARIO INVESTS IN PHYSIOTHERAPY!

April 27th, 2017|Advocacy|0 Comments

Last week the Ontario government released the 2017-2018 Budget and it included several references to physiotherapist and expansion of programs that promote access to physiotherapy.  Investments involving physiotherapy include: increased funding to inter-professional primary care, community/home care, central intake assessment centres to decrease wait times for total hip and [...]