Interaction – OPA’s Annual Conference 2018-07-24T10:38:57+00:00

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Save the Date! Join us for InterACTION 2019 in Toronto on Friday, April 5 – Saturday, April 6, 2019

InterACTION is the Ontario Physiotherapy Association’s annual conference. It is a chance to learn about new evidence and innovations helping you make Ontarians stronger.

Questions about our conference? Email conference@opa.on.ca.


Call for Education and Poster Abstracts

Why InterACTION?
  • With over 300 attendees last year, InterACTION 2019 is a great place to present new and innovative healthcare practices and research.
  • Members attend from all over Ontario spreading your reach throughout province.
  • Sessions are audio recorded giving attendees the chance to continue to learn from your session.
  • Speakers receive a 15% discount to full conference registration.
What to submit:
  • Abstracts for education sessions and abstracts for posters related to original academic research, clinical research, systematic reviews, and innovative special interest projects.
  • Presentations may involve other professionals and providers, consumers, funders or government representatives.
  • Presentations should be related to one of the following conference streams:
    • International/Ethics (new)
    • Practiced Based Research (new)
    • Business/Management
    • Professional Leadership
    • Student/New Grad
    • Education/Mentorship
    • Health Systems and Policy (new)
When to submit:

Education and Poster Abstracts are due September 10, 2018. For more information contact Amanda Smart, Director, Practice, Policy & Member Services.

Click the Call for Education Abstracts Call for Poster Abstracts tabs to find out more and submit your abstract.


Call for Education Abstracts

The Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) invites the submission of abstracts for education sessions at their InterACTION 2019 conference. Submissions from healthcare professionals, consumers, funders and government representatives are welcomed.

The InterACTION 2019 conference will be hosted on April 5-6, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. No honorarium, fees or payment of expenses will be paid for presenters of accepted abstract. Presenters will receive a 15% discount on their conference registration fees.

Please note:

  • When submitting an abstract, all fields need to be completed. Incomplete submissions will be declined and not reviewed.
  • Be succinct in your submission.
  • Submitting both a poster and an education session? Create two separate accounts for the online submission process; use the same email address and password for both if you prefer. Once you first create an account, a password will be emailed which you can change once you have logged in using the assigned password.
SUBMIT EDUCATION ABSTRACT
Key Dates*

Deadline: September 10, 2018 11:59pm EDT- Abstracts must be received by OPA
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Presenters will be notified via email of the committee’s decision
Monday, October 29, 2018 – Accepted abstracts must submit their final presentation description to OPA
Monday, December 3, 2018 – Schedule information for presentation will be sent to designated author
*please note that notification dates are subject to change

For more information, please contact Amanda Smart, Director, Practice, Policy and Member Services 416-322-6866.

Presentations should be related to one of the following conference streams:
  • International/Ethics (new)
    • eg. international health systems, professionalism and practice
  • Business/ Management
    • eg. quality indicators for clinic performance
  • Professional Leadership
    • eg. program development and implementation
  • Student/New Grad
    • eg. Making the most out of social media, career development management
  • Education/Mentorship
    • eg. evaluating clinical internships and opportunities for increased practical experience
  • Practice Based Research
    • eg. rehab sciences masters thesis, MScPT research
  • Health Systems and Policy (new)
    • eg. implementation of the MSK strategy and central intake model for hip/knee arthritis and spine
General Information
  • Education sessions may be up to 1 hour in length. The duration of the session includes a question and answer period.
  • If you select the panel discussion format for the presentation, you do not have to have a full panel formed for the purpose of this submission. Please indicate in your submission whether you would be open to having the OPA Education Committee assist with selecting additional panel participants.
  • The OPA Education Committee reviews blinded versions of abstracts submitted. Following that review process, you may be asked to modify aspects of the presentation, including the duration of your session and/or format of the session.
  • Names and bios of presenters of accepted submissions will published in all program material.
  • Abstracts that are seen to be selling a specific product or are considered to be marketing-related will not be accepted.
  • Presenters will be required to submit their presentation slide deck in advance to be published on the conference mobile app/website for participants to access during the session.  By submitting an abstract, presenters agree to provide a copy of their presentation slides to conference participants.
  • Presenters will be required to sign a speaker agreement.
  • With presenter consent, educational sessions at InterACTION 2019 may be audio-recorded and made available to participants following the event.
  • Images taken during session presentations may also be used for promotional purposes by the Ontario Physiotherapy Association. By submitting an abstract, presenters are open to the possibility that their presentation may be recorded and/or that images taken during the session may be used for promotional purpose by the OPA.
  • If accepted, the presentation must cover the same content and follow the same outline as described in the abstract.
  • You will receive confirmation that your abstract has been received. Deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, September 10, 2019.
Submission Guidelines

Please note, each section of the online form must be completed. You will have the opportunity to revise your submission up until the deadline.

Title of Presentation: The title should be concise and clearly reflect the nature of the session.
Applicable Conference Stream: Please select the most applicable conference stream and use the comment box to indicate other applicable conference stream(s) as needed.
Length of Presentation:  Please select the proposed length of the presentation and use the comment box to indicate if an alternative length would also be appropriate and what the alternative length could be. Please provide a rationale for the length of session.
Presenters: Please list up to five presenters who will be on-site at InterACTION 2019 to deliver this presentation.
Contact: This should be the person submitting the abstract.
Learning Objectives: List up to three learner-centered objectives describing the purpose of the presentation. Objectives should complete the statement: After attending this session participants will be able to…
Target Audience: Please indicate the most applicable audience for this presentation and use the comment box to add any other potential target audiences.
Description of Presentation Content: Provide an overview of the presentation content as it relates to the learning objectives specified. Please note that information about the format of the presentation should be described in Description of Presentation Format.
Relevance to the Physiotherapy Profession: Consider the following question when completing this section: how/why is the information/topic relevant and important to physiotherapy?
Description of Supporting Evidence: Provide an overview of the scientific literature that the topic is based on. Please include at least 3 relevant references. Ensure that someone unfamiliar with the subject area could understand the supporting evidence presented.
Conclusions and Implications: Please briefly describe the main points of the presentation and why it is important for physiotherapists at the conference to receive this information.
Description of Presentation Format: Please indicate the primary format for the presentation (i.e. workshop, panel, etc.). Use the comment box to provide information on alternative formats for this session if required.

Review and Selection Process

Abstracts will be evaluated by the OPA’s Education Advisory Committee through a blind review process and selected based upon predetermined criteria. The abstracts will be reviewed for clarity, completeness of the submission, quality of the project, potential interest to participants, foundation in evidence and relevance to the conference streams. All selections are final.

You will have the opportunity through the application process to identify Education Committee members who you have may have a conflict of interest with. Committee members selected in this section will not be selected to review your abstract.

Please note: Abstracts will be reviewed and printed as submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the abstract is free of spelling and grammar errors.

SUBMIT EDUCATION ABSTRACT
Confirmation of Receipt of Abstracts

Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged upon completion of the online application process. Should you not receive a confirmation email, please contact Amanda Smart, Director, Practice, Policy and Members services.

Deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, September 10, 2018.

Call for Poster Abstracts 

The Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) invites the submission of abstracts for posters at their InterACTION 2019 conference. Submissions from healthcare professionals, consumers, funders and government representatives are welcomed.

The InterACTION 2019 conference will be hosted on April 5-6, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. No honorarium, fees or payment of expenses will be paid for presenters of accepted abstract. Presenters will receive a 15% discount on their conference registration fees.

Please note:

  • When submitting an abstract, all fields need to be completed. Incomplete submissions will be declined and not reviewed.
  • Be succinct in your submission.
  • Submitting both a poster and an education session? Create two separate accounts for the online submission process; use the same email address and password for both if you prefer. Once you first create an account, a password will be emailed to you which you can change once you have logged in using the assigned password.
SUBMIT POSTER ABSTRACT
Key Dates*

Deadline: September 10, 2018 11:59pm EDT- Abstracts must be received by OPA
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Presenters will be notified via email of the committee’s decision
Monday, October 29, 2018 – Accepted abstracts must submit their final presentation description to OPA
Monday, December 3, 2018 – Schedule information for presentation will be sent to designated author
*please note that notification dates are subject to change

Presentations should be related to one of the following conference streams:

  • International/Ethics (new)
    • eg. international health systems, professionalism and practice
  • Business/ Management
    • eg. quality indicators for clinic performance
  • Professional Leadership
    • eg. program development and implementation
  • Student/New Grad
    • eg. making the most out of social media, career development management
  • Education/Mentorship
    • eg. evaluating clinical internships and opportunities for increased practical experience
  • Practice Based Research
    • eg. rehab sciences masters thesis, MScPT research
  • Health Systems and Policy (new)
    • eg. implementation of the MSK strategy and central intake model for hip/knee arthritis and spine
General Information
  • Abstracts may be reports of completed original research or special interest projects.
  • Information should be summarized using brief written statements and graphic materials, such as photographs, charts, graphs and diagrams.
  • Accepted abstracts should be mounted on a poster board measuring 4 ft across and 3 ft tall.
  • Designated times for the poster presentation competition will be incorporated into the conference program. A panel of judges will evaluate the presentations based on a specific scoring criteria to determine the top ranked presentations
  • Poster presenters are expected to be available to discuss their posters with conference participants during the networking breaks.
  • If accepted, the poster must cover the same content as described in the abstract.
  • Please submit your abstracts online. You will receive confirmation that your abstract has been received. Deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, September 10, 2018.
Categories for Poster Presentations

Research Reports

Posters of original scientific data collected by the author(s). Reports must be based upon work already completed. Abstracts for studies which are ‘in progress’ or for which data acquisition and analysis are incomplete or absent will not be accepted. Any established research procedure may be used (e.g., clinical trials, descriptive studies, single-subject designs, qualitative methods, meta-analysis, program evaluation, systematic reviews, clinical practice guidelines, etc.).

Special Interest Reports

Posters of new or unique methods, materials and/or principles developed, used and/or evaluated by the author(s) OR descriptions of innovative ways in which established methods have been adapted to meet the special needs of physical therapy practice or education.

Submission Guidelines

Please note, each section of the online form must be completed before the abstract may be submitted.

Research Reports

Title of Presentation: The title should be concise and clearly reflect the nature of the session
Applicable Conference Stream: Please select all streams that apply and use the comment box to explain your rationale for chosing the stream(s).
Presenters: Please list up to five presenters who will be on-site at InterACTION 2019 to deliver this presentation.
Contact: This should be the person submitting the abstract.
Purpose/Rationale: What is the major reason for doing this study?
Objectives: Defined objectives for the research.
Relevance: How does this study relate to physiotherapy?
Methods and Materials: What research methods were used to collect the data? What materials were included within this methodology?
Analysis: Describe the type(s) of analyses used interpret data.
Results: Briefly summarize the data derived from analyses.
Conclusions: What can be concluded through analysis of data that is important to physiotherapy practice?

Special Interest Reports

Title of Presentation: The title should be concise and clearly reflect the nature of the session
Applicable Conference Stream: Please select all streams that apply and use the comment box to explain your rationale for chosing the stream(s).
Authors: Please list all of the authors on the project.
Presenters: Please list up to 5 presenters who will be on-site at InterACTION 2019.
Purpose: What were the major reasons for developing the new or adapted program, method or theory?
Objectives: Defined objectives of the project/program established.
Relevance: How is this related to the practice of physiotherapy?
Description: What method, materials and principles did the project involve, and how have these been developed and used?
Observations/Critical Assessment: What reactions and responses have you encountered when the program, method, theory or findings have been put to use and/or evaluated?
Conclusions: What is the significance of this work for physical therapy, and what are your suggestions for future work?

Review and Selection Process

Abstracts will be evaluated by the OPA’s Education Advisory Committee through a blind review process and selected based upon predetermined criteria. The abstracts will be reviewed for clarity, completeness of the submission, quality of the project, potential interest to participants, foundation in evidence and relevance to the conference streams. All selections are final.

You will have the opportunity through the application process to identify Education Committee members who you have may have a conflict of interest with. Committee members selected in this section will not be selected to review your abstract.

Please note: Abstracts will be reviewed submitted. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the abstract is free of spelling and grammar errors.

SUBMIT POSTER ABSTRACT
Confirmation of Receipt of Abstracts

Receipt of submissions will be acknowledged upon completion of the online application process. Should you not receive a confirmation email, please contact Amanda Smart, Director, Practice, Policy and Members services.

Deadline for submissions is midnight on Monday, September 10, 2018. 

For more information, please contact Amanda Smart, Director, Practice, Policy and Member Services 416-322-6866.

2019 Award Nominations Open

Every year, members of the Ontario Physiotherapy Association (OPA) recognize the contributions of their peers by nominating them for an OPA Special Award. Nominate a fellow member for one of five OPA Special Awards.

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Venue

Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre

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655 Dixon Rd, Toronto, ON M9W 1J3

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at InterACTION 2019?

Stay tuned for our Sponsorship and Exhibitor Prospectus. Contact Diane at 416-322-6866 xt 227 with any questions or to pre-reserve your exhibit space. Exhibit space is limited!