Advocacy

We’re stronger when we work together.

The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) is diligent in its efforts to help physiotherapists make real and lasting contributions to the health of Canadians.

 

ADVOCACY UPDATE

 

April 2018

CPA participated in a webinar on the work of CSEPM (Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management), sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Substance Abuse, on April 19, 2018.  Thank you to Dr. Geoff Bostick of the Pain Science Division for speaking on the role of physiotherapy in back pain and highlighting some of the latest evidence on pain.
 

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the first Core Professional Values survey. We were delighted to have received over 600 responses. The second version of the survey will be circulated in late May and we are looking forward to an even larger response. We have had to change our timing due to various factors.

Pat Miller, PT, PhD; Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, PT, PhD; Chantal Lauzon PT, Senior Practice Manager, CPA
 


March 2018

Thank you to everyone who provided feedback on the first Core Professional Values survey. We were delighted to have received over 600 responses. The second version of the survey will be circulated in late May and we are looking forward to an even larger response. We have had to change our timing due to various factors.

 

Pat Miller, PT, PhD; Vanina Dal Bello-Haas, PT, PhD; Chantal Lauzon PT, Senior Practice Manager, CPA

 

Melissa participated in the Pillars of Change: Priorities for Addressing the Opioid Crisis summit held on March 20th in Ottawa. Meeting participants helped prioritize additional actions that need to take place to address the opioid crisis. Addressing pain management is a critical step in helping to reduce overprescribing of opioid medications.
 

Some members have requested CPA’s help in advocating to insurance companies when claims are denied because physiotherapist assistants (PTA’s) are listed as delivering part of the physiotherapy care. To that end, we have published an open letter to providers of extended health benefit plans explaining that PTAs are an extender of physiotherapy and are an important part of the care model, and as such these claims should be reimbursed. Please find the letter at: https://physiotherapy.ca/sites/default/files/providers_of_extended_health_benefits_programs_english.pdf
 


February 2018

Canadian Deprescribing Network

Melissa Anderson represented CPA at the 2018 National Stakeholder Summit on Medication Safety for Older Men and Women.  This event brought stakeholders from various government, healthcare, and community organizations to promote safer prescribing for seniors. The Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management (CSEPM), of which CPA is a founding member, presented their report on “Reducing the Role of Opioids in Pain Management” to the summit attendees with good response. More information on the work of the Canadian Deprescribing Network can be found at www.deprescribingnetwork.ca