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The Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) is diligent in its efforts to help physiotherapists make real and lasting contributions to the health of Canadians.
- The 43rd federal election is finally over and a new parliament is preparing to take their seats in the House of Commons. Justin Trudeau was re-elected with a diminished mandate of 157 seats (170 seats are needed to hold a majority). He will now need to rely on support from other parties to enact his legislative agenda. Andrew Scheer's Conservative Party elected 121 members while the Bloc Québecois came third with 32 seats. The NDP fell to 24 with the Green Party picking up a seat for a total of three in the House of Commons.
- The CPA will be gearing up its advocacy efforts with the new Parliement to let MPs and staff know that health care needs to be a top priority for them during this mandate. Too many Canadian rely on a health care system that does not provide enough funding for the evidence-based results physiotherapists deliver. First will come a new Cabinet with the possibility of new faces in key portfolios for the CPA, such as Health; Seniors; and Treasury Board. We will be immediately reaching out to those new Ministers and their Parliamentary Secretaries to congratulate them and to offer a briefing on CPA's priorities.
- We will also be reaching out to both new and returning MPs who have a background in physiotherapy or who hold key positions on standing committees to let them know that we want to work with them on building a health care system that serves the needs of Canadians. Standing committees will see increased prominence with committee members coming from the Liberals, Conservatives, NDP and Bloc. They will have the ability to influence important public policy and legislation, requiring all parties to be aware of CPA’s priorities. This will all be building toward our lobby day in May.
- We have heard from members that access to physiotherapy is a top priority. We agree and will be proposing student loan forgiveness for young physiotherapists working in rural and remote communities to help address this issue. As well, we will be actively advocating to the Treasury Board that barriers for federal public servants to accessing physiotherapy need to be removed from their health plan. Federal workers are found in every province across the country and helping them see a physiotherapist more easily benefits them, our members and the health care system as a whole. We look forward to reporting back to you on these priority issues.
- We know that many of these issues are complex and need coordination with other stakeholders to make progress, so we have been maintaining our own relationships in the health care sector. JP Cody-Cox and Melissa Anderson attended meetings with many other health care organizations and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association to push for CPA priorities and see if there are possibilities for collaboration among other members.
We’ve also been on the road, coming to members across the country to ensure we are hearing from them and incorporating their views into our advocacy work. Melissa Anderson attended the Sport Physiotherapy Canada Concussion Symposium and met with members of SPC’s Concussion Working Group. Concussions in sport was an issue in the last Parliament with a subcommittee studying the issue and developing a report. The CPA will be monitoring whether the government plans to take action on the report’s recommendations.
With the new Parliament, there will be a flurry of activity to ensure both existing and newly elected MPs understand the role of physiotherapy in treating Canadians. A new mandate means nearly 100 fresh faces that will need to understand and engage with us to advance our priorities. It will be a busy time over the coming months to set up a successful advocacy foundation for the 43rd Parliament.
- CPA is pleased to provide you with an update on the latest news from the Canadian Pain Task Force (CPTF). Several activities are underway or in develpment, most importantly the first in a series of three reports has been released: Chronic Pain in Canada: Laying a Foundation for Action. The first report is an outline of how chronic pain is currently addressed in Canada. Next steps include a national consultation to identify best and leading practices in pain management, and dissemination of this information to key stakeholders.
- The eight-member task force was established by Ginette Petitpas-Tayler, Canada's Minister of Health, in March 2019. CPA's Melissa Anderson is a member of this task force and is pleased to bring the physiotherapy voice to the table. The work of this task force will be guided by a 17-member external advisory panel with wide-ranging experitse and experience. Work continues until December 2021, with the release of two additional reports, one for each component of its mandate. Please reach out to Melissa Anderson with any questions.
Staff met with staff from the Australian Physiotherapy Association to learn more about their career pathways framework
- Recently, certain extended health benefit (EHB) insurers have delisted physiotherapists and physiotherapy clinics due to their orthotic prescription and dispensing practice. Click here for the full discussion.
- Compiled information from the Think Tank held at CPA’s Forum on Healthy Aging, and delivered a message to both the Minister of Health and the Minister for Seniors to explain physiotherapy strategies to promote healthy aging
- Attended Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century meeting to finalize the election playbook documents. These will be available for CPA members prior to the fall’s election.
- The Canadian Pain Task Force released its first report entitled Chronic Pain in Canada: Laying a Foundation for Action. CPA’s Melissa Anderson is a member of the task force. https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/corporate/about-health-canada/public-engagement/external-advisory-bodies/canadian-pain-task-force/report-2019.html
- Members of CPA staff met with Lowana Williams from the Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) to discuss the work that is being done to support Indigenous Health in both Australia and Canada
- CPA participated in a working group made up members of the Extended Healthcare Providers Coalition (EHPC) and the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) to discuss issues related to extended health benefit programs.
- CCPH21- Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century, of which CPA is a member, met to discuss the materials that are being created in advance of the fall election. These materials will be available to CPA members through our website in early fall.
- CPA attended the Parliamentary Health Research Caucus to participate in discussions related to health research in Canada.
- CPA staff prepared and delivered an Advocacy 101 training session at Forum 2019 in Charlottetown.
- The Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management (CSEPM) released its final report on June 19. The full report can be found here
- Attended the kick-off reception for SKIP - Solutions for Kids in Pain, at the Senate of Canada.
- Working with our Government Relations firm to analyze the results of the advocacy priority survey (sent to component leaders and members).
- Attended the Canadian Pain Task Force meetings.
- Represented CPA at the WCPT General Meeting on 8 May 2019 in Geneva.
- Attended the Women’s Health and Health Research in Canada: sex and gender-based analysis reception on May 15th.
- Attended the federal government's Opioid Response Partners - Quarterly meeting.
- Participated in "Federal Election Strategies for Association Executives" session sponsored by the Canadian Society for Association Executives.
- Attended the Positive Work Environment (PWE) Summit, May 29 and 30, 2019, in Ottawa, Ontario.
- Attended Manitoba physiotherapy association meeting and presented on CPA’s strategic priorities for 2019 and beyond.
- Working with a Government Relations firm to develop priorities for the advocacy program in 2019.
- Advocacy Advisory Group formed and advocacy survey sent to our component leaders.
- Attended Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) presentation on “The Politics of Pharmacare.” Presenters discussed how a national pharmacare plan could impact current extended health care benefit programs.
- Participated in Pharmasave’s symposium and tradeshow in Toronto. CPA discussed the importance of non-pharmacological alternatives to pain management.
- Canadian Health Minister, Ginette Petitpas Talyor, announced the creation of a national pain task force to address the needs of those living with chronic pain. In recognition of the role that physiotherapists play in supporting those with chronic pain, Melissa Anderson was appointed to this task force. For more information click here
- #30REPS 2019 comes to a close. You can catch up on all 30 blog posts about the work of CPA in the areas of Advocacy, Professional Practice and Advancement here
- Participated in OPA’s think tank forum and exhibit hall during InterAction.
- Met with Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and representative from Health Canada - Jordan's Principle project.
- Presented to Canadian Health and Life Insurance Association (CLHIA) Members on issues related to extended health benefits and physiotherapy.
- Attended Organizations for Health Action (HEAL) meeting.
- Attended Extended Healthcare Providers’ Coalition (EHPC) to discuss issues related to extended health benefits.
- Core professional values: Survey #3 is launching mid-March. Keep an eye out for an email in your inbox. This is your chance to have your say!
- Extended health benefits: CPA has been meeting with various partners in the extended health care benefits industry on various topics of concern to our members.
- Opioid response partners: CPA continues to be involved in the opioid response teleconferences to look for solutions in the opioid crisis.
- Concussion: The Canadian Physiotherapy Association has applied to appear before the Health Committee in the House of Commons. The Committee has formed a sub-group focused on Sport-related Concussion in Canada. The purpose of the presentation will be to inform the members of the committee on the role physiotherapists play in the management of sport-related concussions, and how physiotherapy can help make sport safer for youth in Canada. Details to follow. For more information, please contact Melissa at MAnderson@physiotherapy.ca
- Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management (CSEPM): The Canadian Physiotherapy Association is a member of CSEPM, and is actively involved in highlighting the need for increased access to conservative pain management prior to the first prescription of opioid medications. The final report of CSEPM is scheduled for release before the end of March 2019.
- Orthotics: It has come to the attention of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association that certain insurance companies have removed physiotherapists as authorized providers of orthotics, while leaving other professions on the authorized list. CPA is advocating directly to the insurance companies looking for resolution.
- Election Playbook: The Canadian Physiotherapy Association is a member of the Canadian Coalition for Public Health in the 21st Century (CCPH21) and is participating in the Election Playbook working group. This group is creating resources for our members to use to inform themselves of public health issues leading up to the federal election in the fall of 2019.