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

 

September 2018

  • ​​Chantal Lauzon is representing CPA on a working group with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute updating the Safety Competencies.

August 2018

  • Chantal Lauzon is representing CPA on the Safety Competencies Working Group for Domain #2 Teamwork with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute (CPSI)
  • Chantal Lauzon participated in a conversation to inform the palliative care frame work hosted by Health Canada
  • Melissa Anderson is representing CPA: working with the Resident Doctors of Canada to plan a conference on positive working environment in public health care

July 2018

  • CPA has met with several stakeholder groups regarding our advocacy efforts around extended health benefit insurance.
  • Melissa participated in the Canadian Deprescribing Network’s health care provider committee meeting
  • Melissa participated in the Conversation concerning health care professional education to inform the palliative care framework

June 2018

  • Attended HEAL (Organizations for Health Action) meetings on behalf of CPA
  • Attended EHCP (Extended Health Care Provider) meeting to discuss issues related to extended health benefit insurance
  • Met with representative from Fédération des cliniques de physiothérapie du Québec to discuss issues related to extended health benefits
  • Participated in meeting of CSEPM (Coalition for Safe and Effective Pain Management)
  • Completed a health trends analysis of issues identified by provincial/territorial branches

May 2018

  • Met with several extended health benefit providers to discuss access to physiotherapy and delisting of certain providers
  • Attended various provincial/territorial AGMs to provide update on work of CPA and advocacy efforts
  • Participated in the Health Care Provider Committee of the Canadian Deprescribing Network (CaDeN)
  • Met with Animal Rehab Division to discuss changes in certain provincial legislation related to care of animals
  • Participated in planning event with Resident Doctors of Canada to create a summit on Positive Work Environments in Canadian health care
  • Presented at the Opioid Response Partner’s teleconference on CPA’s response toward the commitments made in the Joint Statement of Action on the Opioid Crisis

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