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News - 2019 in Advocacy

August 2019

  • Staff met with staff from the Australian Physiotherapy Association to learn more about their career pathways framework

July 2019

  • Recently, certain extended health benefit (EHB) insurers have delisted physiotherapists and physiotherapy clinics due to their orthotic prescription and dispensing practiceClick 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.
  • 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.


June 2019

  • 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 

May 2019

  • 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.

April 2019

  • 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.

March 2019

  • 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.

February 2019

  • 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.

January 2019

  • 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
  • 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. 


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