The Physiotherapy Association of Yukon's (PAY) goal is to unite its members for their mutual benefit and the benefit of the profession. We strive for the availability of a high standard of care for the public.
PAY represents over 40 member physiotherapists in the Yukon.
A yearly newsletter keeps members informed of happenings in the physiotherapy profession in the Yukon. PAY responds to requests for information from members and non-members. PAY promotes the physiotherapy profession in the Yukon and participates in CPA related activities and issues.
Strategic Plan 2018-2023
The Physiotherapy Association of the Yukon provides leadership and support to CPA members in the Yukon Territory, and supports the Mission of the CPA as the vital partner for the profession; the CPA leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health
Yukon physiotherapists are collaborative, essential and accessible health care professionals who lead in the promotion, improvement, and maintenance of the mobility, health and well-being of Yukoners.
- Cultural diversity
- Accessibility of service
- Client choice, autonomy, and independence
- Collaboration with other health care professionals
- Excellence in practise
- Accountability to member, stakeholders, and public
- Innovation and creative approaches to service provision
- Clear and open communication
- Respect for peers, partners, and public
- Adaptability and ability to respond to changing needs
Value - together we will promote the value of physiotherapy to the public and stakeholders to influence the health system
1. Local Advocacy and Education on the value of physiotherapy to patients, practitioners, and health care decision-makers.
Capacity - together we will enhance our collective organizational value and capacity
2. Communication with PAY members reporting on the progress of CPA Nationally, linking communication amongst members, encouraging feedback from the membership, and supporting member-driven initiatives that align with our mission and vision.
Access - together we will help Canadians obtain greater access to physiotherapy
3. Promote and facilitate access to physiotherapy services (same as National priority)
Excellence - together we champion excellence, innovation, and professionalism in physiotherapy
4. Support professional development specifically related to Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) recommendations and cultural awareness.
Board of Directors
- Liris Smith, President
- Susan Mooney, Past President
- Catherine Fussell, Treasurer
- Alia Pfeiffer, Secretary
We are pleased to report that Physiotherapy Regulation in the Yukon came into effect on April 1, 2007. Thank you to the physiotherapists who volunteered their time and knowledge working on this important project in collaboration with the Departments of Justice, Health and Social Services and Community Services. Yukon physiotherapists are the first health professionals to become regulated under the Health Professions Act. The Regulation ensures that all individuals providing physiotherapy services in the Yukon are accredited professionals.
Find a Yukon Physiotherapist
Whitehorse General Hospital
Outpatient physiotherapy services are provided to clients with orthopaedic, neurological and respiratory problems. UV-B light therapy for skin conditions and a pelvic floor program focusing on incontinence and pelvic pain are also available. Clients with Workers Compensation Claims are generally not seen by our service and should be referred to private physiotherapy services. Clients with Extended Health coverage are encouraged to attend private physiotherapy services. All clients must have a physician’s referral to receive therapy. Since services to all Yukoners is offered, there may be significant wait times.
The Yukon Government employs physiotherapists in the Continuing Care Branch; Home Care; Intermediate Care; Extended Care, and the Department of Education – Special Programs. Therapists work in a multi-disciplinary team setting and provide services to clients in the capital city of Whitehorse and the communities outside of Whitehorse. Physiotherapists in Extended and Intermediate Care are based in facilities (Copper Ridge Place and Macauley Lodge respectively), Home Care provides services in the home setting and Education staff is based in schools. Therapists work with a wide variety of conditions and often collaborate with service providers in the community and larger centres to deliver client-focused care.
Child Development Centre
Physiotherapists at the Child Development Centre provide services to children from birth to 5 years of age throughout Yukon. Assessment, treatment, and follow-up can happen anywhere that is convenient for the family including at home, childcare setting, or the Child Development Centre, for example. Children are referred for physiotherapy for orthopaedics (in-toeing, torticollis, flattening of the head at birth), neurological (cerebral palsy, Down’s Syndrome, muscular dystrophy), respiratory, or general development. The Child Development Centre has an open referral system; most referrals come from parents, nurses, early childhood workers, and daycare providers, as well as physicians.
Physiotherapists in private practice treat patients who may or may not be referred to them by a physician. Following assessment, individual treatment programmes are designed and implemented. Where possible active participation of the patient is strongly encouraged by education on the nature of specific injuries or health conditions, home exercise prescription, suggestions on modifications to activities of daily living, ergonomic changes at the workplace or at home, recommendations for injury prevention and workplace safety.
Private practice physiotherapists treat a diverse variety of health conditions, including: back or neck pain; posture problems; joint or muscle pain of spinal and extremity origin; arthritis; breathing problems such as asthma, chronic bronchitis; rehabilitation following joint replacement; workplace injuries; sports injuries. Treatment may involve the use of various modalities (ultrasound, interferential current therapy, TENS, hot packs, cold packs), exercises for a particular health condition, soft tissue work of muscle stretching, massage and joint-mobilization.
Physiotherapists may work in one or any combination of the following specialized areas: orthopaedics, sports injuries, workplace injuries (WCB), complementary therapies as an adjunct to traditional physiotherapy (craniosacral, healing touch, myofascial release, visceral, medical or anatomically based acupuncture, Gunn intramuscular stimulation, rehab Pilates), and industrial rehabilitation (return to work exercise prescription, functional capacity evaluations, ergonomic assessments).
Treatment is provided on a 'fee for service' basis; that is, the patient pays for the treatment received. However, treatment may be covered under auto insurance plans, workers' insurance plans or other extended health plans (third-party insurers). Contact your employee benefits plan administrator or private health insurance provider to discuss the details.
Physiotherapy Association of Yukon
221-108 Elliot Street