Media Alert - From Disability To Ability


    TORONTO, May 25 /CNW/ -

    Why:            Physiotherapists have a vital and unique role in the
                    health care of Canadians. They're keenly interested in
                    keeping up with the latest research and trends and
                    applying that knowledge to the benefit of their patients.
                    This year's national Congress, Physio9, will showcase the
                    latest in physiotherapy research outcomes, clinical
                    practice, and professional education. It will also
                    provide a lively forum for discussions about the critical
                    issues facing the Canadian health care system.

    Who:            Over 650 physiotherapists from all regions of Canada
                    (including Alberta) who work in hospitals, private
                    clinics, and universities. They bring with them a wide
                    range of expertise on everything from sports injuries to
                    serious chronic diseases. Physio9 is co-hosted by the
                    Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA), the Alberta
                    Physiotherapy Association, and the Orthopaedic Division
                    of CPA.

    What:           Topics include a wide range of health care concerns
                    facing Canadians including injury prevention and
                    treatment, cancer management, and chronic pain; as well
                    as hot issue topics such as barriers patients face, long
                    wait times for joint surgery, and electronic health
                    records. Programming streams include Disability
                    Management, Orthopaedics, and Evolving Roles and
                    Innovations in Practice.

    Where:          Westin Hotel (320 4th Ave. SW) and Metro Convention
                    Centre, Calgary, Alberta.

    When:           Thursday, May 28 to Sunday, May 31

    Registration:   Media are welcome to pre-register by calling
                    Virginia Bawlf at 416-932-1888 (x222) or 647-379-4145
                    before May 28 or visiting the onsite congress Media Room
                    for access to any/all programming and events.

    Thursday, May 28, 5:30 PM  Ballroom - Metro Convention Centre

    Opening Ceremonies

    Come witness the excitement as hundreds of physiotherapists from every
corner of the country gather for one of Canada's most dynamic health care
events of the year. In his opening speech to the delegates, CPA CEO Michael
Brennan will address some of the most important questions facing Canada's
health care system, including how Canadians can receive better care sooner if
artificial barriers to direct patient access are removed. Corporal Paul
Franklin, a medic with the Canadian Armed Forces who lost both his legs after
a suicide bombing in Afghanistan will give the keynote address.

    Friday, May 29, 11:15 AM - Presenters: Oren Cheifetz, Physiotherapist,
    Oncology Program, Hamilton Health Sciences, and Jan Park Dorsay, Nurse

    Let's Get Moving! - The important role exercise plays in cancer

    Evidence shows people with cancer who exercise may have a greater chance
of surviving. They tend to better manage the side effects of chemotherapy,
radiation and hormone therapy than those who don't exercise. However, exercise
safety is important and modifications may be needed for some people. More
education is needed for those who prescribe physical activity to people
diagnosed with cancer. Come and hear about the latest thinking on this
important public health concern.

    Friday, May 29, 11:45 AM - Presenter: Calgary physiotherapist Karen

    Eating Disorders and Exercise Abuse Behaviour - How physiotherapy can

    Excessive exercise in patients with eating disorders like anorexia
nervosa can have devastating consequences. Between 33 percent and 100 percent
of people with eating disorders exercise excessively. If left untreated
exercise abuse can lead to longer hospitalization, earlier relapse, and
chronic outcomes. Yet the treatment of exercise abuse is rarely addressed in
eating disorder programs. Calgary physiotherapist Karen Hurtubise will explain
how a physiotherapy intervention program can help eating disorder patients
change harmful exercise practices, avoid physical impairment, and improve

    Saturday, May 30, 9:15 AM - Presenters: Jennifer Shaffer, St. John's
    Rehab Hospital, Toronto and Aileen Ho

    Video Games in Rehabilitation - High tech toys and injury recovery

    Video games are not only fun, they also are playing a therapeutic role in
the rehabilitation of injuries. It's believed that video games help patients
with their recovery by improving function and making therapy sessions more
engaging and stimulating. Come hear more from physiotherapists doing new
research on the popular Nintendo Wii games.

    Saturday, May 30, 2:15 PM - Presenter: Carolyn Emery, University of

    What makes injury prevention in children and adolescents different?

    Assistant Professor Carolyn Emery of the University of Calgary's Sport
Injury Research Centre will discuss this topic at an Injury Prevention
Roundtable. Other presenters include international experts Paul Hodges and
Grete Myklebust.

    Sunday, May 31, 10:00 AM - Presenter: Rhona McGlasson, Sunnybrook
    Hospital, Toronto

    Reducing Patient Wait Times for Surgery - The Ontario Hip Fracture Model
    of Care

    Long wait times to access hip fracture surgery causes undue suffering and
often leads to poor patient outcomes that for many older people results in
long term care placement or death. It is therefore one of the most pressing
health issues facing Canadians. The Canadian government and Ontario's
provincial government have made a commitment to achieving timely surgery
within 48 hours of admission to the emergency department. In this session find
out how the Ontario Hip Fracture Model of Care is decreasing patient wait
times for surgery and learn about the role for physiotherapists in helping
them successfully return home. This model could be applied to other provinces
and may become an important part of the solution to a problem that will only
increase for the foreseeable future in Canada as the population ages.

    Roundup - What's New in Physiotherapy?

    Over 650 physiotherapists will have been in Calgary this week at a
national Congress. Find out what's new with a roundup interview.
    For the full program, daily overviews, and abstracts visit our website

For further information:

For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: Virginia Bawlf, National Media
Relations Officer, Canadian Physiotherapy Association, (647) 379-4145,
Calgary, (416) 932-1888 (222), Toronto,,; Natalie Bovair, Director, Communications, Canadian
Physiotherapy Association, (647) 238-6962, Calgary, (416) 932-1888 (223),

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