“Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.”
Like this Chinese proverb, physiotherapists and clinic owners know how important it is to keep yourself learning, growing and connecting to new ideas and people. When we can all gather together in one location as one community—well, we multiply this learning immeasurably.
The physiotherapy community from across Canada gathered on May 26th to 28th at the Victoria Conference Centre for the Canadian Physiotherapy Association’s Congress. This multi-faceted, three-day conference proved an incredible opportunity to connect, learn and network with other physiotherapists and physiotherapist assistants from across the country.
For those who attended, the Congress app made it easy to organize your time, without a ton of papers to lug around—and at Innocare, we’re all for going paperless! The app was a free way to create a personalized schedule, network with attendees through a chat function, access maps (so you didn’t look like a tourist downtown Victoria), get your voice heard through live polls and Q&A, and view speaker profiles to brush up on backgrounds and topics before they took the stage.
Each day brought new speakers to the podium, including a keynote address by four-time Olympian and businessman, Simon Whitfield, who is one of the most accomplished Canadian athletes and the co-founder of Relentless Pursuit Partners, a business dedicated to active, healthy living.
Another highlight from the podium was a lecture by Paul Stratford, one of Canada’s leading physiotherapists and a pioneer in evidence-based practice. A prolific author, Paul has been published in 174 peer-reviewed publications and is known worldwide for his work in the clinical application of outcome measures and measurement properties.
Also presenting was Dr. Ewa Roos, Professor and Head of Research Unit for Musculoskeletal Function and Physiotherapy at University of Southern Denmark, who explore her research on the importance of exercise to overcome pain, increase physical activity and improve health through aging.
Along with her acute care physiotherapist, Darbi Aitchison told her incredible story of how she went from an active sailor, soccer player and young woman in her twenties to suffering in a hospital with the sudden and severe symptoms of Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Determined to make her condition more than just survivable, Darbi spent almost eight months in various hospitals using physiotherapy, positivity, and interdisciplinary care to achieve her remarkable goal.
To complement all the happenings this year, they offered four pre- and/or post-Congress courses for additional learning, including Specific Training to Improve Locomotion: The Bobath Concept; Teaching Development Workshop for Providers of Continuing Professional Development; Learn, Lead, Achieve: PT Mastermind Workshop to Advance Your Business and Practice Skills; and Principles of Assessment and Management of Pain in the Older Adult.
Carson Hall in the Victoria Conference Centre became home to more than 700 physiotherapy professionals. It was an opportunity to network with the physiotherapy community, as well as meet sponsors and exhibitors from across the country that were showcasing their products and services.
Innocare was there, talking to clinic owners about our innovative software, marketing, network and more. Plus, those who stopped by our booth entered our draw, with one lucky winner walking away with a brand new Apple Watch!
Ready for next year
Missed out this year? There’s always 2017, which promises another opportunity to join the Congress crowd. Plus, this year’s app gave participants the chance to provide feedback on the different elements of each day, ensuring that next year’s conference gives you more of what you need to meet your peers, expand your learning and make new connections with the latest products and services from the physio community.
Hope to see you next year!