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Registration is open! Early bird, individual and group. 

The GTA Rehab Network invites clinicians, policy and management professionals, researchers, and students to share the newest and best practice initiatives and research in any area of rehabilitation at our annual Best Practices Day conference on May 25, 2018 at the Chestnut Centre in downtown Toronto.

This year's conference theme is translating best practices into action, by:

  • Closing the evidence to practice gap in rehabilitative care
  • Operationalizing new practices and implementing change management strategies tailored to local contexts
  • Balancing fiscal constraints with best practices in rehabilitative care and creative solutions

Conference Presentations

Opening Keynote Speaker

Jaisa Sulit
Non-Judgemental Attention - A Universal Best Practice

Jaisa Sulit, BPHE, BEd, MScOT
Occupational therapist, patient, mindfulness coach, published poet and author of "Purpose in Paralysis: From Chronic Pain to Universal Gain".



Closing Keynote Speaker

Lynne Sinclair
How Teamwork Really Can Improve Patient Care: Best Practices in Interprofessional Collaboration

Lynne Sinclair, BSc (PT), MA (Ad Ed)
Physical therapist, educational consultant, Innovative and External Development Lead (Centre of Interprofessional Education), and assistant professor (University of Toronto, Department of Physical Therapy).



Concurrent Presentations

Morning Sessions

Session A

SMART: Living the Assess and Restore Vision - One LHIN's Journey

Presenters: Patricia Ford, RN-EC BA(N) MHSc CGNc & Kim Young, BAH BHSc.OT OT Reg.(Ont.)

Session B

A Needs-Based Approach to Rehabilitation Capacity Planning 

Presenter: Matthew Meyer, BSc PhD

Session C

To be announced

Afternoon Sessions

Session A

Bruyere Path to Home Passport - Have You Got Your Passport? 

Presenter: Harvinder Singh, BSc.PhM PharmD, RPh

Session B

From Bedside to Boardroom: Exploring Patient Engagement Opportunities in Rehab 

Presenters: Jennifer Shaffer, PT MSc(RS), Siobhan Donaghy, BScOT MSc(RS) OT Reg.(Ont.) & Paul Kocher, BMath CPA CA

Session C

Putting Practice First: Connecting Professional Practice with Strategy, Quality and Financial Health in a Rehabilitative Setting 

Presenters: Shawn Brady, BScPT MSc & Kathryn Walford


Rapid Podium Presentations

1. Using the Functional Independence Measure in Inpatient Rehabilitation to Evaluate Health Equity Related to Language, Country of Birth and Self-Identified Race/Ethnicity 

Presenters: Laura Forma, BSc. OT, OT Reg.(Ont.) & Tim Pauley, MSc

2. Co-Creating a Model of Care with Clients and Families: Co-Development of an Interprofessional Model of Care that Supports Clients with High Complexity and Cardio Respiratory Care Needs 

Presenters: Anthony Danial, PharmD & Kim Krog, BScN MScN CRN(c)

3. The Standardization of Best Practice Implementation within the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit by Identifying the Barriers and Enablers to Practice 

Presenter: Natalie Madramootoo, RN BScN CCRN

4. The Importance of Clinical Champions in Quality Improvement (QI) Work: An Example of Improving Access to Outpatient (Op) Rehab Post-Stroke 

Presenters: Pamela Rahn, M.H.Sc. SLP(C) reg. CASLPO & Stacey Williams, M.Sc.(OT) OT Reg.(Ont.) MHM

5. Driving Post-Stroke: An Organizational Effort to Standardize 

Presenters: Diana Sondergaard, M.Sc OT Reg.(Ont.), Janine Theben, Msc (OT) OT Reg.(Ont.) & Dana Lesko, HBOR (Th. Rec)

6. Experiences with Using a Modified Blaylock Discharge Planning Risk Assessment Screening Tool (Brass) to Predict Discharge Needs and Facilitate Timely Community Transitions for Stroke Patients in a High-Intensity Rehab Setting 

Presenters: Megan Wormald, PT BSc PT MEd & Karl Wong, PT BHSc PT MHSc

The People's Choice Award Competition

These awards recognize the high quality work presented at the conference and favourites as selected by delegates. The awards honour the work presented in both rapid podium presentations and poster displays. Five People's Choice Awards will be presented to:

  • The top rapid podium presentation
  • The top three posters
  • The top student poster

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