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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 3, 2019 at the Chestnut Centre in downtown Toronto.

The conference theme this year is Rehabilitative Care: Rising to the Challenges:

  • Addressing cognitive and mental health needs of patients in rehabilitation
  • Understanding patient and caregiver experiences of Alternate Level of Care
  • Creating high performing interprofessional teams and organizations

Click HERE to download the full program.

Keynote Presentations

Opening Keynote Speaker

David Conn
The 3 Ds (Dementia, Delirium and Depression): Impact on Rehabilitation for Older Adults

David K. Conn, M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O., FRCPC
Vice President of Education, Baycrest Health Sciences; Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of Toronto

This presentation will focus on the impact of dementia, delirium and depression on the care and rehabilitation of older adults. The 3 groups of disorders will be briefly outlined, including assessment and management approaches. Challenges and approaches to promote optimal recovery, with a focus on rehabilitation settings, will be considered.

Closing Keynote Speaker

Kerry Kuluski
From Alternate Level of Care to Person Centred Care: Perspectives from Multiple Stakeholders

Kerry Kuluski, MSW, PhD
Scientist, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Sinai Health System; Assistant Professor, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, University of Toronto

Hallway medicine is a key quality care issue faced by health systems worldwide. How do we support people as they transition from one sector of the health care system to another? What can we learn from the experiences of patients, caregivers, providers and decision makers on this issue? What might be in store in Ontario and what implications does this have for care providers? This presentation will provide an overview of Alternate Level of Care experiences from urban and rural parts of Ontario, detailing the lived experiences of patients and their family as well as care providers and managers who find themselves working within an increasingly constrained health care system.


Conference Presentations

Morning Concurrent Sessions

Session A

Transformational Leadership, Design and Practice: How to Build a Culture of High Performance

Presenters: Shawn Brady, Kelly ToughAnna Maria Sneath - Providence Healthcare/Unity Health Toronto

Session B

System Transformation through Innovation in Community Rehabilitation: Using WatLX™ Patient Experience measure to Incite Change

Presenters: Eileen Keogh, Lisa Warner, Katie Churchill - Alberta Health Services

Session C

Primary Care Rehabilitation Network in the Toronto Central LHIN 

Presenter: Emily Stevenson - Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

Session A

Home Independence Program (HIP): An Initiative under Assess and Restore for Senior's Rehabilitation Care to Achieve Independence 

Presenters: Archana Arun, Aruna Mitra - Central West Local Health Integration Network

Session B

Bundled Funding Model for People Receiving Total Hip and Knee Replacements - Utilizing Guidelines and Learning from Our Patients 

Presenters: Paula Gilmore, Jason Graham, Randi Stokes, Dana Vanderaa - Bluewater Health

Session C

Pilot of Early Supported Discharge Model for Stroke Patients in Huron Perth District of the South West LHIN 

Presenters: Lyndsey Butler, Bonita Thompson, Alexander Smith, Margo Collver, Matthew Meyer - Southwestern Ontario Stroke Network


Rapid Podium Presentations

1. Connecting the System for Medication Safety: Sharing Electronic Health Record Access to Improve Medication Reconciliation on Transition

Presenters: Amy Hu, Krista Keilty, Tomasz Czarny, Jimmy Fung, Nathan Ho, Marina Strzelecki - Holland Bloorview Rehab

2. A Dysphagia Best Practice Model of Care for Head and Neck Cancer Patients: A Speech-Language Pathology (S-LP) Led Demonstration Project 

Presenters: Andrea Gomes, Lisa Durkin, Jolie Ringash - University Health Network-Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

3. Transitioning Seniors Home - From In-Patient Rehabilitation Units to Community Living 

Presenter: Alanna Weill - Baycrest Health Sciences

4. The Benefits of Group Physical Therapy in Acute Care 

Presenters: Samantha Hamilton, Anna Almeida, Hend Al-Fayez - Halton Healthcare Services

5. Understanding the Role of the Physiatrist and How to Improve the Continuum of Care for Trauma Patients: A Qualitative Study 

Presenters: Lawrence Robinson, Sander Hitzig, Lesley Gotlib Conn, Sara Guilcher, Stephanie Cimino - Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre-St. John's Rehab

6. Application of Quality Improvement Framework to Reduce Incidents of Aggressive and Abusive Behaviours in an Inpatient Acquired Brain Injury Unit 

Presenters: Nora Cullen, Naomi Abegunde, Karl Gunnarsson, Steven Orenczuk, Davis John - West Park Healthcare Centre

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. Four People's Choice Awards will be presented to:

  • The top rapid podium presentation
  • The top three posters

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