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Best Practices Day 2022

Rehabilitative care - moving beyond the pandemic

-- May 6, 2022 --

This year's conference was a great success! It was attended by almost 200 people with delegates attending from across Ontario as well as other provinces (Quebec, Nova Scotia, Alberta and Manitoba).

The conference provided insights on:

  • the impact of COVID-19 across the system from patient, provider and research perspectives
  • resilience and coping among healthcare professionals
  • rehab in remote areas, addressing mental health issues in inpatient rehab, therapeutic falls, transitioning to adult rehab services, strategies used by patients and caregivers, and many other best practices in rehabilitative care. 

Note: Slides and video recordings have been made available to conference registrants only. 

Download a copy of the conference program. 

Our Speakers

Opening Panel

Susie Goulding  

Susie Goulding  Biography
Founder of the COVID Long-Haulers Support Group Canada 

A COVID-19 Long-Hauler patient’s experience navigating the health care system pathways with and without a positive PCR test

Dr. Anna Banerji  

Dr. Anna Banerji  Biography

Insights from a COVID-19 care provider
Dr. Banerji will discuss her experience with the COVID Care Clinic and the long COVID Clinic.  

Jenny Davison  

Jenny Davison (top) • Biography
BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, MSc Professional Health and Social Care

Rachel Tarrant (bottom) • Biography
BSc (Hons) Biosciences & Health, BSc (Hons) Physiotherapy, PG Dip Advancing Respiratory Physiotherapy

Lessons learnt from rehabilitation care pathway implementation: the Leeds Long COVID Community Rehabilitation Service
Sharing our journey from conception to implementation of a rehabilitation service during a worldwide pandemic. Sharing our learning, delivery model and how we continually evolved to meet patients’ rehabilitation needs.

Rachel Tarrant  
Simon Décary  

Simon Décary Biography

Rehabilitation care models for post COVID-19 condition: a systematic scoping review
Simon will review conceptual evidence concerning rehabilitation care model for post COVID-19 condition and present a framework to guide decision makers in designing rehabilitation care models in their local context.

Invited Concurrent Session Speaker

 Dr. Joy Richards  

Dr. Joy Richards • Biography
PhD, RN, FAAN, Professions and Chief Nursing Executive at University Health Network (UHN)

Convergence, Paradox & Provocative Competence: A New Way Forward
This presentation will discuss the need for rapid radical change within our current Canadian health care system and present a new way forward by developing our ‘provocative competence’. Incremental change and old ways of providing care are no longer enough. By embracing and mining the inherent convergences and paradoxes that currently surround us and changing our individual and collective mental mindsets, there is newfound hope. Exciting emergent and sustainable change, restoration of sanity, and shaping a better destiny for our patients and colleagues is in our hands. If not us, who?


Closing Keynote Panel



Dr. Jon Hunter (top) • Biography

Dr. Robert Maunder (bottom) • Biography

How Healthcare Workers and their Organizations can Support Resilience
and Coping
This session will address the sources of strain for healthcare workers via a review of the literature and survey data from one institution. It will review models of care and intervention that can augment health care worker resilience.



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