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We are PT!

January 12, 2020

Have you seen this inspiring video from the Ontario Physiotherapy Association? We are PT!

Call for Focused WCPT Symposia

December 31, 2019

Call for Focused WCPT Symposia


The call for focused symposia is now open. This is your opportunity to be involved in one of the key sessions at congress. The sessions include high profile speakers, draw large audiences, and aim to create insightful and engaging learning experiences that ultimately inform, inspire, involve and empower delegates. Lasting 1.5 hours, each symposium is organized by a recognized expert in the field who leads a coherent session with 3-4 speakers working together and engaging with the audience to draw out the relevance, challenges, applicability and take-home messages. The submissions should address the topic from an international/diverse perspective by including presentations from a range of countries and preferably from three different WCPT regions.


The submission deadline for focused symposium proposals is January 31, 2020.

All submissions will be notified of the outcome on 26 March 2020.


To access the online submission and download the submission guidelines go to: www.wcpt.org/wcpt2021/programme/call-for-fs


The call is open to any topic relevant to the profession. However, the Congress Programme Committee (CPC) is particularly interested in proposals that address any of the following areas identified through the WCPT congress market research survey: professional challenges across all areas, such as diversity and inclusion, quality assurance, implicit bias, mental health, and well-being, how physical therapy needs to change to address global health issues, such as the demands of an ageing population, the unique contribution of physical therapists in the physical activity agenda, challenging perceptions of pain management across the lifespan and across all fields of practice, innovative approaches to address policy and advocacy issues, such as health system funding, cost-effectiveness and the unique role of physical therapy.

Book Reivew: Robot Music

December 05, 2019

Reviewed by Devonna Truong, RPT

Cancer is a challenging conversation for many, so how do we begin to talk about it with young children? Pain, feelings of discomfort and illness are not our preferred topics of conversation with young children, but Amy and Ruby Peasgood create a safe space for young children to be curious, ask questions and gain more of an understanding about our world. Robot Music is an illustrated book for children and their families that have both been diagnosed with and are affected by Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) and other genetic cancer predispositions. LFS is an inherited genetic predisposition to a wide range of cancers and this book offers insight into the basic concepts surrounding the diagnosis of LFS. This book allows young children to discover more about what a day at the hospital can look like and serves as a playful introduction to some of the harder conversations ahead for a child diagnosed with LFS through the exploration of good friends Rosie and James.

In Robot Music, Rosie and James go on a lively adventure together through the hospital where they share and learn about each other’s experiences with cancer and LFS. It highlights real feelings associated with hospital visits, waiting rooms, needles and the big, dreaded, robot-music making MRI machine. They learn about each other’s stories as they camp out in the MRI machine with a full stock of snacks and discover more about LFS as they go digging through the hospital treasure chests.

MRIs are often used as a method to screen children at risk for LFS because they are non-radioactive and non-invasive. As a result, a big part of living with LFS results in regular MRI scans for early detection and more successful treatment. Unfortunately, this means a lot of hospital visits, ultrasounds and blood work as well. The development of scan anxiety is often a common reality in living with LFS, which rings true for Rosie, who often feels the imaginary caterpillars wriggling in her stomach. Robot Music is an outlet of empathy and understanding for children as it is sensitive to the difficult feelings and anxieties that many experience.

The book’s foreword is thoughtfully written by Dr. David Malkin, Oncologist at The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. It powerfully introduces the important themes covered throughout the book and relates the real word importance this book serves to address to adult readers. The book also includes a handy “word list” for the bigger, medical words for both young and older people to reference to enhance their understanding.

The authors, Amy and Ruby Peasgood, both live with LFS. Amy was inspired to create this book when three-year-old Ruby started asking questions about cancer and her frequent hospital visits. In 2014, Amy was diagnosed with Stage IV metastatic breast cancer and tested positive for LFS shortly after. She has also been successfully treated for thyroid, lung and skin cancer. Amy now navigates life with LFS and metastatic breast cancer in the company of her beloved family. Ruby is followed at Sick Kids under the Toronto Protocol.

Robot Music offers an enlightening, yet real story that initiates important and necessary conversations that can truly make a difference for a child and their journey through life with an inherited genetic predisposition to cancer and other inherited illnesses. Amy and Ruby are two strong, inspiring ladies who created this book in hopes to help other children and their families through their own insight and stories.

Robot Music can be purchased on Amazon. All profits are used directly to support LFS research and the LFS community!

Recognizing and Treating Clinical Conditions Related to the Pelvic Floor

June 19, 2019

The very last speaker series webinar for the year is this Friday June 21st at 12:00PM EST, "Recognizing and Treating Clinical Conditions Related to the Pelvic Floor" with Uma Ghosh. This webinar was specially designed with all students and new graduates in mind to help build a general foundation for recognizing pelvic floor conditions in clinic, knowing which conditions you can treat, and how to treat them without an internal assessment or referral to a pelvic health PT!

In addition to the topics listed, this webinar will be Q&A Style: you are welcome to submit ANY questions you have about Pelvic Health to whdstudentrep@gmail.com and Uma will answer them during the webinar.

Uma graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Therapy in 2003 and in 2010 completed a Doctorate of Physical Therapy at Boston University. Uma began treating clients with pelvic floor dysfunction secondary to oncological intervention while working in New York at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). During her time at MSKCC, Uma discovered her passion for pelvic health and played an integral role in the development of the Pelvic Health program.
Since relocating to Toronto, Uma has dedicated her efforts to the treatment of both women and men with pelvic floor dysfunction. She currently practices at Lifemark Leslie and Sheppard in North York and is an Adjunct Lecturer for the University of Toronto's Physical Therapy department. This role complements Uma's passion for teaching, mentorship, and increasing knowledge of pelvic health issues.

Sex and Disability Webinar

May 26, 2019

If you didn't get a chance to catch WHD's last webinar, we have another great webinar coming up at the end of May on Sex & Disability. We are so excited to have Natalie Rose as a guest speaker. Natalie holds an M.Sc in Occupational Therapy from McMaster University and a PhD in Rehabilitation Science from the University of Toronto. The focus of her dissertation research was exploring experiences of disability within committed and romantic relationships. Other research interests include; sexuality and disability, the role of rehabilitation in addressing sexuality with clients, and the positive and productive experience of disability. Follow the link below to register. 

May 08, 2019

The Women’s Health Division (WHD) is building our library of resources and is seeking your help! In a recent poll of our members, a significant number were very interested in more access to resources that can be used to educate their clients. As such, the WHD is currently developing a series of infographics for use by our members. The WHD is seeking students interested in developing infographics on various topics, with a $250 cash prize for the best infographic!

Call for Volunteers

June 03, 2019

Are you interested in helping to shape the Women's and Pelvic Health stream at Congress 2020? We are currently searching for volunteers for our Congress Planning Committee. The main task will be to review the research and education session proposals. The volunteer commitment is limited to 2019 with the greatest time requirements being in June, October and November. If you are interested, please submit your bio and 3 reasons why you would like to volunteer for this committee to Nicole at whdresearch@gmail.com  

CPA Healthy Aging Forum 2019

March 30, 2019

Super Early Bird Pricing Ends March 31!

Moving forward, the Early Bird deadline will end May 15


Take advantage of the best price for Forum now!

WHD Sponsored Webinar

March 04, 2019

Clinical Pilates with a Pelvic Health Perspective.

Join Jessica Bergevin, our WHD PR Co-Chair for this 90 minute Webinar on April 24th, 2019. This webinar will teach the foundations of Clinical Pilates, pelvic floor cueing, prenatal techniques, and modifications for specific post-partum considerations such as pelvic organ prolapse, incontinence, and diastasis rectii. Resources will be provided to advocate for the standards of care in pelvic health physiotherapy, including prenatal exercise guidelines, lifelong learning pathways, and recommendations as to when to refer to pelvic floor physiotherapy. 

Special price for WHD members!!!

Free Infection Control Webinar

November 26, 2018

The College of Physiotherapist of Ontario partnered with Public Health Ontario on November 22, 2018 to present a free webinar covering best practices in infection prevention specific to physiotherapists. The College Practice Advisor and a panel of experts held a discussion about the Infection Control and Equipment Maintenance Standard and what’s new and changing regarding infection control for PTs. 

Knowledge translation opportunities for researchers

September 13, 2018

Are you a researcher with interests in physiotherapy and global health?

Are you currently developing an end-of-grant knowledge translation activity that demonstrates the impact of your work?

Are your target knowledge end-users physiotherapists?


If you answered yes to one or all of the questions above, you might be interested in partnering with Physiopedia to help create and deliver you knowledge translation plan/activity. Physiopedia is a UK based charity and a free space to share your research and knowledge with the global physiotherapy community. If you would like to find out more about how we can collaborate with, please click the link below or contact Nicole at nicole@physio-pedia.com

FDA Mandating Vaginal Laser Manufacturers Present Valid Data Before Marketing

August 14, 2018

On July 30, 2018, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released an FDA Safety Communication with the goal of alerting patients and healthcare providers to the fact that the use of energy-based devices (such as radiofrequency or laser) approved to treat gynecologic conditions but are also being used for various vaginal procedures such as vaginal “rejuvenation", symptoms related to menopause, and urinary incontinence may be associated with serious adverse events.

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