Best Practices Day 2023

Optimizing the potential of rehabilitative care

— May 5, 2023, Virtual —

Best Practices Day 2023 — Conference Summary

The GTA Rehab Network and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to report that Best Practices Day 2023 was a great success! The virtual conference was attended by 180 delegates from all across Canada.

The conference provided insights on:

  • Rehab as a solution for optimizing the future of the health system
  • Strategies for managing rehab-specific human healthcare resource pressures
  • Long COVID-19 rehabilitative care framework and workforce toolkit
  • Post-fall pathways in ED, paediatric physiotherapy in rural communities, virtual-reality rehab post-stroke and many other best practices in rehabilitative care

Note: Slides and video recordings have been made available via email to the conference registrants.

Download a copy of the conference program by clicking HERE.


Our Speakers

Opening Keynote

Rehabilitation Practice – Opportunities for Healthy Communities and Health System Transformation

This presentation highlighted the six areas of innovation that underpin the Health Human Resource (HHR) strategy in Ontario. The opportunity to leverage team-based practice to address HHR challenges will be outlined. The presentation will culminate with a call to action on how to further optimize rehabilitation practitioners/practice to create healthy communities.

Dr. Karima Velji

RN, PhD, CHE, FCAN; Chief of Nursing and Professional Practice; Assistant Deputy Minister of Health


Closing Keynote Panel

Optimizing Rehabilitative Care by Addressing Human Health Resources Challenges

The panelists explored concepts of moral distress due to increasing pressures, rehab professional’s value in the post-pandemic system, and clinical insights on key principles to changing models of care in response to HHR challenges.

Dr. Andria Bianchi

PhD, Clinical Ethicist, Centre for Clinical Ethics, Unity Health Toronto


Dorianne Sauvé

CEO, Ontario Physiotherapy Association


Carolyn Freitag

RN, MAMgt, VP Rehabilitative Care, St. Joseph's Care Group, Thunder Bay



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Planning Committee

Dr. Larry Robinson Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre/St. John’s Rehab ~ Chair 
Patricia Dickson Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Allison Freeman University Health Network/Toronto Rehab
Helen Johnson Ontario Health – West ~ Chatham region representative
Alin Khodaverdian Humber River Hospital
Charissa Levy GTA Rehab Network
Martha McKay Sinai Health System/Hennick Bridgepoint Active Healthcare
Sanja Milicic Iafrate GTA Rehab Network
Melissa Monardo Lakeridge Health
Manny Paiva St. Joseph’s Health Centre ~ London region representative
Danielle Petruccelli Hamilton Health Sciences ~ Hamilton region representative
Jennifer Shaffer Sunnybrook Health Science Centre/St. John’s Rehab
Whitney Sherman Baycrest Health Sciences
Paula Shing Sinai Health System/Hennick Bridgepoint Active Healthcare