Best Practices Day 2024

Reimagining Rehab: Strengthening the role of rehab in the healthcare system

— May 3, 2024 • Virtual —

The GTA Rehab Network and the Conference Planning Committee are pleased to report that Best Practices Day 2024 was a great success! The virtual conference was attended by 250 delegates from all across Canada.

This year’s conference provided insights on:

  • Rehab as a solution for improving flow in emergency departments
  • Clinical excellence in rehabilitative care for older adults
  • Successful practices to minimize suicide risk
  • Best practices in concussion and TBI care and many more

To access the full program please click here.

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

Our Speakers

Opening Keynote

Rehab as the catalyst for health system change and growth

Rehab is at the face of the community based health revolution. As quality of life, recovery, reintegration become core principles for our health system, rehab poised to lead a disruptive innovation and transformation.

Dr. Adam Kassam

MD MPH FRCPC; Executive Director, Office of Health Innovation & Strategy, Toronto Metropolitan University


Closing Keynote

Rehabilitation in communities: Connecting neighbours

Rehabilitative lens is key to how interprofessional primary care teams can better support older adults and individuals with chronic conditions to live in their neighbourhoods and communities.

Dr. Catherine Donnelly

B.Sc.(OT), MSc, PhD; Associate Professor at the School of Rehabilitation Therapy and Director of the Health Services and Policy Research Institute, Queen's University


Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session A-a: Advanced Practice Physiotherapist – an innovative APProach to care in a tertiary care hospital Emergency Department

Concurrent Session A-b: Improving Flow with ED GO: An Interdisciplinary Pilot Project for Rehabilitation Services in the Emergency Department

Concurrent Session B: Why do Patients Fall in Rehab? A Data-driven, Patient-engaged Rethink of Falls

Concurrent Session C-a: Find publicly-funded, specialized concussion care in Toronto

Concurrent Session C-b: The identification and management of mild traumatic brain injury and concussion in rehabilitation settings: A scoping review and qualitative study

Concurrent Session C-c: The Living Concussion Guidelines: A continually updated tool to optimize adult concussion outcomes

Concurrent Session D: Redesigning the Model of Care of Low Tolerance Long Duration Rehabilitation Program at Runnymede Healthcare Centre

Concurrent Session E: Development and Implementation of Suicide Risk Assessment Project in a Rehabilitation Hospital

Concurrent Session F: From Knowledge to Practice: Clinical Excellence in Rehabilitative Care for Older Adults

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Thank you to our sponsor:

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