CPA Congress 2014 “Auditor’s Desk” Winner

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The Canadian Physiotherapy Congress 2014 was the best place to meet, learn, and network with physiotherapists from across Canada. OrthoCanada was pleased to be a Silver sponsor this year in Edmonton on June 19-22, 2014.

On Saturday, June 21, the CPA introduced the “Auditor’s Desk” . Loosely based on CBC’s successful series, ‘Dragon’s Den’, 4 delegates proposed their simple and innovative project ideas for improving accessibility to physiotherapy in the community to a panel of ‘Auditors’. Physiotherapist, Stacey Lovo Grona, won the $2000.00 grant and a V-335 Treatment Table donated by OrthoCanada. Congratulations Stacey!

Here is Stacey’s response about using the funding for a pilot  project with the iRobot.  This telemedicine option will offer better access for patients in need of assessments by physiotherapists and medical professionals in rural areas.

Courtesy of Facebook:

“100 happy days – have not done this in awhile! Well I had a fantastic weekend at our Canadian Physiotherapy Association National Congress in Edmonton. Met up with lots of colleagues and friends there, shared some laughs and did some learning. I shared my research and also had the extraordinary chance to make a pitch to the “Auditor’s Desk” which was modeled after a certain TV show involving Dragons. Anyway I pitched for 5 minutes to 5 judges, and then they grilled me with questions. I really want to use a robot at the U of S to improve access to Physical Therapy care in the North. I am so excited to say that I won  So I got some funding to do a pilot project with the robot and I won a treatment bed from Ortho Canada which will be donated to the hospital Physical Therapy department as a thank you for their help with the research. I drove the robot today for the first time – absolutely amazing and I really think this will improve access in rural and remote regions. Big huge thanks to my supervisors and committee (Brenna Bath, Liz Harrison, Angela Busch, Thomas Rotter, Megan O’Connell and CAtherine Trask) and to Dr. Ivar Mendez, Chief of Surgery at the U of S for encouraging and allowing the use of the awesome robots. Stay tuned! ps thanks to all the amazing Sask physios who were there to support me. I appreciated it SO much!”

Photo: 100 happy days - have not done this in awhile!  Well I had a fantastic weekend at our Canadian Physiotherapy Association  National Congress in Edmonton. Met up with lots of colleagues and friends there, shared some laughs and did some learning.  I shared my research and also had the extraordinary chance to make a pitch to the "Auditor's Desk" which was modeled after a certain TV show involving Dragons.  Anyway I pitched for 5 minutes to 5 judges, and then they grilled me with questions.  I really want to use a robot at the U of S to improve access to Physical Therapy care in the North.  I am so excited to say that I won :)  So I got some funding to do a pilot project with the robot and I won a treatment bed from Ortho Canada which will be donated to the hospital Physical Therapy department as a thank you for their help with the research.  I drove the robot today for the first time - absolutely amazing and I really think this will improve access in rural and remote regions.  Big huge thanks to my supervisors and committee (Brenna Bath, Liz Harrison, Angela Busch, Thomas Rotter, Megan O'Connell and CAtherine Trask) and to Dr. Ivar Mendez, Chief of Surgery at the U of S for encouraging and allowing the use of the awesome robots.  Stay tuned! ps thanks to all the amazing Sask physios who were there to support me.  I appreciated it SO much!

Physiotherapist, Stacey Lovo Grona

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