S2-E40 – Navigating the Future of the Profession: What Can We Do to Evolve?

In episode 40, hosts Andrew and Maxi talked with guest Dave Walton about the important topic of the future of the Physiotherapy profession.

Dave is an Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University. He has a PhD in Rehab Science with over 70 scientific publications, and is a passionate advocate for the profession as well as those who live in pain.

Last year, Dave started a project called “Physio Moves Canada” which focused on getting input about the current state of the PT profession, and the future direction of the profession in Canada.

Some of the key topics discussed include:

  • Findings, reflections and surprises from Dave’s recent cross-country trip with “Physio Moves Canada”.
  • The current state of the profession in todays’ rapidly changing healthcare landscape, including the challenges / threats and opportunities.
  • What Dave discovered about emerging trends in, and outside of healthcare.
  • Reactions to Dave’s presentations over the past year on his findings from the cross-country trip.
  • What individual PTs can do to contribute to a refreshed vision of the profession.
  • The message needed for today’s PT leaders.

You’ll enjoy this interview!

Guest Bio:

David Walton PT PhD is an Associate Professor with the School of Physical Therapy at Western University (London Ontario), an Associate Scientist with the Lawson Health Research Institute, and Director of the Pain and Quality of Life Integrative Research Lab at Western. A graduate of Western’s BScPT program in 1999, Dave has had many roles over the years, including clinician, educator, advocate, mentor, and researcher.

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