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The Environment and Canadian Physiotherapists

The Environment and Canadian Physiotherapists

The Environment and Canadian Physiotherapists

This course includes
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Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in February 2022


The physiotherapy profession came to be within a worldview in which we humans are understood to be exceptional beings that can control our destinies regardless of context.  According to this worldview, it is possible to nurture human health and well-being without having to think much about the environment in which we live.

The worldview of human exceptionalism is being disproven in real-time: evidence-based practice within clinical care is no match for a heat dome or an atmospheric river. Meanwhile, the environmental catastrophes experience in British Columbia in 2021 are merely foreshadows of events that will continue to increase in frequency and severity for all of us who are alive today.

In the face of these trends there is a realization with which we must come to terms:  there can be no human health without a healthy planet.

This online course brought to you by the Global Health Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association.


Upon completion of this workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss ways that physiotherapists can incorporate environmental concerns into their practice;
  2. Recognize how decolonization is a promising strategy to ensure environmental sustainability;
  3. Engage in Environmental Physiotherapy leadership activities.



Allana Beavis (she/her), MScPT, MSc, BHSc; is a physiotherapist working at Community Therapy Services in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Through this agency, she provides fly-in consultative PT services to First Nation communities in northern Manitoba.  She is passionate about addressing health inequities and the underpinning unequal power relations in society that create them.

Shaun Cleaver (he/him), PT, PhD; is a Faculty Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at McGill University.  Shaun works to advance health equity teaching and research related to health professions.

Susan Czyzo (she/her), MScPT, BPHE; is a physiotherapist and clinical Pilates instructor providing in-person services in private practice in Toronto as well as virtually across Ontario.  Susan is passionate about the intersection of health and climate change.


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The instructors
Canadian Physiotherapy Association

As the vital partner for the profession, the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) leads, advocates, and inspires excellence and innovation to promote health. CPA’s goal is to provide exceptional service, valuable information and connections to the profession of physiotherapy, across Canada and around the world.

Global Health Division

The Global Health Division (GHD) is comprised of a passionate group of physical therapists who have worked in or are interested in working in resource-poor settings globally. We advocate for sustainable collaboration that elevates the profession of physiotherapy worldwide.

Our Vision is to become a strong advocate group for the role of physiotherapists in the area of global health. The GHD strives to become a reliable and valuable resource for its members, through providing access to research, policies, experiences of other members, and opportunities.The GHD aims to foster an understanding of how socioeconomic determinants of health underpin health inequities and how global work comprises responsible strategies to achieve health equity. The GHD strives to support its members to get involved in ethical, collaborative, sustainable and effective global health work. The GHD endeavours to promote the wellbeing of Indigenous Peoples through advocating for changes within the physiotherapy profession in the spirit of reconciliation.

The mission of the Global Health Division (GHD) is to advocate for the unique role that physiotherapists have in global health and to encourage Canadian physiotherapists to engage in ethical global health work.

Course Material included in this course
  • The Environment and Canadian Physiotherapists
  • Welcome!
  • Introduction
  • Emerging Areas of Expertise
  • Rethinking How We Do What We Do
  • The Environment and Mental Health
  • What We Can Do
  • Ego VS Eco
  • Final Thoughts
  • Feedback
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