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Cultural Safety, Indigenous Patients and Physiotherapy

Cultural Safety, Indigenous Patients and Physiotherapy

Cultural Safety, Indigenous Patients and Physiotherapy

This course includes
58:12 of Course Material (View)
Lifetime access after purchase
Certificate of completion
This course was recorded in March 2020


Cultural Safety, Indigenous Patients and Physiotherapy delivered as a joint effort between the Global Health and Pain Science Divisions by Amanda Fortin and Katherine Harman. We all treat members who identify as Indigenous but many physiotherapists do not consider this in their assessment and treatment plans. This online course will provide the tools towards your journey to create culturally safe physiotherapy sessions


Learning Objectives:

  • Recognize information about Indigenous People’s culture, geography, historical events, and trauma that may contribute to current health conditions and social determinants of health
  • Understand that Indigenous people access health care in all parts of Canada
  • Consider other strategies for assessing pain in Indigenous clients
  • Apply the FIRST Approach to a case study


Who Is This Course For?

This course is a relatively new and growing area of practice for physiotherapists. This course is for any physiotherapist or healthcare professional who sees patients postnatally.


About the Speakers:


Amanda Fortin

Amanda Fortin is a clinical physical therapist at an acute care hospital in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She completed her B.P.E.S at Brandon University in Manitoba, followed by her M.P.T. at the University of Saskatchewan, graduating in 2015. Amanda spent time, as both a student and a mentor, at an inter-professional student-run clinic aimed at providing holistic care to some of Saskatoon’s most vulnerable. She currently chairs the Global Health Division’s Indigenous Health

Katherine Harman

Katherine Harman is an Associate Professor with Dalhousie University’s School of Physiotherapy.  After her B.Sc. (PT) at Univ. of Toronto, she completed an M.Sc. (Anatomy / Neuroscience) and a Ph.D. (Psychology / Neuroscience). She teaches about pain to M.Sc. (Physiotherapy) students and her research program currently focuses on the therapeutic relationship and patients experiencing pain.  Find articles in Physiotherapy CanadaPhysiotherapy Practice and the Pain Sciences Division newsletter.  And more recently:  Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Physiotherapy Theory and Research, Journal of Sport Rehabilitation, Journal of Interprofessional Care

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.
Course Material included in this course
  • Cultural Safety, Indigenous Patients and Physiotherapy
  • Introduction
  • Terminology and Demographics
  • Colonization Timeline
  • Recent Timeline
  • The FIRST Approach
  • Questions
  • Feedback
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