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Physiotherapists assess patients and plan and carry out individually designed treatment programs to maintain, improve or restore physical functioning, alleviate pain and prevent physical dysfunction in patients. Physiotherapists are employed in hospitals, clinics, industry, sports organizations, rehabilitation centres and extended care facilities, or they may work in private practice.
- Assess patients' physical abilities through evaluative procedures such as functional ability tests
- Establish treatment goals with patients based on physical diagnoses
- Plan and implement programs of physiotherapy including therapeutic exercise, manipulations, massage, education, the use of electro-therapeutic and other mechanical equipment and hydro-therapy
- Evaluate effectiveness of treatment plans and modify accordingly
- Communicate with referring physician and other healthcare professionals regarding patients' problems, needs and progress
- Maintain clinical and statistical records and confer with other health care professionals
- Develop and implement health promotion programs for patients, staff and the community
- May conduct research in physiotherapy
- May provide consulting or education services.
Physiotherapists may focus their practice in particular clinical areas such as neurology, oncology, rheumatology, orthopedics, obstetrics, pediatrics, geriatrics, in the treatment of patients with cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary disorders, burns or sports injuries or in the field of ergonomics.
St. John's, Mount Pearl, Arnold's Cove, Bay Roberts, Bishop's Cove, Carbonear, Conception Bay South, Gulch, Gull Island, Harbour Grace, North River, Spaniard's Bay, Torbay, Upper Island Cove, Wabana, Birchy Nap, Chamberlains, Codner, Doyles, Foxtrap, Goulds, Greeleytown, Kelligrews, Lance Cove, Lawrence Pond, Manuels, Newton, North Pond Heights, Peachytown, Riverdale, Talcville, Topsail, Upper Gullies
Outlook & Prospects for Physiotherapists in Avalon Peninsula Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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|Avalon Peninsula Region||2011-12-02|
In the Avalon Peninsula region, the employment potential for this occupation is GOOD. This means that there are relatively strong employment opportunities for skilled workers in this occupation.
Although employment opportunities are available throughout the province, new graduates tend to stay in larger centres on the Avalon Peninsula such as St. John's. Positions in rural areas often remain unfilled for 6 months or more. Prior to graduation, the Health Care Corporation offers a provincial bursary to students who may be interested in accepting a position deemed difficult to fill across the province. The amount of the bursary is based on the geographic location and the student must sign a service agreement.
Physiotheraphy is a female dominated profession in this province. If there are no full-time positions available in a hospital setting, most graduates tend to go into practice at private clinics or set up their own clinic.
Physiotherapists who want to work in Newfoundland and Labrador must have a Master's degree, be approved by the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and pass the national exam. Individuals with advanced skills such as training in diagnostics will have an edge.
The demand for physiotherapists in the province will grow as the need arises for additional services with an aging population. Eastern Health is currently considering having physiotherapists work seven days per week.
LABOUR MARKET CONDITIONS
Physiotherapists in the Avalon Peninsula Region:
According the the 2006 Census, approximately 73% of all Physiotherapists were located in the Avalon Peninsula region.
Monthly reporting, May 2010 to April 2011, indicates that the number of persons collecting Employment Insurance benefits in the Avalon region was on average less than 10.
Physiotherapists in Newfoundland and Labrador:
Physiotherapists make up a small-sized occupational group in Newfoundland and Labrador. According to the 2006 Census, the labour force for this occupation consisted of 225 persons in the province. At the time of the Census (May 2006), virtually all of these persons were employed. This was an increase of 22% from the 2001 level. Over the same period, employment in all occupations in the province increased by 7%.
Employment of Physiotherapists in Newfoundland and Labrador is mainly within the Health and Social Services industry. According to the 2006 Census, the unemployment rate for this occupation in the province was very low compared to 16% for occupations in general.
GRADUATE FOLLOW-UP STATISTICS
Graduate follow-up data, which provides information about whether graduates have been successful in their transition into the labour force, is not available for this occupation. Individuals should contact post-secondary schools to request graduate follow-up information for programs in which they are interested.
For information on graduates in other occupations, visit the CareerSearch 2008 website at: http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/publications/postsecondary/index.html
Further information can also be obtained by contacting the Atlantic Provinces Physiotherapy Association site at http://www.physiotherapynb.ca
Local Labour Market News
Week of Feb 11 – Feb 15, 2013
- A fire has destroyed the Sinyard’s Pharmacy building in Harbour Grace. Eight people are employed at the pharmacy.
Week of Nov 05 – Nov 09, 2012
- Registered nurses and nursing students from across the province are in St. John’s for the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union’s (NLNU) 23rd biennial convention
Week of Oct 15 – Oct 19, 2012
- The Salvation Army Wiseman Centre in St. John’s officially opened its first emergency shelter units for women
Week of May 28 – Jun 01, 2012
- Eastern Health sheds hundreds of positions
- Tim Hortons at St. John's hospital turns over staffing to private operator
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