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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

About The Course

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 webinar will provide the tools towards your journey to create culturally safe physiotherapy sessions

In This Online Physiotherapy Course, You Will Learn:

  • 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.

What's Included in This Online Physiotherapy Course?

  • Almost 60 minutes of video lessons.
  • Bite-sized information: all of the content is broken down into bite-sized chunks, so that you can easily watch a video on your break, over lunch, or for a few minutes at night.
  • Lifetime access. You can return to this course at any time. If any material is updated or added, you will have access to the new content.
  • Certificate of completion. Once you've completed the course, you will receive a certificate for your professional portfolio.
  • Access to this course is through Embodia, and although some of the content may be downloadable (such as a workbook or slides if included), the majority cannot. This is to protect the instructor’s material and to prevent the content from being shared freely on the Internet.
  • Embodia is mobile-friendly and can be accessed by phone, tablet, and computer.
  • There is no start date or completion date. You can complete the course at your own pace.
  • You will be sent a receipt as soon as you purchase this course. This receipt can be used for education grants and for tax purposes.
  • A Special Coupon for 15% off any other online course on Embodia Academy when you’ve completed this course!
  • Relevance to Physiotherapy Practice

Can I Share a Course with a Friend or Colleague? How does the Group Discount Work?

Each course purchase is for a single viewer only, and may not be shared. If you are interested in group/staff viewing, please contact us at to arrange a group discount code specifically for your group. The larger the group, the larger the discount. Each individual must purchase separately with the discount code, and agree to the terms and conditions (legal). This provides each participant with their own copy to review at their pace, in addition to the opportunity to interact with colleagues as you all work collectively through the material.

Despite formative physiotherapy training, few physiotherapists have had training in the creation of culturally safe spaces and trauma-informed care.  To create optimal therapeutic relationships that will lead to positive outcomes, it is important that physiotherapists across all areas of practice have these skills.


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Speaker's Biography:


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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