Vaccine Hesitancy - 2020
Health professionals in Canada must consistently deliver sound care based on the best evidence available. They must also play a leadership role in helping combat misinformation. It is important that when combating misinformation health professionals only comment on topics within their scope of practice. Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, issued a statement on March 12, 2019 regarding the measles outbreak and vaccine hesitancy. In this statement, she urged her fellow healthcare provider colleagues to take the time to answer the questions of concerned patients and direct them to credible and reliable sources of information. This includes the provision of science-based advice and options when discussing vaccination with parents, when it is in their scope of practice to do so. As we prepare for the flu season to arrive, we are reminded that social media influencers have made a significant negative impact on the perception of vaccination in recent years. Despite this, a patient’s trust in their health care provider remains one of the most important predictors of vaccine acceptance. This advisory is a reminder to all Physiotherapists that commenting on vaccines is not within Physiotherapy scope of practice. Therefore, Physiotherapists must not provide any vaccine information, opinions or advice. Further, care must be taken when engaging in social media activities. Physiotherapists must be aware of their professional responsibilities regarding all online activity. Refer to the 2016 Social Media Advisory for more details on Physiotherapist’s responsibilities related to social media.
Acupuncture - 2015
The Nova Scotia College of Physiotherapists issues Advisory Statements to provide guidance to members on practice issues. This Advisory addresses the required Acupuncture Canada education level for those adding acupuncture to their treatment techniques from June 2015 and onward. This will not impact those currently practicing acupuncture regularly in their practice.