Dilshad Moosa BSc RRT FCSRT CRE MASc

Summer is finally here!

RTSO infrastructure changes continue. Our Membership Management System has been implemented (June 2019), our updated website goes live on August 1, 2019, and registration to our RTSO INSPIRE Conference (Oct 19) and Leadership Summit (Oct 18) are now open.  Visit our website to learn more: www.rtso.ca

Membership Works Platform

We are thrilled to announce the RTSO has automated our membership renewal process! Some of the great new features include a Member Profile where you can update your personal information, change your password, input your payment method, upgrade or downgrade Membership Levels, download your receipts and print out your Membership Card and Insurance Certificate.

Former student members and recent grads are invited to upgrade their RTSO memberships to our Practicing level – which is half price for the first year! Once you have signed in, hit the “Renew, Upgrade or Update Membership” button under your profile, input your payment information and apply the discount code: “grad2019” to receive 50% off.

Go to the Member Sign In page https://www.rtso.ca/member-sign-in/#myaccount

At this time, we’d like to thank Tomoka Fujita, The Lung Association for previous administration and registration support; we sincerely appreciate your contribution over the last couple of years!

Registration for the RTSO INSPIRE 2019 Conference is Open! REGISTER HERE

We look forward to welcoming you to INSPIRE 2019 at The Westin Prince Hotel, Toronto, which is located at 900 York Mills Road, North York, Toronto M3B 3H2.
This full-day Respiratory Therapy focused education program will feature plenary sessions, workshops and concurrent special interest streams, and will also provide valuable networking opportunities amongst industry partners and fellow RT colleagues.   We’ve secured the expertise of Thomas Piraino, as well as Dr. Alan Kaplan, as keynote speakers, and have planned breakaway streams addressing Transitions in Care and Innovation & Technology.  To register, please visit https://www.rtso.ca/2019-rtso-inspire-education-forum/

Understanding Evidence and Physiology Based Clinical Practice (TBC)

Thomas Piraino, RRT FCSRT

SABA Over-Reliance:  Solutions for a complicated problem.  Asthma Management a Changing Landscape.

Dr. Alan Kaplan, MD CCFP (EM) FCFP

Stream 1: Bodies in Transition

Stream 2: Innovation and Technology

Attention All RT Leaders – Registration to our Leadership Summit is now OPEN!
If you plan on attending the RTSO Education Conference your admission to the Leadership Summit is FREE!

We are proud to present our 3rd annual Leadership Summit. Along with our Industry Partners, we are pleased to highlight some of the current landscape changes and the effect on RT practice, an essential ingredient of integrated care and excellent patient outcomes.

Member fee – $50
Non-Member fee – $75
Virtual member (OTN / WebEx) – $25
Virtual Non-member (OTN / WebEx) – $50

Remember the Leadership Summit is FREE to RT leaders attending the INSPIRE 2019 Conference.

Advocacy Initiatives

In collaboration of our volunteer Board and various committees, the RTSO supports advocacy initiatives to improve RRT practice within Ontario. The following advocacy initiatives are currently under way:

Workforce Planning Initiative:  RRT Mapping – Led by Nancy Garvey, RRT MASc CRE, RTSO Consultant

ICES (Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences) AHRQ (Applied Health Research Question) initiative resulting in a report/publication associating RRT availability with COPD patients and outcomes across the province: “What are health equity and health care utilization characteristics for adults over 35 years of age with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) sub-regions across Ontario correlated with availability of Registered Respiratory Therapists?” The aim is to help identify gaps in RRT service/care particularly related to COPD patients’ needs and outcomes.

Integrated Role Description: A generic role description for RRTs working in hospitals including anaesthesia, pulmonary function laboratories and ambulatory care settings, primary and community care to be shared with MOHLTC staff, LHIN CEO’s, hospital CEO’s and other relevant partners.  This is intended to demonstrate the value of the role of RRTs and highlight ways to close gaps in care and/or access to RRT resources – Led by the RTSO Leadership Committee and a Community RT Committee Working Group

Health Quality Ontario (HQO) Transitions in Care: RTSO Feedback:  The RTSO Executive collaborated with various stakeholders including RT Leaders, Home Care Companies, etc. to compile a collaborative feedback document to HQO, as RRT’s were omitted from these documents. Please visit our website (https://www.rtso.ca) to review our response.

PTSD Advocacy:  Respiratory therapists (RTs) work as essential members of rapid response, various code, disaster, radiation and other emergency response teams. In that “first responder” role, we may encounter traumatic incidents and experiences while providing patient care that may result in occupational stress injury (OSI), which may lead to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The RTSO is advocating for RRTs to be included in the next amendment to Bill 163, Supporting Ontario’s First Responders Act (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder).

Great work is currently under way by our PTSD Working Group, Co-Chaired by Fatima Foster, RRT CRE and Nancy Garvey, RRT MASc CRE.  Ontario survey results by Tania Del Rizzo are now available, and further collaboration with CSRT is underway.

Thank You / Membership Matters #RTStrOng

I am super proud of our members and volunteers and the selfless work they do on our behalf. Thank you RTSO Board, Committees, Special Interest Group and Working Group members!

Please join the RTSO to have your voice heard…this is especially so important in this transitioning healthcare climate!