ONF supports five new mobility clinics across Ontario

May 24, 2018 | Posted in Announcements

In partnership with the Centre for Family Medicine in Waterloo, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF) with partners from the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) will support the opening of five new mobility clinics across Ontario.  The $700,000 grant from the ONF will help to provide primary care for persons with spinal cord injury (SCI) and other physical disabilities. 

SCI Program Director, Tara Jeji says, “This has been a long-standing partnership and we are proud of the work that has been done – it’s rewarding to see better patient outcomes. We now have the opportunity to take this model to scale by providing equitable access to primary care across the province.”

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Taking a tour of the accessible-friendly exam rooms at the Waterloo facility
Left to right: Tara Jeji (ONF), Kristine Figueirdo (Mobility Clinic Nurse), Dr. Anne Berndl, (OBGYN Sunnybrook), Sarah Pritchard (Mobility Clinic OT), Jennifer Howcroft (Wife of Mobility Clinic Patient)

Access to care is an ongoing challenge for persons with SCI due to inaccessible facilities among other issues. Patients with mobility restrictions often do not receive the same level of care as those without even though their needs are significantly more complex. Not only do the mobility clinics offer specialized equipment; each patient has a team assigned to them to develop a unique care plan that can be shared with the patient’s primary care provider. The clinic in Waterloo has seen great success since its open in 2010 creating great anticipation for the cross-province expansions. 

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