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Northern Health Roadshow April 12th

The 2019 BCSRT Roadshows are coming!

Our first stop is Prince George on Friday, April 12th at UHNBC.  Details coming soon.

Following that, we’ll be bringing education to your doorstep on Vancouver Island, in Victoria at Royal Jubilee Hospital on June 14th. Then we head to the interior on October 8th and 9th in Vernon. We’ll be ending our year in the Lower Mainland on November first.

Stay tuned for more information about topics, speakers, times and locations.

Don’t forget to register (closer to the event date) to get education credits for attending.

If you haven’t attended a BCSRT Roadshow yet, come and see what it’s all about! Make some connections, learn something new, and join us for some fun afterwards 🙂


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CSRT Letter of Support

February 7, 2019
Val Avery,
Health Sciences Association
180 East Columbia Street,
New Westminster, BC
V3L 0G7

RE: Proposed profile-based classification system for HSBPA

Dear Ms. Avery,
The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists (CSRT) is the national professional association
representing respiratory therapists across Canada and is responsible for providing the
Registered Respiratory Therapist credential in British Columbia. The CSRT has recently been
made aware of the concerns being voiced by many respiratory therapists in British Columbia
regarding a proposed profile-based classification system for a new Health Sciences Professional
Bargaining Association (HSPBA) collective agreement.

As is outlined in the December 2018 memorandum of agreement between the Health
Employers Association of BC and the HSPBA, development and implementation of the proposed
profile-based classification system is underway. In response, BC respiratory therapists are
raising concern that the proposed classification system does not fairly or adequately consider
the contributions they make to the care of patients and families, and to the healthcare system.
In particular, respiratory therapists indicate that there is a lack of sensitivity of the proposed
classification system to important and highly relevant qualitative measures of practice, such as
recognition of role and responsibility.

The professional practice of respiratory therapists encompasses a wide range of competencies
that have significant impact on the health and quality of life of patients. The National
Competency Framework for Canadian respiratory therapists represents the required
competencies an entry-level respiratory therapist is expected to be able to perform in the
workplace. As you will see, these competencies span practice settings, patient demographics and level of acuity. The level of responsibility undertaken in the daily practice of respiratory
therapists in BC, as elsewhere in Canada, is impactful to even the most vulnerable.
Recognizing that an important goal of the proposed profile-based classification system is to
address exiting inequities, we implore you to incorporate measures that recognize and
incorporate these important aspects of professional practice and patient care.
On behalf of the CSRT, I would like to thank you in advance for your consideration of the serious
concerns outlined in this letter. Should you like to discuss this further please do not hesitate to
contact me directly.


Dr. Andrew West
Chief Executive Officer

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Climb the Wall with the BCSRT!

The BC Lung Association’s 18th Annual Climb the Wall event is coming up on February 24th.

This year, there is a new addition to the event: BC Lung Health Community Member category. Core to that community are Respiratory Therapists.

Come and join our RT team!
Click here to join the BC Society of Respiratory Therapists team.

Registration is FREE for RTs with the promo code lunghealth2019.

Climb the wall for Clean Air; raise awareness, be active, and promote a good cause.

When: Sunday, February 24th starting at about 8:30.
Where: The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel, 1088 Burrard Street.
What: Climb 48 stories up to the top. The average climb is 10-15 minutes.

Come and enjoy a workout, brunch, and some unique Sunday morning fun!

Family members and children are welcome to come for free, enjoy brunch and cheerlead

For more information, visit:
To donate to our team, visit the BCSRT team page.

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