Northern BC experiencing physiotherapy shortage

August 8, 2016

Health advocates say that Northern BC has a critical shortage of physiotherapists. Despite the fact that the area holds 7% of the province’s population, only 3% of all BC physiotherapists work in the region. The article explains that boosting university seats is a key part of the solution, given that the University of British Columbia is reportedly the only institution in the province to offer physical therapy. The Prince George Citizen explains that UBC has 80 new seats available annually, with 20 reserved for the rural and northern cohort. “If we've learned one thing about healthcare recruitment, it's this axiom: Train in the north, treat in the north," said Physiotherapists Association of BC member Hilary Crowley. Prince George Citizen