The WRCPI (Waterloo Region Chronic Pain Initiative) started in October 2015 with the intention of filling the gaps that exist between those in chronic pain and the services/treatments that are available to them. As with any long term health condition, it can take patients a long time to find services or treatments and the WRCPI hopes to help patients find the various treatments or services more quickly.
A “Chronic pain stakeholder engagement workshop” was held at the School of Pharmacy (University of Waterloo) on November 27, 2013, and a number of those attending decided to meet again in October 2015, to become the WRCPI. We also work to provide better awareness and education regarding chronic pain within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.
People currently involved with the WRCPI include (all are volunteers):
- therapists; and
- people living with chronic pain.
Our Website and Social Media Committee continually updates our online resource list and posts information and news relating to chronic (persistent) pain.
Our Workshop Committee has organized 4 public meetings (which have been well attended and were all free to attend) with guest speakers and lively discussions about living with chronic pain and how it can be managed better. Most of these presentations are available on our YouTube channel. Here is a list of guest speakers we have had to date:
Occupational Therapy Presentation
- Dr. Kim Moore, family physician and complex pain management expert. - "Understanding chronic pain and its impact on your body".
- Cara Kelterborn, a registered psychotherapist. - "Psychological impact of chronic pain".
- Lynn Cooper, President of the Canadian Pain Coalition. - "Self-management strategies for a better life".
- Katelyn Corke, Registered Kinesiologist. - "Managing Chronic Conditions through Movement".
- Craig Bauman, Doctor of Chiropractic. - "Spinal Health – A Collaborative Approach".
- Matthew Stein, MHSc, PhD candidate - "Navigating work with chronic pain".
- Emma Bruce, MSc Occupational Therapy, OT Reg. - "Managing chronic pain: An occupational therapy perspective".
Our latest Workshop included a Community Resource Fair and a Panel Discussion "Enjoying the Holidays while Managing Chronic Pain" followed by a Q&A with members from the WRCPI.
Emma Bruce and Ellen Ibele
The WRCPI is always looking for new ideas and new people to get involved to help provide better awareness and education regarding chronic pain within the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.
Please visit www.wrcpi.ca for additional information or to get involved with the WRCPI.