From its inception, the MAC H2OPE Clinic has provided rehabilitation services to people within the Hamilton area who would otherwise have no access. When the Clinic was started, the model of service delivery revolved around student clinical education – services were only delivered when students from the Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy programs were on site for clinical placements. This inconsistent service delivery presented a challenge to both clients and referral sources alike in terms of knowing the timing of services and the timing of referrals. For example, referrals received near the end of placements resulted in initial assessments only, without sufficient time for sustained interventions, and referrals often were not waiting for the students when their fieldwork placements began.
A recent partnership with the McMaster Family Health Team has resulted in both physiotherapists and occupational therapists offering services consistently, throughout the year. Students will continue to participate in clinical education opportunities all year long, but in addition, therapists will be on site delivering service to MAC H2OPE Clinic clients.
We are also thrilled to welcome Colleen McPhee as the Clinic Manager. Colleen is a physiotherapist and a graduate of the McMaster Rehabilitation Science Program (2010). She is currently working as the PT in the McMaster Family Health Team (Stonechurch site). She has a wealth of clinical experience to bring to this role and will manage the clinic operations on a day-today basis.
These developments represent the next phase of sustainability for rehabilitation services for Hamiltonians who have unmet needs. Any questions about the MAC H2OPE Clinic can be sent to Julie Richardson, Chair, MAC H2OPE Clinic Executive Council (firstname.lastname@example.org).