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CRA Interview Series 2015 – Ms. Jennifer Burt: Model of care in Newfoundland

Canadian Rheumatology Association (CRA) and Allied Health Professions Association (AHPA) Interview Series 2015

Today’s feature interview – Ms. Jennifer Burt

ABN reporters from Canada’s arthritis consumer organizations interviewed leading health professionals and researchers during last month’s CRA and AHPA annual meetings.

Beginning March 9, feature interviews will be posted on the ABN YouTube channel Please help us raise awareness about the important work going on in Canada by sharing the interviews with your organizational and social networks.

About Ms. Jennifer Burt

Picture of Jennifer Burt

Picture from AHPA

Jennifer Burt has been a member of the Arthritis Health Professions Association (AHPA) since 2005. She has served on the Board since 2007 initially as the Newfoundland Representative and then President.

She has a Bachelor of Science in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University and has been a Clinical Specialist in Rheumatology working on the Rheumatic Health Unit at St. Clare’s Hospital in St. John’s, Newfoundland since 1997.

Ms. Burt is also a volunteer with the Newfoundland Branch of the Arthritis Society and member of the Programs and Services Committee. Furthermore, she is a member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association (CPA) Board of Directors. She would like to promote the benefits of AHPA. About Model of Care

The components of the Model of Care include the Allied Health Professionals (team approach), the Central Triage and Referral System, Urgency Classification, patient education program, and the publicly funded programs.

Below is a summary of the Central Triage Model:

Provincial Referral Site for Adult Rheumatology in NL Located in St. John’s – urban centre (provincial capital)

Population of the province (2014) = ~ 527,000


St. John’s metro area (2014) = ~ 208,000

Eastern Health – 1 of 4 Regional Health Authorities (RHA) in NL

Affiliated with Memorial University of NL

Medical School Physicians – 3 Rheumatologists on staff (public)

1 Pediatric Rheumatologist (public) & 1 Adult Rheumatologist (private)