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5,000 people leave the Canadian military each year; A PhD student looks at how they should be supported

When Ashley Williams’ brother left the military in 2015 after nine years of service, she witnessed the challenges he encountered with the transition to civilian life. Her brother, Shane, had been in the military since graduating high school. He left voluntarily to return home to Newfoundland. At the time, Ashley was working in Ontario as an occupational therapist with a family health team.

Dean's Report : Faculty of Health Sciences 2018-2019

One of the things I really look forward to at this time of year is releasing the annual Dean’s Report. This report has come to be a tradition for the Faculty of Health Sciences, and it serves as reminder to pause and recognize all of the fantastic things we’ve achieved in the past year.

Testing new models of care to address the challenge of low back pain

Low back pain is a common experience. An estimated 75-85% of people will experience some form of back pain during their lifetime. For the majority, it will improve quickly, but about half will experience recurrences within a year. For many, low back pain can lead to suffering and disability that interferes with participation in usual life roles and activities. In fact, Global burden of disease studies provide evidence that low back pain is the leading contributor to years lived with disability worldwide.

Training our OT students to solve problems through an innovative classroom space

For many of us, it’s easy to take for granted the daily activities that can be performed without difficulty. Most of us never think twice about our ability to cook dinner, wash the dishes, have a shower, or write an email.

But for those who experience difficulties performing daily tasks, the impact can be significant.

A seniors’ oasis

With an aging population, it is critical that seniors living in the community receive the support they need. It is important that new effective and cost-efficient strategies are developed to help seniors live where they want to live and prosper in their chosen communities.

How Christiana Asantewaa Okyere is making education more inclusive

Believe it or not, Dr. Christiana Okyere says her favourite season is winter.

“Back home in Ghana, there are only two seasons – the rainy season and the dry season,” she says. “During the Canadian winter, I love to wear a jacket and I love to cover myself with a duvet and get nice and comfortable…I just love it.”

Dr. Okyere came to Canada in 2015 after completing a bachelor’s degree and masters at the University of Ghana. She recently completed her doctorate in rehabilitation therapy at Queen’s, marking a transition from pure social science to health science.

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