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Global Health Rehabilitation Initiative (GHRI) Forum

The School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT) GHRI Forum is a regular event that brings together students, clinicians and researchers interested in topics related to global health and rehabilitation. Each session will feature an invited guest who will discuss experiences of a global health activity (in Canada or internationally). The emphasis of these sessions is on sharing and discussion, rather than formal presentations. 
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Interested in learning more about our Global Health in Rehabilitation and our Speakers? Check out the GHRI podcasts!

Thursday, April 4th, 2022

Practicing Reflexivity in Eeyou Istchee

Guest Speakers: Julia Chin and Ananya Nagar, 2021 Occupational Therapy Graduates

5:00 - 7:00pm
Zoom Link 

Announcement poster with image of presenter

Thursday, February 10th, 2022

Problematizing the taken-for-granted in rehabilitation services offered to Inuit children 

Guest Speaker: Janna MacLachlan, PhD(c), OT reg. (Ont.)

5:00-7:00 pm
Zoom link 

Nunavik scenery with headshots of two presenters arranged on top of the scenery, text with forum information and zoom link, QR codeTuesday, November 16th, 2021

Shifting Perspectives: Rehabilitation Clinical Placement in Nunavik

Guest Speakers: Amy Runlan Gan and Noémie Tito, M1 PT Students

6:00-7:30 pm
Zoom link 

Poster with presentation details and photo of smiling presenter, Fernanda CockellMonday, March 22nd, 2021

Justice-Centered Physiotherapy: Perspectives of a Black Professor from the Global South 

Guest Speaker: Fernanda Cockell, PT, PhD

6:00- 7:30 pm 

Zoom link here

Thursday, Feb 4th, 2021

Global Fight for Health Care and Justice

Topic: BENDING THE ARC: A Documentary and discussion

6:00-7:30 pm

Zoom link here

Poster with text, time Dec 4, 6 pm, photo of Derrick L.Cogburn Friday, Dec 4th, 2020

Accessible Global Governance: The (in)Visibility of Persons with Disabilities

Guest Speaker: Prof. Derrick L. Cogburn 

6:00pm - 7:30 pm

Zoom Link here 


Monday, Nov 9th, 2020

Same but Different? Experiences in a Global Clinical Practicum and Application in Practice

Guest Speakers: Chelsey Saunders, Daisy Petrucci, Zack Legault 
Recipients of the 2019 SPOT Global Health Travel Awards

5:30 - 7:00pm
Zoom link here  

Thursday, Feb 13th, 2020

Rehabilitation in Nigeria: A Cross-cultural Comparison 

Guest Speaker: Rose Uzoma Elekanachi, MSc, BSc PT


5:30-7:00 pm, Hosmer House 202




Learnings from Amar Seva Sangam (ASSA)

Guest Speaker: Chamila Anthonypillai, BSc Rehab. MScOT


6:00-7:30 pm, Hosmer House H301

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019


A Healing Road to Creativity 

Guest Speaker: Sara Abassbhay, BSc.Rehab, MSc, Pht.


Davis House, D3

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Culturally Created Care: Reflections on how history and culture have shaped and impacted health care in India, Northern Quebec, and South Africa

Guest Speakers: Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Masters Students

4:45- 6:00 PM
Davis House -D20

Friday, April 5th, 2019


Cross-border collaboration: Expertise sharing in perineal rehabilitation


Guest Speakers: Claudia Brown and Di Wu
3:00- 4:15
Hosmer House 202


Thursday, Mar 14th, 2019


Film Screening: Continuons à aller plus loin ensemble!

Guest Speaker: Mathieu Francoeur
14:45 - 18:15 
McIntyre Building: room 1027 





Wednesday, Nov 21st, 2018


Our bodies, our stories are sacred:
An introduction to trauma-sensitive and culturally safe approaches to working with Indigenous people and communities

Guest Speaker: Jessica Barudin, MSc, PT
Hosmer House 202

Wednesday, October 24th, 2018


Motor rehabilitation of stroke survivors in low resource settings; Inferences from an Indian center


Guest Speaker: Dr. John Solomon

4:45 - 6:00 pm
Hosmer House 202

Wednesday September 26th, 2018


Think Globally, Act Locally: Research Evidence and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


Guest Speakers: Dr. K. Shiakao-Thomas, Dr. J. Lai and Mathieu Simard, PT

4:45-6:00 pm
Hosmer House 202

Monday August 27th, 2018


Student Research Projects on Global Health and Rehabilitation


Guest Speakers:
School of Physical & Occupational Therapy students

4:45 - 6:00pm
Hosmer House 202

Monday May 28th, 2018


Killing chickens and cutting skin: On the moral hinterland between Indigenous knowledge(s) and biomedicine

Guest Speaker:
Dr.Andrew Hatala

4:45 - 6:00pm
Hosmer House 202


Monday, April 24th, 2018


Increasing Access to Prosthetic Devices: Implications for Public Health and Rehabilitation in Developing Countries, a Brazilian experience.

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Edgard Lamounier

4:45 - 6:00pm
Hosmer House 202

Monday March 26th, 2018


Navigating Ethical Dilemmas in Contexts of International Clinical Placements

Guest Speakers:
Students from the School of Physical & Occupational Therapy who completed recent international clinical placements in low-resource settings.

4:45 - 6:00pm
Hosmer House 202

Monday, February 19th, 2018


Enhancing Wheelchair Service Provision Education in Health Care Professional University Programs Globally

Guest Speaker:
Paula Rushton, PhD.

5:15 - 7:00pm
Hosmer House 202

Monday, January 22nd, 2018


Community Based Inclusive Development and Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in Conflict Settings: Perspectives from Libya

Guest Speaker:
Karen Paul, SW and Mathieu Simard, PT

Hosmer House 202






Monday, November 20th, 2017


Ethnographic Reflections on Establishing a Competency-Based Occupational Therapy Program in Beirut, Lebanon

Guest Speaker:
Hiba Zafran, PhD OT

Hosmer House, H202

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

From international fieldwork to the intersection of legislation, health policy and
utilization of sexual & reproductive health services by people with disabilities in
post-conflict Northern region of Uganda

Guest Speaker:
Muriel Mac-Seing, PhD (candidate)

4:45- 6:00pm
Hosmer House, H202

Monday September, 25th, 2017


Global Health Roles for North American Rehabilitation Professionals:
Considering People with Disabilities from Western Zambia

Guest Speaker:

Hosmer House, H202


Monday June 19th, 2017


Building a Meaningful Organization: Improving Accessibility for Children in Nicaragua

Guest Speaker:
Marie-Kim McFetridge, OT and Paramedical Director of Pivot International

4:45pm- 6:00pm
Hosmer House, H-202


Monday, March 20th, 2017


Let's Talk about the Elephant in the Room:Engaging with Privilege, Neocolonialism, and Oppression in Global Health Work

Guest Speaker:
Marie-Lyne Grenier, PhD OT

4:45pm- 6:00pm
Hosmer House, H-202


Monday, February 20th, 2017


Surgical Experience in East Africa: Barriers to Best Care;Success with Local Priorities

Guest Speaker:
Mark Hardy, MD.

4:45pm- 6:00pm
Hosmer House, H-202

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Aboriginal Peoples' Health and Rehabilitation

Guest Speakers:
Murielle Fortin, PT  and
Jessica Barudin, Indigenous Health Advocate, yoga consultant and teacher/therapist

Hosmer House, H-202




Monday, November 28th, 2016

Reflections on Participatory Research:Understanding maternal health needs and healthcare seeking behaviours in Baglung, Nepal

Guest Speaker:
Sunisha Neupane, PhD(c)

Hosmer House, H-202

Monday, October 24th (2016)

Join us for McGill’s first School of Physical & Occupational Therapy Global Health Forum!

A Physiotherapist’s Experience Working in AfghanistanMedicins sans frontiers van
Guest Speaker: Anik Goulet, Physiotherapist

Monday October 24 from 4:30 – 6:00 p.m. at SPOT: Hosmer House H-202




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