Judith Hunter Receives Excellence in Interprofessional Education Award

Judith Hunter standing with presentersJudith Hunter, BSc(PT), MSc, PhD received the Excellence in Interprofessional Education Award from the Canadian Pain Society in May 2013.  For this award, Judi was recognized by her colleagues in the Canadian Pain Society for her long interest in developing and evaluating the effectiveness of interprofessional pain education across the continuum of professional training, – from entry-to-practice to graduate and continuing education.

Judi was chair for seven years of the Interfaculty Pain Curriculum at the University of Toronto, involving over 800 students annually from U of T medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy and pharmacy – building the foundations for interprofessional pain care.  This program was recognized internationally, and honoured by the University of Toronto Northrop Frye Award of Excellence: For Linking Research to Education. Additionally, Judi successfully developed and piloted an innovative 5-week (~ 2 hr/week) IP-pain learning for health care trainees (interns) in the hospital setting. This was piloted and evaluated at Sickkids in 2012.

Dr. Hunter is Curriculum Director, U of Alberta, Certificate Programme in Pain Management.  This is a graduate interprofessional programme in pain management for health care practitioners.  This highly successful online programme takes a biopsychosocial approach and brings together clinicians from family medicine, nursing, social work, psychology, physical therapy, occupational therapy and nursing, from across Canada, who work collaboratively to improve their competencies in comprehensive interprofessional pain management.