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Disciplinary Panel of the Council of the College of Physiotherapists of Newfoundland and Labrador


Health and Community Services


Subsection 16(4) of the Physiotherapy Act


No Remuneration


To hear complaints regarding registered physiotherapists.


The council will appoint at least ten registered physiotherapists who are not members of the council, one of whom will be appointed to serve as chairperson, and the Minister will appoint at least five persons, who are not registered nurses or members of the council, to represent the public interest.

Competency Profile:

Diversity in the backgrounds, skills and experience of appointed disciplinary panel members can enhance the effectiveness of a Board by bringing a wider range of perspectives and knowledge. Examples of such backgrounds may include:

  • Health Care
  • Business Experience
  • Public Relations
  • Public Sector Administration
  • Governance
  • Financial Expertise/Literacy
  • Legal Expertise


The following attributes are important considerations in selecting members:

  • Interest in health care
  • Previous board experience
  • Knowledge of the physiotherapy profession
  • High ethical standards and integrity
  • Appreciation of the responsibilities to the public
  • Flexible, responsive and willing to consider others’ opinions
  • Capable of a wide perspective on issues
  • Ability to listen and work as a team member
  • No direct or indirect conflict of interest
  • Strong reasoning and conflict resolution skills
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Effective communication skills (written and oral)
  • Policy development experience
  • Leadership/management skills

Time Commitments:

Panel members are only required if there is a disciplinary matter or upon the call of the Chair. A disciplinary matter will require approximately one week of dedicated time (hearing, deliberations and writing of the decision).


Of the members first appointed to the disciplinary panel, one half will be appointed for a term of two years and the remainder for a term of three years and all subsequent appointments of members will be for a term of three years. Notwithstanding the term of his or her term, a member of the panel continues to be a member until he or she is re-appointed or his or her replacement is appointed. Persons appointed to the panel may be reappointed.

Vacancy Profile:

The Disciplinary Panel of the Council of the College of Physiotherapists is seeking to fill up to 5 positions. Expressions of interest are being sought from individuals who possess the background, experience, and skill-set identified in the profile and who can bring unique perspectives to the table. Consideration will also be given to a variety of demographic factors to ensure the board is representative of the population it serves.

Current Members:
NameTitleAppointment TypeAppointment Date (yyyy/mm/dd)Expiry Date (yyyy/mm/dd)
Carey, Ms. AprilMemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Constantine, Ms. Ruby L.MemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Neary, Mr. Douglas MemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Pitcher, Mr. DarrenMemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28
Watton, Mr. Lester MemberMinisterial2015-10-292018-10-28

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