Back to top

Respiratory Educator, Barrie & Community Family Health Team

Barrie, Ontario
Deadline November 22, 2013

The BCFHT supports diversity, equity and a workplace free from harassment and discrimination. We encourage applications from all qualified candidates, including women, visible minorities, aboriginal peoples and disabled persons. Personal information contained in applications will be used for recruitment purposes and collected as per privacy legislation. While we thank all applicants, only those contacted for an interview will be acknowledged.

Organization Description

The Barrie & Community Family Health Team (BCFHT) is one of the largest family health teams in Ontario. We are comprised of Physicians, Registered Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Diabetes and Respiratory Educators, Mental Health Counsellors and an Administrative team. Our team is focused on improving access to comprehensive, patient-centred, team-based primary health care, which supports self management, emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, and enhances the management of individuals with chronic diseases through programs that are well linked with other local and community services.

Position Description – Respiratory Educator

The Respiratory Educator (RE) works as part of a comprehensive team to provide excellent care to patients with chronic lung health conditions (Asthma, COPD) and to help patients quite smoking through our smoking cessation program. Care is provided through sharing of information, treatment options and mechanisms available to help patients manage their respiratory diseases. The RE also establishes strong communication pathways between patients, family physicians, specialists and other community resources. This will be a rewarding full-time opportunity for anyone looking to make a difference within a collaborative work environment.

Main Responsibilities

  • Provide care and education to adult and paediatric patients, families and care providers using behaviour management techniques
  • Conduct spirometry tests to help diagnosis and assess the severity of respiratory dysfunction
  • Apply the latest best-practice standards to improve the health of patients diagnosed with a respiratory illness
  • Collaborate with an interdisciplinary team to enhance the care of patients
  • Conduct individual and family assessments to identify strengths, resources, psychological factors, socioeconomic impacts, educational needs and barriers to self-management
  • Develop, implement and revise customized self-management plans to meet individual needs in collaboration with the patient, their family physician, and other health care practitioners
  • Maintain accurate records of patients' therapy using electronic medical records
  • Facilitate, and possibly develop, group education sessions, including pulmonary rehabilitation program
  • Analyze the effectiveness of the program and help to identify any unmet needs
  • Serve as a resource to the team and community by providing information about Asthma, COPD and smoking cessation

Education, Skills and Experience

  • Current Ontario Regulated Healthcare Professional with current registration to applicable governing body (i.e. Respiratory Therapist or RN with background/special interest in Asthma/COPD/Smoking cessation)
  • Certified Asthma, COPD or Respiratory Educator preferred
  • Formal smoking cessation training (such as TEACH) an asset
  • 3-5 years of demonstrated experience in community or primary care setting
  • Strong knowledge of cardiopulmonary disorders, including symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions and preventative care measures
  • Aware of best practice guidelines as they relate to lung health
  • Willingness and ability to teach/train patients and members of the interdisciplinary team as required
  • Able to work evenings as required

How To Apply

The BCFHT offers a competitive compensation package, including benefits, retirement plan, and a healthy work-life balance. Interested applicants can forward their resume and cover letter to by November 22, 2013. Visit our website at for more information.