Bert Chesworth Research Honorarium

Background And History

National Orthopaedic Division Mission:

“The Orthopaedic Division of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association is committed to excellence in musculoskeletal physiotherapy to improve health outcomes. Our members develop reflective practice, advanced clinical reasoning, and integration of evidence. We achieve this by offering evidence-informed courses and internationally accredited education, access to best practice resources and, opportunities to network with and learn from peers and experts.”

Bert Chesworth HonorariumBert Chesworth is a Professor Emeritus at Western University. Prior to his retirement in 2019, he was an Associate Professor and the Director of the School of Physical Therapy. As an epidemiologist and biostatistician with 20 years of clinical experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy in public and private health care settings, his influence on physical therapy musculoskeletal (MSK) research has been impactful. He completed his FCAMPT qualifications in 1989 and his PhD in 2000. Following this he joined the Ontario Joint Replacement Registry and worked with technical and field personnel to develop the registry database and electronic data collection protocol.

As an educator he instructed undergraduate students and taught in the professional physical therapy program at Western University (2006-2019). He also supervised graduate students and provided clinical instruction of physiotherapists through post-graduate continuing education manual therapy courses and with the on-line Master of Clinical Science Program at Western University.

Bert’s research interests include musculoskeletal rehabilitation outcomes, total hip and knee joint replacement, hip fracture, and manual therapy.


The Bert Chesworth Research Honorarium was named in honour of Bert Chesworth, the first person to achieve both FCAMPT and PhD credentials, allowing Dr.Chesworth, as a clinician scientist, to directly impact musculoskeletal health outcomes relevant to orthopaedic physiotherapy. This honorarium was created to recognize research accomplishments and to give individuals an opportunity to disseminate their research findings to inform clinical practice. The funds could assist Orthopaedic Division members to attend national or international conferences to present their research. The funding could be used to 1) cover conference registration, related accommodation, and travel and 2) funding for an MSK related research project.

Criteria For Selection

  • Applicant must be a CPA Orthopaedic Division member

Option 1

  • Funding for a conference/symposium
  • Submission of an abstract of the specific research project (300 words) and a short description of the research team
  • Awardees will submit a one-page infographic for dissemination through the Orthopaedic Division Clinical Update (ODCU)
  • A 1000-word description of how the funds would be used


Option 2

  • Funding for a MSK related research project
  • Originality of the project – extent to which the research contributes to MSK knowledge and clinical practice
  • Potential impact on MSK clinical practice and education
  • Innovation – creativity and new ideas
  • Submission costs to an open access peer-review journal
  • A 1000-word description as to why the funds are needed

All applications are confidential between the applicant and the Awards Committee.

The Orthopaedic Division Awards Committee will select the recipients.

Form Of Award

Two $1000.00 honoraria

Deadline for Applications: January 31 and September 30 each year
Recipients will be notified by October 15 and February 15

Download Application Form


Bert Chesworth Research Honorarium Recipients: