Friday, 20 October 2017

CAOT-BC Assistive Technology & Seating Practice Network Meeting: November 2, 2017

Topic: Permobil "Forward Thinking" Updates
Presenter: Brenlee Mogul-Rotman, OT Reg(Ont), ATP/SMS, National Clinical Education Manager, Permobil Canada
Description: This year, in an effort to provide an opportunity for continuing professional development for practitioners in BC who may not have access to regular education sessions related to wheeled mobility and seating, the Assistive Technology and Seating Practice Network will be offering an opportunity to each of the major wheelchair manufacturers for an "update" session. These updates will occur at every second meeting, rotating through the manufacturers and will include a brief (20 minute) presentation from the manufacturer, followed by a question and answer session. These sessions do not constitute an endorsement of the manufacturer’s products by CAOT-BC, and are simply an opportunity to provide information to interested practitioners.

For our first update, Brenlee Mogul-Rotman, the National Clinical Education Manager for Permobil Canada will be joining us to highlight the feature of Active Reach on the Permobil power wheelchairs. Active Reach (anterior tilt) shifts the entire seating system forward by raising the rear seat to floor height while maintaining front seat to floor height. Functional reach of the upper extremity is significantly improved and the client can independently perform activities of daily living such as hygiene/grooming (wash hands, brush teeth, etc.), cooking (providing improved access to the kitchen (cabinets, refrigerator/freezer, microwave, stovetop, sink, etc.) and other daily reaching tasks. Active reach not only enhances function, but allows the individual to combine the feature with seat elevation to increase access to the environment, social engagement and overall functional ability. Anterior tilt has many physical benefits including pressure redistribution, lessening the risk of upper body overuse injuries and more.

The benefits of Active Reach will be the focus of the presentation with evidence based clinical rationale provided. The use of seating components (cushions, back supports, secondary seating devices) to ensure safety and full use of Active Reach will be reviewed as well.

This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate. 

Date: November 2, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Free for CAOT-BC members
$20 for non-members

If you have any questions about registration please contact CAOT-BC.

For questions about the Assistive Tech & Seating Practice Network, please contact Emma Smith


Thursday, 19 October 2017

A Message from MCFD: New Provider for Medical Benefits Program

Please be advised that effective, December 1, 2017, HME Mobility & Accessibility will be the provider of durable equipment loan and repair services for the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Medical Benefits program.

As of October 31, 2017 the Canadian Red Cross will no longer provide durable medical equipment loans, repairs, or recycling through the Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Services (CMERLS).
  • Please submit all requests for durable equipment repairs to the Medical Benefits program.
  • Durable equipment loans through the CMERLS program will be on hold for the month of November. 
  • Durable equipment recycling through the CMERLS program will be on hold for the month of November.  Please ask families to hold on to the equipment to be recycled until December 1, 2017.  After that, families may contact HME Mobility & Accessibility to recycle durable medical equipment.

New forms and processes will be communicated provided prior to the transition date.

For additional information, please contact the Medical Benefits program, toll-free at
1-888-613-3232, or by email at  

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

VRA BC Annual Training Day: Friday, November 3rd, 2017


The BC Chapter of the Vocational Rehabilitation Association (VRA) of Canada would like to extend an invitation to CAOT members in BC and across Canada to our upcoming annual Training Day on Friday, November 3, 2017 at the Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel in Surrey, BC.  This event will be available via live streaming for those unable to attend in person.
With changes to how cannabis is legislated in Canada pending for 2018 VRA BC is pleased to present an entire day devoted to the complex topic of substance use disorders and the workplace explored through the lenses of medicine, law and vocational rehabilitation.  Our morning speaker is one of the leading experts in addiction medicine in British Columbia, Dr. Paul Farnan, who will address the topics of substance use disorders (SUDs) and the workplace, and safe and sustainable return to work practices for individuals after completion of primary treatment of SUDs.
During the afternoon session Drew Demerse and J. Geoffrey Howard with Roper Greyell LLP Employment + Labour Lawyers will share their perspective as counsel on issues including marijuana and the workplace, employer obligations to ensure its employees are unimpaired and fit for work, how an employer’s duty to accommodate disabilities interacts with this obligation, obligations of disclosure, and how employers are preparing for the legalization of marijuana.
This exciting day will culminate with an interactive presentation from Nora Bryant, Business Development Manager and Carson McPherson, Managing Director with Cedars at Cobble Hill, a full service residential addiction treatment centre located on Vancouver Island.  During this session Nora and Carson will provide participants on opportunity to gain awareness of personal blind spots/biases related to addiction through a guided self-exploration exercise and a case study.  The session will introduce participants to how their perceptions and biases impact effective case management and outcomes when managing complex files with addiction/chronic pain components.
For further information on this event and to register please visit    

Monday, 16 October 2017

UBC Research Relays for Rehabilitative Practice: Free Webinars

Graduates of the UBC Master of Rehabilitation Science program will be sharing their research in a series of free webinars, and you’re invited to join.

Fall 2017 Series

November 3 - noon to 1:00pm Pacific Time
Early Identification and Early Intervention for Children with DCD: State of the Evidence
Presenter: Emily Lee

November 17 - noon to 1:00pm Pacific Time
Exploring the Role of Community-Based Recreation Therapy in Mental Health Recovery
Presenter: Jessica Ariss

November 24 - noon to 1:00pm Pacific Time
“Printing Like a Pro!: Classroom Teachers’ Perceptions of the Program & Use of the Program in a School-based Printing Club
Presenter: Ivonne Montgomery

November 28 - noon to 1:00pm Pacific Time
An Exploration into how Occupational Therapists and Therapy Assistants are Collaborating in Acute Care
Presenter: Louise Donnellan

Please register here at least 48 hours prior to session date 

Friday, 13 October 2017

Wellness Show 2018 Call for Volunteers


Can you help? We are recruiting volunteers to assist with our exhibit table at the Wellness Show 2018. Each year CAOT-BC hosts an exhibit at this event and with over 20,000 visitors attending the 2-day event, this is an excellent opportunity to continue our public awareness campaign to promote occupational therapy.
On the day of the shift, volunteers will also have the opportunity to explore the trade show, without the cost of admission.
WHEN:   February 17-18, 2018
WHERE:  Under the Sails, East Building (Hall B & C) | Vancouver Convention Centre

Available volunteer shifts:
Feb 17, 2018: 10am-230pm and 230pm-7pm
Feb 18, 2018: 10am-2pm and 230-6pm
Email to sign up


Thursday, 12 October 2017

Triumph Mobility: The Escape


At Triumph Mobility Inc. we take great pride in offering our customers the most innovative products with great service, support and value.
The Escape, is the most reliable, sturdy T-frame, lightweight rollator on the market. Our customers love the easy spring assist folding action seat, which makes it easy to lift and put into a car. The seven-degree angle of the anatomical handles promote walking with better posture, and makes it safer and more comfortable to walk between the rear wheels. We also offer the best warranty on the market.  Lifetime warranty on the frame, 5-year replacement on the brake handle assembly, and 1 year on all other parts.

You can recommend the ESCAPE with confidence.

Please visit our website

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Join us for the COTBC - CAOT-BC - UBC cOnnecT Day on Oct 28

The COTBC - CAOT-BC - UBC cOnnecT Day is back! 

When: October 28, 2017; 8:00am - 1:15pm
Where: Vancouver Airport Marriott Hotel

A few of the highlights include: 
  • Keynote address from Isobel Mackenzie, BC Seniors Advocate
  • UBC poster presentation and networking session
  • Updates from CAOT-BC and UBC Department of OS & OT
  • Presentation of the Outstanding Occupational Therapist of the Year Award to Dr. Susan Forwell
Dr. Susan Forwell is a dedicated Canadian occupational therapist and scientist who has sustained an incredible commitment to her professional community since graduating with her BSc(OT) 35 years ago. Her work, both paid and unpaid, has served her clients with chronic conditions and their loved ones, as well as her students, colleagues and the interdisciplinary community.  


Monday, 9 October 2017

CAOT-BC Bariatric Care Practice Network Meeting: October 16 , 2017

Topic: Q & A with Maureen Fowler & Pam Hung
Please submit specific topics and questions to prior to this meeting. 

Maureen Fowler is an occupational therapist for the Medicine Hat Bariatric Specialty Clinic and the Medicine Hat Alberta Health Living Program. She is a University of Alberta graduate working and living in Medicine Hat for the past 13 years (originally from Penticton B.C.).
She is the full time OT for interdisciplinary Bariatric Specialty Clinic which has approximately 330 active clients at this time. She provides individual, group and psycho-educational intervention for clients and is also involved in the development of the OT role within the Alberta Health Living Program (Chronic Disease Management) for local and Southern Alberta. Maureen currently sits on the steering committee and chairs a working group for the Medicine Hat Bariatric Friendly Hospital Project.

Pam Hung is the occupational therapist with the Provincial Bariatric Resource Team. She provides clinical consultation, education and leadership to health professionals working with people with obesity. She has been involved in developing clinical resources, including videos for health professionals on safe client handling. Pam has worked in acute care, and in the Edmonton Adult Bariatric Specialty Clinic. She has also been an instructor at the University of Alberta for OT and health science students.

This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate. 

Date: October 16, 2017
Time: 12:15pm - 1:15pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Free for CAOT-BC members
$20 for non-members

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe:


Friday, 6 October 2017

Get Ready for World Occupational Therapy Day

October 27 is World Occupational Therapy Day, and this year’s theme is: “Inform Inspire Influence.”

Here are a few ways you can take part in this important day for occupational therapy:
  • Join the OT Virtual Exchange (#OTVx17) an 8-hour interactive online conference with many exciting speakers including Handicap International, World Health Organization (WHO) and others.
  • Check out the WFOT Guide to World Occupational Therapy Day 2017– A useful resource to help you plan and organise the event together with links to exclusive promotional offers. 
  • Download the World Occupational Therapy Day 2017 official logo, posters, social media pack and desktop calendar – use these to spread the word about World Occupational Therapy Day!
  • Join the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) and connect with people around the world to share news and ideas about World Occupational Therapy Day.

To access these resources, check out the WFOT Resource Centre and Filter Resources by Category: “World OT Day”

More info on World OT Day available from WFOT


Thursday, 5 October 2017

A message to registrants of the upcoming DMJOT Course

After the recent tragedy of losing our dear colleague Dianna Mah-Jones, we would like to let you know that the following course will go ahead:

Manual Therapy Strategies for the Adult Neurological
Population: Upper Quadrant
Teresa Siebold B.H.Sc.PT, B.Sc., NDTATM PT Instructor
October 21 & 22, 2017 in Vancouver

Please confirm your registration with Melissa Austin:

Phone: 604-862-1689