Wednesday, 19 February 2020

PAID ADVERTISEMENT: Bottom Line Conference on Workplace Mental Health

This Canadian Mental Health Association’s exciting Bottom Line Conference will feature keynote speeches from lawyer Ardith (Walpetko We’dalx) Walkem of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and diversity and inclusion professional Marni Panas. 

The conference theme, Dismantling Barriers, Opening Doors: Inclusion at Work, explores how one’s sense of belonging – or lack of belonging – affects worker psychological health and safety and impacts workplace culture.

We will hear from those with lived experience speak about how being included or excluded affected their health, workplace participation, and recovery. We will hear about the ways in which exclusion shows up at work: as bullying, and as the systemic bias that fuels bullying such as racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and transphobia. We will also listen for stories where loneliness is transformed through the kind of meaningful connections that can develop when our work is a community. 

Presented by the Canadian Mental Health Association, the annual conference provides an opportunity to build skills and share real experiences and successes while working towards the common goal of transforming Canadian workplaces into psychologically safe and supportive places where everyone can work safely and thrive.

Register soon! The deadline for registration is February 21. Learn more and register at


Tuesday, 18 February 2020

Training Workshop: Supporting Individuals with Autism in Health Care Settings

Canucks Autism Network and Kids Physio Cambie is offering a workshop that will provide an overview of autism and introduce attendees to a range of applied strategies: 

  • Increasing predictability
  • Enhancing communication
  • Using visual supports
  • Providing support during difficulty
When: March 8th, 2020 from 1:00-3:30pm PST
Where: Vancouver General Hospital
Registration and more information:


Friday, 14 February 2020

CAOT-BC Primary Care Community of Practice Exploratory Meeting

Occupational therapists have a vital role in the model of team-based care that is central to the BC government's new primary care strategy. We would like to invite occupational therapists with an interest in primary care service delivery to an exploratory meeting on March 24, 2020.
This meeting will be an opportunity to discuss the potential purpose and parameters of a CAOT-BC Primary Care Community of Practice. 

Date: March 24, 2020
Time: 12:00-1:00pm PST
Location: Teleconference
Please RSVP to


Wednesday, 12 February 2020

New practice resource available from CAOT-BC: Occupational Therapy and Primary Care

CAOT-BC is pleased to share a new briefing note: Occupational Therapy and Primary Care

This CAOT-BC Briefing Note outlines the vital role that occupational therapists can play in primary care, particularly as members of a primary care team.

Check out our full list of briefing notes and issue papers here.


Monday, 10 February 2020

Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC

In the Quality Team Coaching for Rural BC program (QTC4RBC), rural health care teams work with an ICF-certified coach to identify their values and priorities, develop their collective and individual skills, and access resources to help build a culture of safety, learning and quality that leads to positive patient and provider experiences and high-quality patient care. The program provides: 
  • An in-person coaching workshop; 
  • Up to four virtual team coaching sessions after the workshop and up to three one-on-one coaching sessions for leadership;
  • A concierge service linking your team to programs and resources in BC;
  • Financial support up to $40,000 that may be used for further team educational opportunities or to cover expenses of a quality improvement project. Note this funding is not eligible to be used for remuneration or backfill; 
  • Opportunity to work on a quality project of your choosing with mentorship from a quality advisor;
  • This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 21.75 Mainpro+ credits.
Rural health care teams are eligible to apply for this program - Any member of the local health care team is encouraged to take the lead on developing an application including occupational therapists.
Applications from RSA A or B communities will be prioritized. At least one physician must be part of the application team (or 20% if the team is more than 8). Interprofessional and leadership participation in the program significantly strengthens the application. 
Visit the website or contact for more information

The next application deadline is March 15, 2020.


Friday, 7 February 2020

CAOT-BC supportive of new care-based system for ICBC customers

February 6, 2020
For Immediate Release

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists - BC Chapter (CAOT-BC) supports the plan outlined in today’s announcement from the Attorney General to provide better care and recovery benefits while reducing barriers and cost for ICBC customers. The government has announced that they want less delays in access to care and better outcomes for people injured in motor vehicle accidents. We believe these changes will help individuals access the care they need and recover sooner and more thoroughly than they are able to under the current litigation-based model. Occupational therapists provide key services that help people return to their meaningful daily activities following a motor vehicle accident. The increased care benefits available after May 1, 2021 will better allow occupational therapists to help injured drivers, passengers and pedestrians return to their daily lives as soon as possible.
CAOT-BC has been working in collaboration with ICBC to inform best practices in rehabilitation care throughout the changes over the past three years. Continued collaboration between the government, ICBC, health care professionals, and patient advocate groups will be necessary to ensure that the new enhanced care system is successful and effective in delivering the care that those injured in a motor vehicle accident need and deserve. We look forward to continued consultation with the Attorney General’s office and ICBC to help define and implement these transformational changes to health care delivery in a meaningful and thorough way. 

About Occupational Therapy
OTs are regulated health professionals that improve the health and wellbeing of Canadians by creating client-centred solutions that help them participate more fully in activities that are important to their everyday lives. OTs work as valued members in health teams that support people with a variety of physical, mental, or cognitive conditions in their homes, communities, hospitals, workplaces, and schools. Occupational therapy interventions improve lives and save money across the age span in all aspects of society. By considering the individual in his or her environments, an OT is able to determine the skills required to maximize an individual’s potential to participate and thrive in their daily lives.

Tanya Fawkes-Kirby
Managing Director, CAOT-BC
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
1-800-434-2268 ext. 265


Thursday, 6 February 2020

Evidence for your Practice: Interventions for Aggressive and Agitated Behaviors in Dementia

Article for review:
Watt, J. A., Goodarzi, Z., Veroniki, A. A., Nincic, V., Khan, P. A., Ghassemi, M., ... & Straus, S. E. (2019). Comparative Efficacy of Interventions for Aggressive and Agitated Behaviors in Dementia. Ann Intern Med171, 633-642.

Study Aim: To summarize the comparative efficacy of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic interventions for treating aggression and agitation in adults with dementia

Key Findings:

As compared to usual care, the following interventions were found to be more effective:

  • multidisciplinary care
  • massage and touch therapy
  • music combined with massage and touch therapy


Wednesday, 5 February 2020

CAOT-BC at the Wellness Show

CAOT-BC was at the Vancouver Convention Centre this weekend promoting the role of occupational therapy to Wellness Show attendees. A big thank you to our volunteers and Motion for making this event a big success!

Charlotte Ballisager
Holly Reid
Harjit Jassal
Zahra Lalani
Emily Bennett
Katie Eichar
Shelly Dornian
Natan Adelman
Hayley Sims
Rozmin Irani


Tuesday, 4 February 2020

Resource for review from the CAOT-BC Occupation in Practice Network

The CAOT-BC Occupation in Practice Network has been working to develop a new resource for occupational therapists, and is requesting your feedback.
This Practice Network meets with the purpose of discussing our understandings of occupation, the benefits and challenges of occupation-centred practice, and sharing strategies around how to bring occupation more into focus in our work.

This resource was developed with the purpose of providing a list of actions that any occupational therapist can take to bring occupation into their practice, regardless of practice area or setting. It is intended to provide a general overview of possible strategies, with the intention being to eventually develop further documents are provide more specific resources for these strategies.  

If you are interested in providing feedback on this resource, please:
  1. Review the resource
  2. Complete this questionnaire
The deadline for review is February 14, 2020. Please share with your networks.


Monday, 3 February 2020

Your mOnTh at a Glance


UBC OT Fieldwork Educator Preparation Workshops
Dates: February - April 2020

Location: Webinar and UBC Vancouver Campus
More information


Date: February 26, 2020
Time: 4:30-5:30pm PST
Location: Teleconference and in person (Prince George)
Registration and more information

Private Practice Business Network Meeting
Date: March 10, 2020
Time: 4:00-5:30pm PST
Location: Teleconference


OT voice needed at the World Cafe: Community Conversation Around Life After Stroke
You're invited to participate and share your community context, the resources, challenges, barriers and possible solutions to support life after stroke.  
When: February 7, 2020 11:00am-4:30pm
Where: Bighouse & K'omoks First Nation, Courtenay, BC
Contact Diana Shields at for more info

HSA Professional Development Funding
Applications are now being accepted for funding to support HSA members who work under the Health Science Professionals Collective Agreement (HSPBA) and who are pursuing professional development.
Download the fund guidelines and application form from the HSA website