Friday, 22 June 2018

Autism Speaks Canada Walk

CAOT-BC will be hosting a booth at the Autism Speaks Canada Resource Fair again this year! 
Planning on attending? Now is a great time to start thinking about registering your walk team for the 2018 Vancouver/Richmond Walk.

Do You have Talent? New for 2018 - the Spectrum Showcase!

The 2018 Vancouver Walk has launched the “Spectrum Showcase” to provide the many artists on the autism spectrum the opportunity to have their work showcased and enjoyed by our many walk patrons. Their goal is to have many creative voices heard through their art with the ARTism Exhibit and now on the live entertainment stage. 

Autism Speaks Canada is presently collecting names and images from artists that they hope to incorporate into the Sept 30 "ARTism" & “Spectrum Showcase” event and to highlight through-out the year. Artists are invited to submit their projects for viewing. Artists of all ages are welcome.  If you, a member of your family, someone you know, or someone you represent or work with is an artist/entertainer on the autism spectrum, Autism Speaks Canada would love to hear from you.  

For further information or to complete an application please contact Janet Anderson:

Cell: 604-369-3471 
Toll free: 1-888-362-6227 (207)


Thursday, 21 June 2018

Provide your input to improve the Disability Tax Credit for people with disabilities

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) offers significant benefits for people with disabilities who qualify, including: 

  • Opportunity to open a Disability Savings Plan
  • Up to $50,000 in government grants and bonds
  • Non-refundable tax credits ($8,113 in 2017)

Did you know that occupational therapists are authorized to complete the DTC application for certain clients? 

The Disability Advisory Committee is seeking feedback from occupational therapists which will inform the recommendations to improve the administration of tax measures for persons living with disabilities.

Complete the survey before June 22, 2018

Your participation is voluntary and all survey responses will remain confidential and anonymous. Please note that the CRA will make raw, anonymized survey data available to medical associations upon request.


Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Webinar: Gel and Air Seating Technologies for Pressure Redistribution

CAOT-BC has partnered with HMEDA and BCCPA to bring you an education webinar series. 

The next upcoming webinar is: Gel and Air Seating Technologies for Pressure Redistribution 

When: June 27, 2018 | 12:10pm-12:55pm
Where: GoToWebinar

Description: The goal of our presentation is too look at a broader spectrum of factors that influence the prescription of air cushions over gel cushions. It is a well known fact that air cushions are the best option for redistributing pressure for clients, but in certain scenarios, the need for higher maintenance and support can lead them to cause more issues for clients. We will discuss the factors that may lead a client to have a negative experience with air cushions, and recommend best practices to maintain them as well. This presentation will also review our recommended cushions using both air and gel materials, and review their applications, benefits and maintenance required. 



Tuesday, 19 June 2018

OT in the News: The first privately run multidisciplinary paediatric therapy clinic for the Sea to Sky Corridor

Image credit: The Squamish Chief
Occupational therapist Tara Cain talks about starting her own clinic, what its like working with kids, and the benefits of practicing in an interdisciplinary setting. 

Read the full article in the Squamish Chief


Monday, 18 June 2018

CAOT-BC submits a response to “More physiotherapists need to be trained to meet growing demand”

June 14, 2018

Response to: More physiotherapists need to be trained to meet growing demand (June 13, 2018)

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists BC chapter (CAOT-BC) would like to echo and further build on Ms. Bradstock’s comments on the shortage of vital allied health professionals including occupational therapists.

CAOT-BC has been calling for increased training of occupational therapists in BC to address a workforce shortage since 2012. With only 48 seats at the sole program in BC, the UBC occupational therapy program at the Vancouver campus is the smallest English-speaking program in Canada.

Since 2012, the situation has become even more dire. With a 57% increase in new occupational therapy registrants over the past 5 years, we are not even close to keeping up with demand, let alone ready to fill the many positions that will be needed in the expanding health services including management of joint replacement surgery wait lists, enabling seniors to stay home longer, improved mental health care, expanding the Foundry model, building primary care teams, supporting recovery of injured workers through WorksafeBC and helping ICBC deliver a new care-focused model.

Currently, the BC occupational therapy workforce is heavily reliant on in-migration from other provinces and outside of Canada, and a staggering 70% of our workforce is not trained in BC. If something were to happen to this in-migration pipeline of therapists, where would our workforce come from? The results could be catastrophic to healthcare areas where occupational therapists are key team members. Another factor to consider is the maldistribution of the occupational therapy workforce when matched with the population with the biggest gaps in Fraser Health and Northern Health. Coupled with the reliance on in-migration, the occupational therapy workforce is extremely fragile and not ready to meet the growing demand for services.

The solution is to increase training in BC immediately. CAOT-BC is calling for a doubling in the number of occupational therapists trained in the province from 48 to 96. By doubling the graduating class, not only will this reduce the reliance on in-migration by approximately 50%, but also allow British Columbians who want to become occupational therapists the opportunity to do so. Currently, 14% of program applicants are successful with many others forced to leave the province to seek training elsewhere in Canada or outside of the country. With many job openings and vacant positions, we are missing the opportunity to create jobs that British Columbians are demanding and for which there are many openings.

CAOT-BC recommends that the additional training spaces be put into place via a distributed model with the addition of 8 seats to the UBC Vancouver campus, 24 seats in a Fraser Health cohort and 16 seats in Northern Health, cohorts that are matched to the distribution gaps. With many qualified applicants coming from these regions, we are confident that the distributed cohorts will serve to support recruitment and retention in those underserved regions. 

With a focus on enabling people to engage in necessary daily activities following injury, illness, disability or other barriers, occupational therapists are a vital health care team member. Occupational therapists help individuals overcome these challenges to maximize their participation and function in their daily activities as well as optimize their quality of life.

Giovanna Boniface, OT, Reg. OT (BC)
National Director of Professional Affairs
Managing Director (CAOT-BC)
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
613-523-2268 or 800-434-2268 ext. 265
Fax: 613-523-2552

Thursday, 14 June 2018

Representing occupational therapy at the Walk for Arthritis

Saturday June 2nd dawned cloudy and chilly, but that did not dampen the spirits of those attending the Arthritis Society's annual Walk for Arthritis. One of 8 events around BC, walkers of all ages gathered at Olympic Village in Vancouver for 1 or 5 km walks to raise awareness and funds for arthritis. CAOT-BC shared an "Ask the Expert" table with Physiotherapy Association of BC and Canadian Arthritis Trainee Association, and was represented by Lori Cyr, OT at the Mary Pack Arthritis Program. Lots of people came by the table, from people with arthritis , family members, a potential OT student and members of the public on their way to enjoy the seawall. Conversations ranged from the practical to the metaphysical to the inspirational! And of course, the CAOT-BC jar openers were a big hit.

A big thank you to Lori Cyr for representing CAOT-BC at this event!


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network Meeting: Occupation in Practice

We are pleased to announce an upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network meeting. Meetings are run via webinar and registration is required to participate. 

Cost is free for CAOT-BC members and $20 for non-members. 

Occupation in Practice 

Date: June 18, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: GoToMeeting

Description: No matter what practice area you work in, what setting, as an occupational therapist you were likely taught that occupation is at the core of occupational therapy- but is it? And does it matter? Join us as we delve into what ‘occupation-centred’ practice means, how we use occupation in practice (or not), and the implications for us, clients and the profession as a whole. We will use the following articles to inform our discussion: Aiken, F.E., Fourt, A.M., Cheng, I.K.S., & Polatajko, H.J. (2011). The meaning gap in occupational therapy: Finding meaning in our own occupation. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 294-302. Fisher, A.G. (2013); Occupation-centred, occupation-based, occupation-focused: Same, same or different? Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 162-173.


Monday, 11 June 2018

New Briefing Note: Occupational Therapy and Injured Drivers, Passengers and Pedestrians

Photo by perthhdproductions on / CC BY

CAOT-BC has release a new briefing note
outlining the important role of OTs in the assessment and treatment of people injured in motor vehicle crashes. This document includes a summary of occupational therapy services, process, common misconceptions as well as benefits of occupational therapy to the auto insurer.
This document was developed as a resource for therapists and stakeholders and may be shared widely.

CAOT-BC Briefing Note: Occupational Therapy and Injured Drivers, Passengers and Pedestrians


Friday, 8 June 2018

CAOT-BC Practice Network Meetings at CAOT Conference 2018

Attending CAOT Conference 2018 in Vancouver? Several of the CAOT-BC Practice Networks will be holding in person meetings enabling members to connect face to face.

June 21, 2018 | 12:00-12:55pm
Ergonomics Practice Network
Dysphagia Practice Network
June 22, 2018 | 12:00-12:55pm
Assistive Tech & Seating Practice Network
Leadership Practice Network
Mental Health & Addictions Intervention Practice Network
Pediatric Practice Network

More information available in Conference program under “Lunch Networking”.