Friday, 25 May 2018

CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day

CAOT-BC is offering another Networking & Education Day in 2018 in Vancouver!

When: September 28, 2018
Motion Specialties, 101 – 8255 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, BC
Agenda and more information
Can't attend in person? Attend the afternoon sessions remotely via webinar!

This exciting day will include:

Working Together to Enhance Social Outcomes of Housing Investment
Elizabeth Tang, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC) Knowledge Transfer Consultant in BC

Changes to people’s health, household composition, or finance can impact housing needs. Successfully accommodating these changes requires a variety of strategies including housing models that integrates support services, and home design and modifications that respond to the needs and enhance quality of life. 
Drawing on the work from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the presenter will provide an overview of: 1) resources available for occupational therapists to help their clients make informed decisions, whether they are seniors, caregivers, having poor mobility or low vision, or are simply planning for the future; and 2) the accessibility requirements in the National Housing Co-Investment Fund program for new and repaired housing units that promote universal design and visitability, and how input from occupational therapists can be valuable for builders and contractors applying for the funding. 

In person: CAOT-BC Member $99; Student Member $49; Non-Member $149
Webinar (1:30-3:30pm only): CAOT-BC Member $25; Non-member $50  


Thursday, 24 May 2018

Upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network Meeting: Assistive Tech & Seating

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

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

Please note: Our registration process has changed. Instead of a CAOT-BC confirmation email, you will instead receive a confirmation email from GoToWebinar at least one week prior to the webinar date. This email will include webinar details and instructions for accessing the webinar. 

Assistive Technology & Seating 

Topic: Invacare Canada Updates
Date: May 31, 2018
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Registration Deadline: 
May 30 | 12:00pm

Description: As part of our ongoing effort to provide continuing knowledge of new products from major manufacturers, Jason Hrynyk will be presenting on new developments and offerings from Invacare Canada. He will specifically be reviewing the TDXSP2 powered wheelchair with LiNX Elecctronics and Adaptivd Load Compensation, and the ROBI X3 mid wheel drive power chair, as well as three manual wheelchairs - the NXT Folding Tilt-in-Space, MyOn HC, and the ProSPIN X4.

Presenter: Jason Hrynyk is the Territory Business Manager for the Seating & Mobility product portfolio for Invacare Canada in Greater Vancouver and Vancouver Island. Jason has been part of the Invacare team for the past 10 years and has worked in the DME industry since 2007.


Wednesday, 23 May 2018

NCCAH Webinar: Culturally Safe Children's Rehabilitation Services

Making steps towards the provision of culturally safe children's rehabilitation services with Indigenous communities, families and children

In the spirit of Jordan's Principle, there is no better time to explore and rethink how children's rehabilitation/early intervention therapy services (occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physiotherapy) with Indigenous communities, families, and children can be provided in ways that are consistent with the principles of cultural safety.

The webinar will be based on Dr. Gerlach's recent NCCAH publication on this topic and will draw on her 20-year history and extensive experience of providing occupational therapy with families and children in partnership with First Nations, and Indigenous early years programs and organizations in British Columbia.

When: June 7, 2018 | 11:00am-12:30pm PST

Webinar Goals:

This webinar will provide participants with:
  • A critical analysis of the concept of 'children's rehabilitation' in the context of Indigenous families and children in Canada.
  • An understanding of how children's rehabilitation programs and practices with Indigenous communities, families and children can be responsive to the historical and ongoing effects of colonization in Canada.
  • A review of current practices that are aligned with the principles of cultural safety.

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Alison Gerlach, CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and MSFHR Research Trainee 
Dr. Alison Gerlach is currently a CIHR Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and MSFHR Research Trainee with Dr. Margo Greenwood at the National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health (NCCAH) at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC). Alison's research focuses on the development of inclusive and responsive knowledges, and early childhood and family policies and practices that address social justice and health equity issues for families and children who live with various structural forms of social disadvantage. Her work explores questions that are of interest to early childhood, child advocacy, child welfare, and health and social service organizations. Alison will be joining the University of Victoria in the summer of 2018 as an Assistant Professor in the School of Child and Youth Care.

Recommended Readings:

Gerlach, A. (2018). Exploring socially-responsive approaches to children's rehabilitation with Indigenous communities, families, and children. Prince George, BC: National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health.

Gerlach, A. J., Browne, A. J., & Greenwood, M. (2017). Engaging Indigenous families in a community-based early childhood program in British Columbia, Canada: A cultural safety perspective. Health & Social Care in the Community, 25(6), 1763-1773. doi: 10.1111/hsc.12450

Gerlach, A. J., Browne, A. J., & Suto, M. J. (2018). Relational approaches to fostering health equity for Indigenous children through early childhood interventionHealth Sociology Review, 27(1), 104-119. doi: 10.1080/14461242.2016.1231582


Friday, 18 May 2018

Resource for your practice: Pro-Bono Counselling Services

Chuck Jung Associates is now offering pro-bono counselling services to the people with traumatic brain injury and their families at both their Burnaby and Port Coquitlam offices.

Requirements include:
  • A reasonable level of communication skills for counselling
  • ICBC/insurance cases have been settled or resolved 2+ years ago
  • Client is not undergoing any criminal investigation
  • Client has no other source of funding for treatment (e.g. ICBC, WSBC, insurance)
  • Client has no history of physical violence

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Thursday, 17 May 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 in person.

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”.


Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Evidence for your Practice: Improving Upper Limb Function Poststroke

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Article for review:
Wattchow, K.A., McDopnnell, M.N., & Hillier, S.L. (2018). Rehabilitation interventions for upper limb function in the first four weeks following stroke: A systematic review and meta-analysis of the evidence. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 99(2), 367-82. doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2017.06.014

This systematic review investigates the evidence for a range of interventions for upper limb (UL) function in adults within 4 weeks poststroke.  The review included “any physical therapy (PT) or occupational therapy (OT) technique designed to address impairment and/or activity of the affected UL after stroke,” but did not distinguish between interventions in evaluating efficacy for intervention.

Meta-analyses revealed support for modified constraint-induced movement therapy (mCIMT) and task-specific training in improving UL functional outcomes.  The review also suggests biofeedback and electrical stimulation are useful as supplementary therapies to support UL rehabilitation poststroke.  On the other hand, the review discourages using Bobath therapy.  Insufficient evidence was found to either support or refute other OT/PT interventions (air splints, bilateral arm training, circuit class therapy, somatosensory interventions, Kinesio Tape, mechanical arm trainer, medication, mirror box therapy, music therapy passive movement, reflex inhibiting/immobilization, robotics, shoulder strapping/orthosis, static positional strength training, and virtual reality training/video gaming). 

Read the abstract

Post by Alana Marshall, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC


Monday, 14 May 2018

Upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network Meetings

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

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

Please note: Our registration process has changed. Instead of a CAOT-BC confirmation email, you will instead receive a confirmation email from GoToWebinar at least one week prior to the webinar date. This email will include webinar details and instructions for accessing the webinar. 

Chronic Pain & Occupational Therapy 

Topic: Work Wellness and Disability Prevention: What types of resources are you seeking?
Date: May 23, 2018
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Registration Deadline:
May 22 | 12:00pm

Description: The Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute’s mandate is to create and sustain work wellness, prevent disability, eliminate impairment-related job loss, and worklessness for those with, or at risk of, chronic and episodic health-related challenges. In this interactive presentation Dr. White will provide an overview of programs, activities and free educational resources relevant to occupational therapists and patients. He is seeking input on high priority information needs of occupational therapists interested in work wellness, stay at work and return to work.  The charity is also involved in several research and educational projects and welcomes the participation of occupational therapists in their activities.

Presenter: Marc White PhD is co-founder and CEO/President of the Work Wellness and Disability Prevention Institute, formerly called the Canadian Institute for the Relief of Pain and Disability. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. Dr. White was a principal investigator affiliated with AUTO21, Networks of Centres of Excellence (2009-2015). He held an appointment as Research Fellow in Medicine, Harvard Medical School and at the Division of Rheumatology, Immunology & Allergy, Brigham and Women’s Hospital (2005 – 2008) and was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (2003-2005).


Thursday, 10 May 2018

CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day: Registration Now Open!

Mark your calendars! CAOT-BC is offering another Networking & Education Day in 2018 in Vancouver. 

When: September 28, 2018
Motion Specialties, 101 – 8255 North Fraser Way, Burnaby, BC

Agenda and more information

This exciting day will include:

Introduction to Coaching Skills Workshop 

Helen WaleMA, ACC, CPHR.

Are you...?
  • Interested in increasing your effectiveness as a leader or supervisor?
  • Wanting to help your teams identify and achieve their goals?
  • Keen to improve your communication skills and work performance?

During this introductory workshop, participants will be introduced to basic skills to use in successful coach-approach conversations. You will discover powerful coaching techniques that will enhance and grow your communication and leadership skills.

Workshop Outcomes
  • Understand the difference between coaching and mentoring
  • Strengthen listening and questioning skills
  • Practice real coaching conversations

Benefits of coaching
Helps new leaders and managers improve communication, goal setting, deal with performance issues and “burnout”.

At a team level, coaching can:
Accelerate performance and team effectiveness through improved collaborations and decision-making.

Support training and development (e.g. communication skills, time management and prioritization).


In person: CAOT-BC Member $99; Student Member $49; Non-Member $149
Webinar (1:30-3:30pm only): CAOT-BC Member $25; Non-member $50  


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

CAOT-BC 3rd Annual OT Day at the Legislature

CAOT-BC hosted the 3rd Occupational Therapy Day at the Legislature on May 7th, 2018. With a delegation of 13 CAOT-BC representatives, CAOT-BC hosted an open house for Ministers and MLAs and followed by attendance at question period. This was an excellent opportunity to engage Ministers and MLAs in discussions related to the critical role occupational therapy plays in the health and well-being of British Columbians and to highlight and advocate the need to strengthen our BC workforce.

We would like to thank Minister of Health Adrian Dix for welcoming us and his warm introduction of the delegation in the legislature [start time 01:36:20pm].

Occupational Therapy Representatives 

We would also like to express our gratitude to the CAOT-BC members who made up the volunteer delegation and to all members who contacted their MLAs to invite them to the open house. Your invitations made a significant difference as seen by the record number of RSVPs this year including 14 Ministers, 20 MLAs and 13 additional ministerial staff. 

Volunteer delegation:

  • Tracy Adams - Vancouver Coastal Health, Mental Health & Addiction Intervention Practice Network
  • Dr. Skye Barbic – University of British Columbia
  • Meredith Blinkhorn – CAOT-BC Fieldwork Student (UBC MOT)
  • Jeanette Boily – Vancouver Coastal Health
  • Jeff Boniface – UBC graduate student
  • Laura Bulk - Chair, CAOT-BC Advisory Committee
  • Nicole Crampton – Northern Health
  • Stephanie Glegg - Knowledge Broker Facilitator, Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children
  • Amit Kumar – CAOT-BC Private Practice Business Network
  • Allison Patterson – Vancouver Island Health, CAOT-BC Advisory Committee
  • Michelle Pidduck – Interior Health

BC Government
We heard positive feedback from those in attendance including:
  • Hon. Adrian Dix (Minister of Health)
  • Hon. Judy Darcy (Minister of Mental Health & Addictions)
  • Hon. David Eby (Attorney General)
  • Hon. Melanie Mark (Minister of Advanced Education, Skills & Training)
  • Hon. Doug Donaldson (Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource & Rural Development)
  • MLA Anne Kang (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Health on Seniors)
  • MLA Mitzi Dean (Esquimalt - Metchosin)
  • MLA Simon Gibson (Abbotsford - Mission)
  • MLA Leonard Krog (Nanaimo)
  • MLA Ronna-Rae Leonard (Courtenay-Comox)
  • MLA Norm Letnick (Kelowna – Lake Country)
  • MLA Jane Thornthwaite (North Vancouver – Seymour) 
  • MLA Laurie Throness (Chilliwack – Kent)
  • MLA Linda Larson (Boundary – Similkameen) 
  • MLA Joan Isaacs (Coquitlam – Burke Mountain)
  • MLA Ben Stewart (Kelowna – West) 
  • Jeff Groot (Office of Attorney General) 

A sincere thank you to CAOT-BC members who reached out and personally invited MLAs to attend and have made contributions to our public awareness initiatives. We can’t do this without you!

Looking ahead, CAOT-BC will continue with active engagement with key government and stakeholders to build meaningful government relations to advance on issues that matter to BC occupational therapists.

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Monday, 7 May 2018

CAOT-BC at HSA Convention 2018

On Friday April 27th, 2018 CAOT-BC attended the 47th annual Health Sciences Association (HSA) convention in Vancouver BC. Over 250 healthcare professionals from around the province gathered to discuss the 2018 HSA Annual Report.

Resolutions were debated over the course of two days, covering the areas of education, equality and social action, governance, health services, and labour relations.

Resolutions of note included:
  • The HSA will “continue to resource the work that is being done on excessive workload through policy grievances and other means to improve members’ working conditions.” (Carried)
  • The HSA will “lobby the provincial government and with [their] partners to provide funding required to provide adequate staffing levels in health care and community social services” (Carried)
  • The HSA will “work with provincial government to review and expand the Child and Youth with Special Needs criteria to meet the needs of children with a broader range of disabilities.” (Carried)
  • The HSA will “continue to advocate and lobby the Ministry of Children and Family Development and the provincial government to designate early intervention services as critical and provide financial resources consistent, attainable, and quality early intervention.” (Carried)
  • The HSA will “lobby the government to improve services in residential care facilities across the province and ensure fairness across facilities by allocating resources more equitably, providing medically necessary equipment and staffing appropriately.” (Carried)
  • The HSA will “advocate and lobby for the provincial government for mental health services for children and youth.”  (Carried)

In addition to the resolutions, different committees within HSA, such as the Political Action Committee, provided an annual report on their initiatives. The Political Action Committee shared their success with the Constituency Liaison program, in which HSA members are trained to meet with their MLAs to share information about HSA, for example the effectiveness of multidisciplinary teams in treating mental health and additions. As well, the committee highlighted the success of Foundry and the establishment of seven new facilities across the province.

The Minister of Health, the Honourable Adrian Dix, was a guest speaker. He discussed provincial health initiatives, such as team-based primary care and reducing surgical wait times, as well as the importance of addressing the social determinants of health in reducing health inequality and improving access to public care in British Columbia.

Another point of interest was that HSA members across health disciplines met to establish bargaining priorities, such as workload and wages, for the March 2019 collective bargaining agreement with the provincial government. CAOT-BC will be following this as it unfolds.

To learn more about HSA, their initiatives, and how they represent occupational therapists visit

Post by Meredith Blinkhorn, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC.