Friday, 15 February 2019

CAOT-BC grant applications now open

Applications are now open for the CAOT-BC grant programs. Both grants are open to all CAOT-BC members. The deadline for submission is May 31, 2019.

2019 CAOT-BC Dianna Mah-Jones Memorial Grant for Innovation

The CAOT-BC Dianna Mah-Jones Memorial Grant for Innovation was established in memory of Dianna Mah-Jones, who was a creative and tireless advocate and activist for innovation and excellence in client care. This is an annual grant of up to $500 to support CAOT-BC members to participate in continuing education that will enable them to gain skills, knowledge, and competence to deliver innovative direct client care. This grant can be used towards registration fees to any course, workshop, conference, or other educational session that is relevant to the applicant’s area of practice.

The CAOT-BC Research & Education Grant provides up to 2 grants of $500 annually to support CAOT-BC members to present occupational therapy research and/or education at either the CAOT national conference or other related conferences. This grant is a member benefit contributing to the growth of evidence on occupational therapy and occupational science.


Thursday, 14 February 2019

Registration now open: CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day

Its time to register! CAOT-BC is coming to Victoria for our annual Networking & Education Day. 

When: April 26, 2019 (rescheduled); 9:00am-4:00pm
Hillside Seniors Health Center, 1454 Hillside Ave Victoria, BC
Agenda and more information

This exciting day will include:

Impaired Self-Awareness after Brain Injury
Presented by Julia Schmidt, BSc (OT), PhD

This workshop is intended for occupational therapists who want to (1) enhance understanding of impaired self-awareness after brain impairment and (2) use evidence-based occupational therapy interventions to improve clients’ impaired self-awareness. Learning will be undertaken through lecture, practical sessions, and group discussions.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  1. Identify the theoretical components of self-awareness
  2. Describe the relevant assessments for impaired self-awareness; apply these to a case study example
  3. Identify interventions to improve impaired self-awareness
  4. Prepare a clinical intervention program to improve self-awareness based on a case study
  5. Explain the evidence regarding effectiveness interventions for impaired self-awareness after brain injury.

In person: CAOT-BC Member $99; Student Member $49; Non-Member $149
Webinar (1:00-4:00pm only): CAOT-BC Member $25; Non-member $50  


Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network Meeting: Dysphagia

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. 


Date: February 26, 2019
Time: 12:00 - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar


Join Janice Duivestein for discussion on the OT role in instrumental exam, dysphagia education opportunities and updates on the IDDSI and Canadian IDDSI Expert Reference Group.


Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Evidence for OT: OT predischarge home assessments for patients w/ hip fractures reduce hospital readmissions

A recent randomized control trial in Clinical Rehabilitation indicates that predischarge home assessments by an occupational therapist have a number of benefits for patients with hip fractures, including: 
1. Reduced risk of readmissions to hospital 
2. Increased functional independence at six months, and
3. Possible reduction in falls during the 30 days following discharge.

Read the article


Monday, 11 February 2019

Private Practice Fee Survey 2019 now open

CAOT-BC is currently reviewing occupational therapy rates in British Columbia. The CAOT-BC Private Practice Fee Survey is administered biennially and results are used to update the "Private Practice OT Services in BC: Survey Results and Suggested Fee Guideline" document published by CAOT-BCThe fee survey information is widely used by a variety of stakeholders who fund occupational therapy services. If you work in private practice (part or full time) please provide your input before March 8th @ 12:00pm.

The survey should take approximately 7-10 minutes to complete. Questions address rehabilitation services, medical-legal services, rehabilitation assistant services as well as administrative charges.

The survey will be open from February 11 to March 8, 2019 here:

Thank you for your participation.


Friday, 8 February 2019

BC Ministry of Health Career Opportunity: Senior Manager, Allied Health Workforce

Health Human Resources and Labour Relations (HHRLR) Division at the Ministry of Health

Senior Manager, Allied Health Workforce

Regular full time
Salary range: $73,400.00 - $101,900.00 annually
Closing date: February 10, 2019

The Program manager is the Provincial expert for allied health education, practice, clinical integration, recruitment and retention to lead systemic change for allied health professions/occupations across the continuum of care. This work is achieved through delivery of innovative service models that maximize opportunities and optimal scopes of practice to ensure a capable health workforce is in place to meet the current and future health care needs of the province.  The position provides authoritative advice, interpretation and/or consultation services across government and with senior level stakeholders while leading a team who provide expertise in the field of allied health human resources and professional practice.


Thursday, 7 February 2019

CAOT-BC at the Wellness Show

CAOT-BC hosted a booth at the Wellness Show in Vancouver this past weekend delivering free falls screens and falls prevention education for the public.

A big thank you to all of our volunteers for making this possible:

Laura Bulk
Negin Maghzy
Soutomi Kundu
Megan Nagtegaal
Courtney Low
Shannon Jameson
Sandra Hartney
Rishma Dhalla
Katie Eichar
Cloe Whittaker
Tracy Dietrich


Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Save the date: CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day in Victoria

The CAOT-BC Networking & Education Day is coming to the island! 

When: (Rescheduled) April 26, 2019
Where: Hillside Senior’s Health Center | 1454 Hillside Ave Victoria, BC

Be sure to mark your calendars (you won't want to miss this one)! 

Registration and details coming soon. 


Monday, 4 February 2019

Update from ICBC

New business partner pages
New ICBC business partner pages have gone live to better support you as we move towards the new business processes April 1st. These pages, which you can find on the left-hand navigation panel on the Health services page, contain specific information for your practitioner group, with the purpose of being a central place to go for all the information you need to know about treatment guidelines, fees and new processes.

Bookmark this page to your browser for easy reference, as we will continue to add additional information as we move closer to April 1st, and beyond.

We’d like to hear from you
To ensure that we are communicating information to you in the best way possible, we have developed a short exit survey you will find when you visit our partner page. If you have a few minutes, we encourage you to complete this survey so we can ensure you are getting all the information you need and so we can make any improvements to the way we communicate with you.

What’s next?
In addition to the new business partner pages, you can expect to receive more information and resources around invoicing, reporting, vendor number management, and training in the coming weeks.

Should you have any questions or comments in the meantime, we recommend you view our FAQ document or complete our dedicated online feedback form.


Friday, 1 February 2019

Upcoming CAOT-BC Practice Network Meeting: Pediatric

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. 

Pediatric Practice Network

Ready to play? 
Date: February 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 7:30pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar and in person (Vancouver)

Description: Through a case study of a young child with autism, participants will gain an understanding of key features of the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) and social referencing, the role of Occupational Therapy (OT) within this practice model, and strategies for engaging very young children with autism in play-based behavioural therapy. 

Presenters: Andrea Schneider and Emily Lee are occupational therapists working at Nurture Society for Learning and 
Development in Vancouver, BC. Their practice incorporates the Early Start Denver Model  into their early intervention services for young children with autism.  

Andrea Schneider completed a Masters of Science in Experimental Neuropsychology at the University of Victoria (UVic) in 2012, and a Masters of Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia in 2014. Her research at UVic focused on the assessment of executive function, and she directed a research lab focused on improving intervention for school-aged children with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  

Emily Lee completed her undergraduate degree in occupational therapy at the University of Toronto in 2002.  She has spent much of her career in pediatrics, working primarily in community based early intervention services. Emily completed her Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences through the University of British Columbia in 2017, focusing her final directed studies on a scoping review of the research literature regarding early identification of and intervention for Developmental Coordination Disorder.