Wednesday, 22 February 2017

DATE CHANGED: CarFit Technician Training in Victoria




CarFit is a quick, yet comprehensive 12-point check-up to ensure mature drivers have a safe fit with their vehicle. CarFit in Canada is a cooperative program supported by CAOT and the Canadian Automobile Association.


WHEN:           April 8th, 2017
                      April 1st, 2017
                     9:00am-12:00pm (training)
                     12:00pm-12:45pm (lunch)
                     12:45pm-1:30pm (set-up)
                     1:30pm-4:00pm (driver check-ups)

WHERE:          Saanich Commonwealth Place
                      4636 Elk Lake Drive, Victoria              

REGISTER:   Deadline March 24th, 2017
                    $25 (Includes refreshments, lunch & materials)
                              Technician training is limited to 18 participants

Already trained as a CarFit technician? You can join this event as a volunteer. Send an email to caotbc@caot.ca to sign up.

This is a full-day event, where participants will spend their morning training to be a CarFit Technician followed by the driver "check-up" event.  For more information on CarFit, check out http://www.car-fit.org

Interested in CarFit coming to your community? Let us know!

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

BC Care Providers Association- #CareCanBeThere Campaign


On January 24, the BC Care Providers Association (BCCPA) announced the release of their report Strengthening Seniors Care: A Made-in-BC Roadmap and media campaign #CareCanBeThere. 
The BCCPA is calling for an annual investment of up to $337 million towards four pillars of seniors care: 

  • People, including increased direct care hours and minimum home care visits 
  • Infrastructure, such as the renewal and replacement of aging BC care homes 
  • Quality of Life, including improved access to occupational therapy, and other services 
  • Innovation, such as a new Care Credit model and Continuing Care hubs
CAOT-BC applauds BCCPA's recommendations to improve senior's access to occupational therapy, and echoed this call in recent letters to the Vancouver Sun and North Shore News:




Monday, 20 February 2017

Career Opportunity: Executive Director at Dania/Normanna, Burnaby BC

Position: Executive Director

Dania Home Society and Dania Society (“Dania”) and the Norwegian Old People’s Home Association (“Normanna”) are accredited non-profit residential care providers with their facilities based within Burnaby BC. Read more.

How to apply:
Please visit http://careers.wmc.ca. For more information, please contact Gerry Humphries at 604-443-3738 or Kataneh Sherkat of WMC at 604-443-3717.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Vancouver Wellness Show: 2 for 1 Admission


Interested in checking out the upcoming Vancouver Wellness Show? 2 for 1 Admission coupons are available courtesy of CAOT-BC! 

For the opportunity to explore the trade show without the cost of admission, volunteer shifts are still available:

Friday (March 3): 3:30pm-7pm (3 spots)
Sunday (March 5): 2pm-6pm (2 spots)

Interested in volunteering? Send us an email at caotbc@caot.ca

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Upcoming Practice Network Meetings: Measurement & CommunityOT




CAOT-BC Community OT Practice Network Meeting: March 6, 2017

Topic: BrainFX Presented by Tracy Milner

Frustrated with your current assessment tools missing more mild to moderate dysfunction from the spectrum of brain disorders? Occupational Therapists Tracy Milner and Heather Condello were too!  They were finding that they could observe dysfunction that was not being captured by their standardized paper and pencil tools. So they founded BrainFx and have developed a tablet-based, assessment platform to measure neurofunction, specifically focusing on 30 cognitive skills, along with some physical and sensory skills that can often confound cognitive performance. BrainFx currently has two assessments: BrainFx 360, a comprehensive, 90 minute version, to assist in treatment planning, and now BrainFx Screen, a ten minute assessment to help set baselines and assist in determining whether further assessment is needed. Join the webinar to learn about how the BrainFx Platform was developed, its validation to date, the assessment and its reporting and how it may benefit your practice. Also, learn about BrainFx’s Living Brain Bank and how it is working to accelerate neuroscience research. Applicable client populations can include: concussion/brain injury, stroke, mental illness, dementia, childhood disorders (ADD, learning disability, higher end of ASD), and other neurodegenerative or chronic diseases.

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

Date: March 6, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific Time
Cost:
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members

CAOT-BC Measurement Practice Network Meeting: February 21, 2017

Topic: Measurement is HARD. Where do you begin? Important aspects to consider!

Measurement is an important concept that is often overlooked. As occupational therapists we use important and valuable tools, to help guide future treatments and determine current functioning. It is important we continue to build on our assessment knowledge to recognize the manner we use instruments and what strengths and weaknesses exist.

After two successful years of running the Measurement Practice Network join us for more measurement talk. We need YOU to share your perspectives and ask questions!

The purpose of this Practice Network is education and discussions on the topic of measurement for occupational therapists. This Practice Network will provide you with greater skills to better evaluate assessments and tests. By regularly attending this Practice Network, you will be able to better appraise instruments and understand what critical appraisal means. This Practice Network will not tell you what assessment or tool is best for a given population or client, BUT it will give you additional skills to become stronger at appraising tools, networking and finding resources. Join us to dialogue about this important and difficult topic, hear from other OTs, and continue to make our profession stronger.

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

Date: February 21, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Teleconference
Registration: https://www.caot.ca/store/events/registration.aspx?event=SIG21FEB17
Cost:
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members

Registration takes only a minute in a few easy steps:

1. Click on registration link

2. Log in to your profile
3. Click "Register"
4. Click "Add to Cart"
5. Click "My Cart"
6. Click "Pay Now"
7. Click "Place Order"
You will receive a confirmation letter immediately after completing your online registration. Please check your spam/junk box, as sometimes these letters can be filtered out of regular email. If you still do not receive a confirmation after completing all the steps, please email caotbc@caot.ca for additional support.


If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe: sslocombe@caot.ca

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

CAOT-BC Research & Education Grant: Now Open

It's time to submit your application for the 2017 CAOT-BC Research and Education Grant Program.

The grant supports CAOT-BC members to present occupational therapy research and/or education at either the CAOT national conference or other related conferences. Applications are accepted annually between February 15 and May 31.

The grants are a member benefit and are open to all CAOT-BC members with the goal of supporting the growth of evidence on occupational therapy and occupational science.

Download the information here:

Grant Program Outline 

Application Form 

Expense Claim Form 

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

ICBC Service Provider Update: Submitting Invoices for Payment

A message from ICBC to OT Service Providers: 

In 2016, we launched a new process to streamline the way our service providers submit their invoices.  We have taken a phased-in approach to enroll providers, and we’re now ready to include Occupational Therapists.  Effective immediately, please submit all invoices to our new centralized mailbox: invoices@icbc.com.

When emailing your invoices, please take note of the following guidelines:

  • Only invoices are to be submitted to invoices@icbc.com. Do not send reconciliation lists or reports.
  • Individual invoices must be separate PDFs, with up to 20 invoices attached per email. Do not send one PDF document containing multiple invoices.
  • Do not include multi-disciplinary providers on the same invoice, only OT services.
  • Include the claim number/customer name in the file name of each invoice attachment.
  • Do not send invoices previously submitted to ICBC. Duplicate invoices will cause processing delays.
  • These guidelines apply to both the new double-alpha files and older single-alpha claims.

The file handler will continue to be the first point of contact for payment enquiries.

Work continues on setting up secured tunnels to allow OTs to submit their reports to a centralized mailbox at ICBC.  If you haven’t already sent in your email address, and the name of one IT contact per organization who manages your email security, please submit to occupational.therapists@icbc.com to ensure your firm is included.  We’ll notify you when we are ready to launch the tunnels, but until then, please continue sending your reports directly to the file handler.



If you have any questions about these changes, please don’t hesitate to email or call Lisa Carter at 604-982-4256.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Resource for your Practice: The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy


The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy (OJOT) is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal with a mission to publish high quality articles that focus on applied research, practice, and education in the occupational therapy profession.


Categories of articles published in OJOT include Applied Research (quantitative and qualitative), Guidelines for Practice and Technological Guidelines, Opinions in the Profession, Topics in Education, and Letters to the Editor. As an open-access publication, each edition of OJOT is available to readers and researchers worldwide, for free.

Check out the Winter 2017 edition.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

2017 Paediatric Update Symposium


A conference for rehabilitation therapists (OT, PT, SLP) working in paediatric settings, and other professions, occupations and parents interested in topics and themes related to children and youth with special needs

When: April 21, 22, 2017
Where: The Chan Centre at the Children’s Foundation Research Institute, BC Children’s Hospital, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC

Agenda and speaker information
Event details (including instructions regarding concurrent session selection process)
Registration

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

CAOT-BC Community OT Practice Network Meeting: February 20, 2017


Topic: Brava Works 

Are you struggling to keep up with funder rule changes that impact how you bill? Are you looking for a more effective way to track time, generate invoices, or manage funder & client information? Does your invoice cycle take forever to complete? Built for Canadian rehabilitation professionals, Brava Works is a cloud based software solution designed to help companies, like yours, better manage client records & documents, automate employee timesheets, and generate funder invoices. Built in Canada, your data is securely stored with a Canadian-based company. It's simple to use, saves time & money, and is easy to access from anywhere. Watch a quick overview video to see what Brava Works is all about. You can also book a live demo through the website. To learn more go to www.bravaworks.com

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

Date: February 20, 2017
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm Pacific Time
Cost:
Free for CAOT-BC members
$15 for non-members

Registration takes only a minute in a few easy steps:


1. Click on registration link

2. Log in to your profile
3. Click "Register"
4. Click "Add to Cart"
5. Click "My Cart"
6. Click "Pay Now"
7. Click "Place Order"
You will receive a confirmation letter immediately after completing your online registration. Please check your spam/junk box, as sometimes these letters can be filtered out of regular email. If you still do not receive a confirmation after completing all the steps, please email caotbc@caot.ca for additional support.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe: sslocombe@caot.ca