Friday, 17 November 2017

CAOT Conference 2018: Call for Volunteers

CAOT Conference is coming to Vancouver in 2018 and this is your chance to get involved! We will need volunteers on all four conference days for several different job descriptions

What: CAOT Conference 2018
When: June 20-23, 2018
Where: Sheraton Wall Centre

Sign up by completing the volunteer form:


Thursday, 16 November 2017

Evidence for your Practice: Management of Neck and/or Back Pain

Intervention: Physiotherapy interventions
Population: Individuals with neck and/or back pain

Key Messages: 

  • Evidence regarding the clinical effectiveness of physiotherapy for the management of neck and/or back pain was generally favourable or neutral, and no adverse effects were reported (limited moderate - low quality evidence) 
  • No studies identified for:
    • the clinical effectiveness of physiotherapy and opioids
    • the cost-effectiveness of physiotherapy interventions for the management of acute or chronic neck and/or back pain 
Read the full CADTH report

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

BC Citation Award Winners: Motion Specialties & Roy Grieve

The purpose of the BC Citation Award is to acknowledge the contribution or accomplishment to the health and well-being of British Columbians of an agency, program or individual, who is not an occupational therapist.

CAOT-BC is pleased to announce the 2017 Citation Award Winners for BC: Motion Specialties and Roy Grieve

Motion Specialties 

Since 2015, Motion Specialties has partnered with CAOT-BC as a host venue for regional CAOT-BC Networking & Education Days. In addition to providing an in-kind venue, Motion Specialties has organized sponsorship for the event to support the costs of refreshments, audio-visual needs as well as other logistical requirements.

As a result of this support, CAOT-BC has been able to target revenues from these events to public awareness activities. 

Now run three times at the Burnaby location, Motion Specialties and their dedicated staff have helped make each event a success. 

Roy Grieve

Roy works at Creative Mobility Products in Kelowna, and is well known by local occupational therapists. In his nomination, Roy was described as: 

“[A] tattooed, ball cap-sporting friendly fellow, always with a Tim Horton’s coffee somewhere in sight…Upon receiving a work order, he makes sure to call the clinician, just to communicate that he is headed out on the job and clarify anything ambiguous. …He knows all the OTs, Physios and nurses by name. In the home, Roy is an expert at efficiently setting up beds, lifts, poles and the like. …If anything goes wrong, Roy is immediately on the scene to trouble-shoot, repair, replace and/or service his clients in whatever is needed.…Roy is the most persistently grateful, humble, and dedicated employee I have ever met.” 

Congratulations to the award winners, and a big thank you for your contributions and support!


Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Remembering Dianna Mah-Jones

Christmas Tree Lighting Celebration to honour our colleague and friend Dianna Mah-Jones
When: Friday, December 1, 2017 at 4:00pm
Where: G.F. Strong at the large pine tree near the Lecture Theatre entrance

Dianna was always a leading light in the annual G.F. Strong Christmas Concert and loved the joy it brought to all.

Donations towards the lights and professional installation costs are being collected by Rachel Abel and Shelley London Hauka

All donations are greatly appreciated and will be held in trust by the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.
A tax receipt can be arranged on request for donations of $25.00 or more. Please see Lisa Reibin in Administration #164, Main Floor, GFS or call John Andru at he VGH & UBC Hospital Foundations, Office 604-875-5193

Please specify that your donation is towards the Dianna Mah-Jones tree lights.

Monday, 13 November 2017

OT in the News: Okanagan OT develops PACE mobile app

Image credit: Lake Country Calendar

Occupational therapist Rose Kristiansen and emergency physician Dr. David Rhine were featured in the Lake Country Calendar last week for their product, the PACE mobile app. The app is designed to help parents recognize the signs of a concussion and assist their children in healing. 

Read news article in the Lake Country Calendar
Read news article in The Daily Courier 

Friday, 10 November 2017

Process changes when requesting equipment loans, repairs and recycling through the At Home Program Medical Benefits

  • Effective December 1, 2017, HealthLinc Medical Equipment Mobility & Accessibility (HME) will administer the (durable) Medical Equipment loan and repair service for the Ministry of Children and Family Development’s Medical Benefits program under the name Children’s Medical Equipment Distribution Service (CMEDS).
  • As of September 1, 2017 the Medical Benefits program (MBP) began administering Biomedical Equipment loans, repairs and maintenance.
  • As of October 31, 2017 the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) will no longer provide Medical Equipment loans, repairs, or recycling through the Children’s Medical Equipment Recycling and Loan Services (CMERLS).
  • Please submit all requests for Durable Medical Equipment, as well as Biomedical Equipment and Biomedical Equipment repairs to the Medical Benefits program. Urgent requests for Durable Medical Equipment repairs may be sent to Medical Benefits until November 30, 2017.
  • Effective December 1st requests for Durable Medical Equipment repairs may be sent to HME at
  • Durable Medical Equipment loan requests should be sent to the Medical Benefits program as of November 1, 2017.
  • Durable Medical Equipment recycling will be on hold for the month of November. Please ask families to hold on to equipment until December 1, 2017. After that, families may contact HME to recycle durable Medical Equipment.
What’s staying the same?
  • The Ministry will continue to assist parents and guardians of Children on the At Home Program and Children in Care of the Ministry with extraordinary costs of caring for a child with severe disabilities in their home through province-wide Medical Equipment and Biomedical Equipment programs. 
  • There are no changes to program eligibility, or the equipment, repairs or maintenance the program will pay for. MBP approval will still be required for all equipment.

What’s changing?
  • CMEDS will administer the recycled Durable Medical Equipment and MBP will administer Biomedical Equipment.
  • Requests for Biomedical Equipment rentals, purchases and repairs and will be sent to MBP.
    • Previously requests were sent to CMERLS and then forwarded to MBP.
    • MB adjudicators are assisting parents to arrange Biomedical Equipment repairs with dealers. Dealers will invoice MBP for payment.
    • Parents are asked to donate or dispose of Biomedical Equipment no longer needed, or hold on to the equipment until further information is available.
  • A new tracking system will improve service delivery for children with severe disabilities, reduce timelines and improve access for children living outside of the lower mainland. The following new forms will be used with the new system:
    • CMEDS Equipment Request Form
    • CMEDS Repair Request Form
  • All requests for new loans/trials must be completed by a therapist and sent to MCFD using the new Equipment Request Form to or faxed to 1-250-356-2159.
  • HME will arrange all durable Medical Equipment loans, trials, repairs and recycling for clients in the lower mainland and Vancouver Island. For clients outside these areas, HME will use a list of approved dealers.
New forms for prescribing therapists are available on the HME website (, under "Therapist Resources" or at the following link:
For additional information from HME please view the CMEDS Implementation Memo,call HME at 1-604-821-0075 and ask Jenny Mata or Robert Boscacci, or email

If you have any questions please call Medical Benefits toll-free at 1-888-613-3232, or by email at

Thursday, 9 November 2017

Resource for your Practice: Sunrise Medical 2017-2018 Cyber Series

Sunrise Medical offers free monthly webinars on clinical topics related to seating and mobility.

Upcoming topics include: 

  • Selecting a Back Support Based on Assessment Findings
  • Manual Wheelchair Prescription
  • Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs
  • Power Wheelchair Prescription
  • Seating & Mobility for Individuals who are Bariatric
  • Leading Evidence-Based Practice Change
  • Expanding Roles of Therapist Assistants and Wheelchair Provision

Learn more and register for upcoming webinars

Wednesday, 8 November 2017

CAOT-BC Dysphagia Practice Network Meeting: November 15, 2017

Topic: Results of the CADTH Environmental Scan Report: Feeding and Swallowing Assessment Services for Pediatric Populations in Canada

Presenter: Karen Derry, Speech-Language Pathologist and Collaborative Practice Lead for Sunny Hill Health Centre’s Acute Rehabilitation Team  

Description: How do we support best practices in pediatric feeding and swallowing assessment in Canada? What are these best practices, how are they carried out, and who is involved? In what ways can we support the needs of these children in hospital and community clinics, or through telerehabilitation?

Sunny Hill Health Centre for Children’s Child Development & Rehabilitation Evidence Centre recently partnered with speech-language pathologists and occupational therapists throughout Canada and the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) to answer these questions by collaborating on an environmental scan feeding assessment practices in pediatric health centres. CADTH conducted the environmental scan, which included a pan-Canadian survey, stakeholder consultation, and the publication of a CADTH Environmental Scan Report: Feeding and Swallowing Assessment Services for Pediatric Populations in Canada: Service Provision, Practice Models, and Assessment Tools (March 2017). 

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

Date: November 15, 2017
Time: 12:00pm - 1:00pm Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Free for CAOT-BC members
$20 for non-members

If you have any questions please contact CAOT-BC.


Monday, 6 November 2017

OT in the News: OT students learn to care for Indigenous people by understanding racist legacy

Image credit: CTV News
A recent CTV News article highlights an online course and two workshops that are part of the UBC curriculum for occupational therapy and other health discipline students.

"The name of the program -- UBC 23-24 Indigenous Cultural Safety Interdisciplinary Learning Experience -- is a response to calls for actions 23 and 24 from a report by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. They're among a list of 94 actions recommended by the commission to redress the legacy of residential schools." 

Read full article


Friday, 3 November 2017

OT Now Call for Papers & Survey: “Economic evidence for occupational therapy services”

Occupational Therapy Now is putting together a special theme issue on “Economic Evidence for OT services” for July 2018 publication. 

You are invited to submit a paper for this special issue. Read the full Call for Papers.

In addition, OT Now is seeking your response to a very short survey on your use of economic evidenceThe survey closes December 22, 2017. These anonymous findings will be included in an editorial piece by the guest editors of this special issue.