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On Friday April 7, 2017, CAOT-BC attended the Health Sciences
Association (HSA) annual convention in Vancouver, BC. There were approximately
300 delegates from over 20 different health disciplines representing all
regions of British Columbia. Categories of resolutions debated and voted on included:
education, health services, labour relations, occupational health and safety,
and political action, among others.
Resolutions of note:
HSA will “continue to support public awareness of all professions
in HSA, including those which may not have widespread recognition”. (carried)
In regard to the limited resources of the Red Cross Health
Equipment Loan Program, HSA will “lobby the government and health authorities
to develop and implement alternative equipment loan strategies to adequately
meet the needs of all clients in BC”. (carried)
John Horgan, from the NDP party, made the keynote speech and
discussed the party’s proposed health care changes, pledging to advocate for
the health sciences in providing better health outcomes for patients across
As voted by the delegates, Val Avery was re-elected as HSA’s
president for another term.
To learn more about HSA and how they represent occupational
therapists, visit http://www.hsabc.org By Christl Bradley, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC
Article for Review: Park, J., McCaffrey, R., Newman, D., Liehr, P., & Ouslander, J. G. (2016). A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the Effects of Chair Yoga on Pain and Physical Function Among Community‐Dwelling Older Adults With Lower Extremity Osteoarthritis. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, doi:10.1111/jgs.14717
This randomized control trial evaluated the effects of Sit 'N' Fit Chair Yoga on pain and physical function in older adults with lower extremity osteoarthritis (OA) who where unable to participate in standing exercise. One hundred and thirty-one community-dwelling adults were randomly assigned to either chair yoga or a Health Education program, which both consisted of twice-weekly 45-minute sessions for 8 weeks. Conclusion: The chair yoga program was associated with reduction in pain, pain interference, and fatigue, and improvement in gait speed. However, only the effects on pain interference were sustained 3 months post intervention. Chair yoga should be further explored as a nonpharmacologic intervention for older people with OA in the lower extremities. Access the abstract here
CAOT-BC attended the
Community Rehab Forum at the Shadbolt Centre in Burnaby on May 11, 2017, where
we had the chance to talk with occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and
rehab assistants who were attending the day-long event.
Over the lunch hour we
spoke with many healthcare professionals about the work CAOT-BC is doing for
OTs around the province and answered questions about practice networks,
professional collaboration, and the resources that CAOT-BC offers to its members.
Overall, it was a very exciting event!
By Christl Bradley, fieldwork student with CAOT-BC
A new webinar is available from the CAPHC Knowledge Exchange Network. Dr. Zwicker discusses the ABC’s of DCD, a common but under-recognized neurodevelopmental disorder. The objectives of this session are for participants to: (1) become more Aware of DCD, how it Affects children and families, and how to Assess and diagnose this condition: (2) understand how the Brain may be impacted in children with DCD; and (3) become aware of a novel, research-integrated Clinic model to diagnose children with DCD. Access the ABCs of DCD (Developmental Coordination Disorder) Webinar
Topic:Wheelchair Tie Downs and Occupant Restraints 101 | What you
need to know to keep your clients safe
Do you regularly prescribe wheelchairs for your clients
which might be tied down in a van or used on public transportation? Did you
know that some wheelchair frames are not crash-tested to be tied down with a
user sitting in them? Or that a wheelchair safety belt is not a sufficient
occupant restraint when tying down a wheelchair?
Even if you aren't specifically dealing with adapted
vehicles, it's important to understand and be aware of the potential and
limitations of these systems so you can adequately advise your clients. Join us
for a presentation and question and answer session to learn more about
wheelchair tie downs, occupant restraints, and WC-19 compliance for manual and
powered wheelchairs. The session will be presented by representatives from
McKesson Canada and Q-Straint who will be available to answer all your
questions about safety, liability, and what you need to know to provide the
best care possible for your clients. This meeting will take place by webinar. Registration is required to participate.