Friday, 20 January 2017

New Date & Time: CAOT-BC Rural and Remote Practice Exploratory Meeting

Do you work in a rural or remote practice setting? CAOT-BC wants your input! 
Join us for an opportunity to make suggestions and provide feedback on possible CAOT-BC Rural/Remote practice initiatives for 2017. The possibility of creating a CAOT-BC Rural/Remote Practice Network will also be discussed at this meeting. 

When: January 31, 2017; 4:00-5:00 pm 
Where: Webinar  
Registration required

Thursday, 19 January 2017

Safe, Healthy, and Productive Workplaces Conference: CAOT-BC Member Discounts

Registration for the upcoming CIRPD conference Safe, Healthy, and Productive Workplaces: Learning from Research and Practice is now open. 

This multidisciplinary conference brings together business/labour leadership and other stakeholders who play a role in creating and sustaining safe, healthy, and productive workplaces learning from current research and practice. 

Conference Details
Date: June 1-3, 2017
Main Event: University of British Columbia, Earth Sciences Room ES1013
Satellite Sites:  
University of Northern British Columbia- Northern Health Sciences Centre, Room 9-235 (Prince George)
University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus - Reichwald Health Sciences Centre, Room 223 MPL (Kelowna)

CAOT-BC members receive registration discounts! Early Bird registration rates expire on March 31, 2017 -- register early to receive the best deal on you conference registration. 

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Vancouver March of Dimes Assistive Technology Initiative

March of Dimes Canada is giving away a tablet, stylus, cover and $250 of apps up to 8 eligible individuals with disabilities who are in need, living in the Greater Vancouver area. 

Have a nomination in mind? Check out the eligibility criteria, FAQs and application guidelines. 

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

BC Bid Opportunity for OT: RFP Employee and Family Assistance Program

Title: Opportunity for OT (Okanagan School District #67) (Solicitation Number: 8166)

What: RFP Employee and Family Assistance Program
School District No. 67 (Okanagan Skaha), is seeking a qualified and competent provider to provide a comprehensive Employee and Family Assistance Program available to the District’s employees. The purpose of the EFAP service is to help employees and their immediate families respond to and deal with problems that affect their physical or emotional health and their workplace performance. Counseling services include but are not limited to:

-Personal and Emotional Health
-Marital and Relationship Issues
-Family Relationship Issues
-Adolescent Problems
-Aging parent Concerns
-Children’s Issues
-Abuse Issues
-Job Stress Concerns
-Career Counseling
-Grief and Loss Issues
-Addiction Concerns
-Nutrition Problems
-Health Coaching
-Legal and Financial Concerns
-Stress, Anxiety and Depression Issues

Closing Date: Feb 15/17

Monday, 16 January 2017

CAOT-BC Chronic Pain & OT Practice Network Meeting: January 25, 2017

TopicResources for Assessment & Intervention in Chronic Pain

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

Date: January 25, 2017
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm Pacific Time
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 for additional support.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Slocombe:

Friday, 13 January 2017

Upcoming Event: The Access Makeathon

The Neil Squire Society, in partnership with Rick Hansen Foundation, SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, TechSoup NetSquared, Tom Global, UBC Women in Engineering, and UBC Young Women in Engineering and Science, is organizing a 48 hour event called the Access Makeathon. 

During the event, a person with a disability will connect with a team of makers who will build open source assistive technology that will directly address a need the person has. It is an opportunity for makers to apply their knowledge and skills to address a real world need of a person. The goal is each team will help a person leave the event with a working prototype that improves their quality of life.

When: January 27th to 29th, 2017
Where: The Hangar - Centre for Digital Media
685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC
Tickets and more information available here

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Updates to the At Home Program Guide

An updated version of the At Home Program Guide is now available. In 2013, a Medical Benefits Working Group (MBWG) was established to develop recommendations for changes to existing medical equipment policy, process, and information. Those recommendations have guided the necessary revisions of the At Home Program Guide.
Notable changes include an updated audiology section, and a definition of the term “medically necessary.”

A full list of updates is available from the Ministry of Children and Family Development.

In addition, the SAT & At Home Program SAET Info Sheet has been revised to refresh urls and provide some minor edits to clarify expectations.

Questions regarding these updates can be directed to Jillian Kelly – Policy Analyst, Children and Youth with Special Needs Policy at

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

CAOT Occupational Therapy and Aboriginal Peoples' Health Network

The OTAHN consists of Indigenous and non-Indigenous CAOT members with an interest in building capacity, lobbying for occupational therapy services, and generating a greater discourse on occupational therapy and Aboriginal peoples’ health in Canada.  The OTAHN is a volunteer group who work with the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists National Office staff to develop networking and supports, resources and lobby efforts to build and promote occupational therapy services with Aboriginal clients and communities across Canada.

The network meets for a 1 hour bimonthly teleconference with members participating on the calls and on ongoing projects as their interests and capacity allows. The expectation is to attend calls as schedules permit and participate in teleconference discussions and ongoing projects as able.

The next meeting is an open call with lots of time for Q & A from new members on  Wednesday, January 18, 2017 from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m Mountain Time

For further information please contact the chair Kaarina Valavaara at or Christina Lamontagne at

Monday, 9 January 2017

OT in the News

Hazel Meredith, Executive Director of BC Schizophrenia Society (Victoria branch) speaks to CBC about failed talks between federal and provincial health ministers.
She is "crushed" that negotiations to bolster support to those living with a treatable mental health condition. She discusses the very poor access to supports that help people with mental health issues -- citing occupational therapy and how it can lift some of the burden and pain of struggling with a mental health issue and provide hopeful outcomes for individuals.
Her calls to action include 1) targeted funding to the community and 2) low barrier access to support, which are both aligned with CAOT-BC key messages to government.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Occupational Therapy Now: Topic Editor Volunteer Positions Open

Occupational Therapy Now is looking for topic editors to fill vacant positions for the following OT Now Topics:

 Indigenous Peoples and Occupational Therapy in
 Older Adults
 Adults
 Mental health
 Knowledge Translation + Occupational Therapy
 Everyday stories
 Private Practice Insights

Topic editor responsibilities include evaluating articles for suitability for publication, providing constructive feedback to authors and assisting with the solicitation of articles. A complete description of responsibilities can be found below. Topic descriptions can be found at: 

To apply, send your curriculum vitae and a letter outlining your interest and experience to

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2017