Friday, 16 February 2018

Tell us what you think: How do OTs contribute to age-friendly cities?

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed a Global Strategy and Action Plan on Ageing and Health and they’ve reached out to the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) for more information about the role of occupational therapy in developing age-friendly communities.
Age-friendly communities allow seniors to “live safely, enjoy good health, and stay involved” as active and valued members of those communities.  

At the request of the WFOT, CAOT-BC will complete and submit a survey that outlines occupational therapy contributions in designing and developing age-friendly cities, but we need your help!

Are you an OT involved in designing, developing, or promoting age-friendly cities?  Maybe you collaborate to improve accessibility, provide assistive technology, promote safety, or develop policies that ensure seniors are actively involved, valued, and supported in age-friendly environments?

You can help! Please contact CAOT-BC Fieldwork student Alana Marshall ( no later than Friday, February 23rd to answer a few questions or provide your insights into OT roles in age-friendly cities.

Post by CAOT-BC fieldwork student Alana Marshall 


Thursday, 15 February 2018

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:

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

The 34th International Seating Symposium: Consumers Informing Practice

The International Seating Symposium is coming up!  

On Tuesday March 6 from 1:15 - 6:00 pm the exhibit hall (with over 75 exhibitors) will be open free of charge to the public. This is a great opportunity to view and try out the latest in positioning and mobility equipment. 

CAOT-BC will be hosting a booth on March 9th. Come drop by for a visit! 

When: March 5-9, 2018
Where: Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, BC 

For more information regarding the full symposium visit the ISS website: 


Friday, 9 February 2018

CAOT-BC in the News

Left to Right: Jane Dyson (Executive Director, Disability Alliance of BC,
Giovanna Boniface (Managing Director, CAOT-BC)

The Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC)
has announced that they are changing how injuries are
treated and compensated by moving to a care-based
model that will double the medical benefits associated
with car accidents and further extend coverage to vital
services such as occupational therapy. CAOT-BC
Managing Director Giovanna Boniface was invited by
BC’s Attorney General to provide a quote for the
government press release, issue a statement at the
media briefing and be filmed for the related
informational video. At each, CAOT-BC congratulated
the BC government’s progress, pledged further support
and articulated the benefits of having occupational
therapy services in place to meet the needs of injured
BC drivers.

Watch the ICBC  “Increasing Care” promotional video,
featuring Giovanna Boniface (CAOT-BC), Jane Dyson
(Disability Alliance of BC), and Lorraine (ICBC

Announced changes taking effect April 1, 2019
  • A doubling of the overall medical care and
  • recovery (Part 7 benefits) $300,000
  • More money for treatments
  • More types of treatments
  • Increases to wage loss and other benefits
  • Read the full BC Gov News Release

Watch the full press release here (scroll to 15:00 for CAOT-BC statement).


Thursday, 8 February 2018

MAC Workshop: Use our whole person occupational therapy framework and learn to connect the dots


When: May 4-5, 2018

Where: Kahanoff Conference Centre, 200-105 12th Avenue SE., Calgary, AB

This workshop is perfect for Occupational Therapists who conduct functional capacity evaluations determining work ability, functional abilities evaluations, worksite assessments, involved with gradual return to work and stay at work programming and accommodation.

Early bird rates end March 1, 2018. Registration is limited to allow for small group learning. If you’re interested – register today!

To register, or to learn more about the workshop, visit –

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Befuddled about Support Surfaces? Become an Expert!

CAOT-BC has partnered with HMEDA and BCCPA to bring you an education webinar series. 

The first in the series, "Befuddled About Support Surfaces? Become an Expert" presented by Karen Lerner provides a comprehensive overview of pressure management and sleep surfaces. This webinar has been archived to the CAOT-BC website. 

CAOT-BC's Community OT Practice Network page to watch the webinar. 

Stay tuned for information on future webinars!


Tuesday, 6 February 2018

OT needed to join Paediatric Update Symposium planning committee for 2019

It’s time to start the planning process for the 2019 Paediatric Update Symposium, a conference for rehabilitation therapists working with children and youth with developmental disabilities!

Planning consists of one 60-minute teleconference a month starting in January 2018 and progressing through to the Spring of 2019. There is also a bit of homework between teleconferences such as reviewing potential topics and speakers for the conference.

The BC Association for Child Development and Intervention will facilitate the planning of the conference, but is looking for front line clinicians from across BC to drive the process via the planning committee.

This is your opportunity to contribute to the themes and topics presented at the conference! If interested please forward your name, profession, and contact information to


Monday, 5 February 2018

Provide your feedback and enter to win a $25 CAOT gift certificate!

CAOT-BC is seeking your feedback on our Practice Networks! 

With 14 active Practice Networks (formerly Special Interest Groups), CAOT-BC has seen significant growth both in number of and participation in networks. For the first time, CAOT-BC in is undertaking a formal survey of Practice Networks in order to better understand participant perceptions of and experiences with the practice networks. 

We are seeking feedback from all occupational therapists in British Columbia, regardless of active participation in a network.

Complete the 6 minute survey now for your chance to win a $25 gift certificate for CAOT products and services. Survey closes March 16.


Thursday, 1 February 2018

CAOT-BC Regional Forums Coming to You

Join CAOT-BC Managing Director Giovanna Boniface
and Service Coordinator Sarah Charles for association
updates and activities, including advocacy initiatives,
promotion and representation events, and information
on member benefits. There will also be an opportunity
for questions and feedback.

Free for any occupational therapist to attend
(public or private sector, member or non-member),
however registration is required.

Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey
February 6, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm

Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria
OR by video conference at: Aberdeen Hospital, Victoria General Hospital,

Saanich Peninsula Hospital, Queen Alexandra Centre, Gorge Road Hospital
February 7, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm

Kamloops Home and Community Care, Kamloops
February 15, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm

Vancouver General Hospital
March 8, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm
Register here

University Hospital of Northern BC
March 14, 2018 | 11:30am-1:00pm

Register here

Richmond Mental Health Services
March 27, 2018 | 12:00-1:00pm

Register here

Hope Centre at Lions Gate Hospital
April 5th, 2018 | 3:00-4:00pm
Register here

Stay tuned for more dates and locations!