Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists

Report of the Professional Issues Forum on

Access to Occupational Therapy

St John's, Newfoundland CAOT Conference July 2007

The CAOT Professional Issue Forum on Access to Occupational Therapy was held at the Delta St Johnís on July 13, 2007. 

Improving access to occupational therapy has been one of CAOTís key strategic objectives over the past 10 years. Occupational therapists are concerned about the impact of a growing crisis among many populations that have limited or no access to occupational therapy and opportunities to engage in meaningful occupations. In collaboration with consumers, policy makers, and researchers, occupational therapists are seeking innovative solutions to address the barriers to publicly and privately funded occupational therapy services.

One of the major outcomes of the PIF was to identify a number of strategies that could improve access to health and occupational therapy services.

Objectives of the Forum were:

  1. Understand the impact of a lack of access to OT services for population needs;
  2. Identify issues that impede access to occupational therapy services;
  3. Determine innovative and collaborative strategies that will improve access to OT services;
  4. Inform the development of a revised position statement and action plan on access to occupational therapy services.

The Forum consisted of panel presentations followed by discussion in a plenary session. The following presentations are available:

Regina Casey, PhD Candidate, University of British Columbia. Click here to read her paper. 

Judi-Varga Toth, Assistant Director Family Network, Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN). Click here to view her Powerpoint presentation. 

John Maxted, Associate Executive Director, Health and Public Policy
The College of Family Physician of Canada. Click here to view his Powerpoint presentation (7MB).

Danielle Hogan, President Newfoundland & Labrador Association of Occupational Therapists.  Click here to view her Powerpoint presentation.

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