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Penticton’s first Primary Care Centre officially opens

December 1, 2019 | Global News

Global News announces Penticton's first primary care centre which includes an occupational therapist on staff.
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To ease dementia agitation, drugs may not be best option

October 14, 2019 | National Post

Canadian researchers outline recommendations for multidisciplinary care and non-medication therapy to manage symptoms of aggression and agitation in patients with dementia. The includes an occupational therapist "...to modify the patient’s environment or adapt the patient’s routine to avoid frustration". Read more

Exercise as medicine: UBC researcher unveils new tool to fight depression

Oct 12, 2019 | CBC News

Occupational therapist and UBC researcher Krista Glowacki releases an Exercise and Depression Toolkit, a "new and free online resource...which aims to inform doctors and patients alike on the who, what, why and how of using exercise as medicine". Read more

Physiotherapy program to be launched at UNBC

May 24, 2019 | Prince George Citizen

By September 2022, a 16-student masters of occupational therapy program will be launched at UNBC. $1.1 million is being provided towards that goal. Read more

Occupational and physical therapy seats for northern B.C.

May 24, 2019 | CKPG Today

A new occupational and physical therapy program is coming to UNBC, with the first intake of 16 students in September of 2022. Read more

More work needed on area health care

April 8, 2019 | Prince George Citizen

Todd Whitcombe calls for improved access to occupational therapy and physiotherapy through training in northern BC and UNBC. Read more

Burnaby Walk for Alzheimer's honours New West occupational therapist

April 6, 2019 | Burnaby Now

This year the Burnaby and New Westminster  Walk   honours occupational therapist Leila Jamal and the New Westminster Seniors Specialized Clinic. Read more

Punching out Parkinson’s disease in Kitsilano

April 3, 2019 | The Georgia Straight

The Georgia Straight interviews OT Allie Saks who offers exercise programs tailored for people with Parkinson's disease. Read more

Federal health minister says national task force on chronic pain first step

April 3, 2019 | News 1130

Occupational therapy identified as a key service for treatment of chronic pain, but cost and coverage solutions need to be part of strategy developed by new national task force. Read more

Burnaby doesn't have enough occupational therapists to staff new networks

March 26, 2019 | Burnaby Now

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists’ B.C. chapter says that while it supports the move towards these PCNs, “we are concerned that inadequate staffing levels will prevent successful implementation of this care model.” Read more

New CanAssist Devices in Prince George

November 22, 2018 | CKPG Today

Pat Hamilton, occupational therapist at the Prince George Child Development Centre comments on the benefits of new game and toy technologies received from  CanAssist. Read More

Concussion treatment clinic opens in Kelowna

October 17, 2018 | Vernon Morning Star

The recently opened BrainTrust Canada Concussion Clinic partnered with P.A.C.E. (Progressive Activation and Concussion Education) co-developer and occupational therapist Rose Kristiansen. Read More

Trauma can change brain chemistry, expert says

September 11, 2018 | CBC News

Kim Barthel talks about early childhood trauma to Yellowknife justice officials. Read More

Play is a child's work

June 11, 2018 | The Squamish Chief 

O ccupational therapist  T ara Cain talks about starting her own clinic , what its like working with kids, and the benefits of practicing in an interdisciplinary setting. Read More

Moment in Time: Canada's First Occupational Therapy Program

February 21, 2018 | The Globe and Mail 

The Globe and Mail looks back 100 years to the day and commemorates our beginnings by highlighting the University of Toronto’s six-week program that gave 21 women skills to help injured soldiers get back to their regular, daily activities. Read More

Vaughn Palmer: NDP banks on its history lessons to get a grip on ICBC

Febaruary 7, 2018 | Vancouver Sun

CAOT-BC Managing Director Giovanna Boniface's gives statement at BC Government news release on ICBC changes. Read more

ICBC to cap ‘pain and suffering’ payouts for minor injuries at $5,500

February 6, 2018 | Times Colonist

CAOT-BC Managing Director Giovanna Boniface's gives statement at BC Government news release on ICBC changes. Read more

Exposure to fears can control kids’ anxiety, Victoria-based expert says

February 1, 2018 | Times Colonist

A recent Times Colonist article features occupational therapist Sean Boulet and his work helping children to overcome their anxiety. Read more

VASS making magic in the mountains

January 2, 2018 | North Shore News

Occupational therapist and Vancouver Adaptive Snow Sports president Anne Buthane talks about running the skiing and snowboarding programs for persons with a disability. Read more

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