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News from Member Organisations March 2024 - Canada


Start Planning for CAOT Conference 2024: Hybrid

Registration is now open for CAOT’s 2024 Conference: Hybrid, which is taking place in Kjipuktuk/Halifax, Nova Scotia, from May 1-3. With both in-person and virtual options available, this year’s event includes multiple registration options available, as well as a full virtual registration, and the option to buy virtual bundles in specific areas of practice and/or for specific client demographics. CAOT Conference 2024 will be held in person at the beautiful Halifax Convention Centre in the geographic and cultural heart of downtown. Don’t miss your chance to learn, connect, and reflect at this popular annual event with more than 200 sessions available on a wide range of topics. Early bird pricing is in effect until March 13.

See the CAOT Conference 2024 program and register today to join us in Kjipuktuk/Halifax or online.

Conference registration - English

Conference registration - French

Access the conference program in English and French here.


CAOT’s Podcast Tackles Conversations that Matter about AI and Internationally Educated OTs

Each month, CAOT’s Conversations that Matter: The Podcast features socially accountable discussions with everyday working Canadian occupational therapists (OTs) to discuss emerging trends and topics in the field of occupational therapy and the Canadian health care system. Available on Spotify and CAOT’s website, the 35 episodes focus on a wide range of topics, including leadership, neurodiversity, reflexive practice, planetary health, sustainable occupational therapy practice, and the intersections of sustainable food systems and occupational participation.

For example, Episode 31 features a discussion between the host, Justine Jecker, and two internationally educated occupational therapists (IEOTs). Stefanie Matos and Husna Harmi openly share their unique international journeys, shedding light on the various joys and challenges encountered while studying and working abroad. They also explore the hurdles faced during the transition to a new country, offering valuable insights into the complexities of professional integration for IEOTs.

The podcast also tackles the expansive scope of occupational therapy in mental health service delivery. In Episode 35, Justine Jecker is joined by OT Skye Barbic to unpack the profound impact occupational therapy has on holistic wellbeing and the significance of meaningful occupation. Occupational therapists across Canada are tirelessly advocating for acknowledgment as essential mental healthcare providers. To better understand the current state of affairs, Skye and Justine explore the historical and contemporary perceptions surrounding occupational therapy, especially within current mental health contexts.

Access the podcast in English

Access the podcast in French