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News from Member Organisations December 2021 - Canada

November 2021 WFOT newsletter

From: Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT)

Canada Dec 1

The Muriel Driver Memorial Lectureship Award honours a CAOT member who has made an outstanding contribution to the profession through research, education and the practice of occupational therapy. The Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture provides an opportunity to reflect on the current and future state of the profession, the way it is practiced and the way it could be practised.

This past October, Dr. Louise Demers delivered this year’s Muriel Driver Memorial Lecture! As CAOT Conference 2021 remained in a virtual setting, we are pleased and grateful that Louise will share her work with the occupational therapy community in a complementary live webinar format.

Louise Demers is recognized for her outstanding contributions to the profession of occupational therapy through her leadership at the Université de Montreal and in the AGE-WELL project, teaching, research, and influence on OT clinical practice. Her contributions are numerous, diverse and reflect her ongoing engagement to advance the profession and quality of life for individuals.

Muriel Driver lecture recording can be viewed here.

New competencies for occupational therapists in Canada. The multi-year CORECOM/CANCOM project has produced a single competency document to describe entry-to-practice competencies and competencies used throughout the span of occupational therapy practice.

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Our goal was to develop a single set of competencies that would clarify occupational therapy as a profession in Canada, ultimately advancing safe, effective, and ethical patient care.

With guidance from occupational therapists and key stakeholders across Canada and through our collaborative work with the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy Regulatory Organizations (ACOTRO), and the Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs (ACOTUP), we now have the Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada.

The Competencies for Occupational Therapists in Canada reflect the broad range of skills and abilities required of all occupational therapists in Canada at every stage of their career. They also serve to guide a variety of professional quality assurance processes such as provincial regulatory activities, accreditation of educational programs, entry-level examinations, and continuing professional development.

This project was funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Foreign Credential Recognition Program.

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CAOT Conference 2022

CAOT will be hosting its 2022 Conference in Whistler BC May 4-7, 2022. The Call for papers is now closed! Registration will open on February 1st.