Exploring the frontiers of occupation

    WHITEHORSE, June 13 /CNW Telbec/ - More than 300 occupational therapists
and related health care professionals from across Canada and internationally
will gather in Whitehorse, Yukon from June 12-14 for the annual conference of
the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT).
    Join CAOT for this 3-day conference when delegates will discover and
promote innovative practice through their exchange of leading-edge ideas and
ground-breaking research on health care issues pertinent to northern
communities. Occupational therapists help people of all ages and abilities by
allowing them to participate in daily activities.


    When:    June 12-14, 2008

    Where:   Yukon College, 500 College Drive, Whitehorse, Yukon


    Featured presentations for Friday, June 13

    First Nations and Inuit health and community development - Many Canadians
including health care professionals have a limited and misinformed view of how
our country's colonial past continues to influence the day-to-day lives of
many Aboriginal peoples including their quality of life and their health.
Alison Gerlach, occupational therapist and leader in Aboriginal early
childhood development, will lead a discussion on understanding how cultural,
social and political realities of First Nations and Inuit populations play a
role in their access to health care services.

    Keeping older drivers driving safely - Occupational therapists Dr. Nicol
Korner-Bitensky, Dr. Claudia von Zweck and Kathy Van Benthem will discuss the
CAOT initiative National Blueprint for Injury Prevention in Older Drivers.
With the aging population, this innovative project addresses how to assess
older drivers and how to keep them driving safely for as long as possible.

    About CAOT

    The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) was founded in
1926 and is a national, non-profit professional organization. It strives to
advance excellence in occupational therapy practice and to promote access to
quality occupational therapy services for all people of Canada. CAOT, along
with its provincial and territorial affiliates, represents over 10,000
occupational therapists and almost 1,100 students.

    For more details on the conference program, please visit the CAOT web
site at www.caot.ca.

    Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the sessions. All
events are held at the Yukon College, 500 College Drive. Please visit the
Registration Desk to pick up a pass. A media room is available for interviews.

For further information:

For further information: or to book an interview: Wade Scoffin,
Association of Yukon Occupational Therapists, (867) 334-1553,

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