Exploring the frontiers of occupation

    WHITEHORSE, June 14 /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 Saturday, June 14

    Obesity and healthy occupation - Obesity is a condition often experienced
as a disability. Occupational therapy can help persons with obesity
participate in their day-to-day activities. But occupational therapists are
concerned with the lack of services among populations with obesity issues.
Occupational therapist Mary Forham will discuss a study that explored what it
is like to cope with daily activities with obesity and the role occupational
therapy plays in the prevention, treatment and management of obesity in
    Brain injury from an Aboriginal perspective - When providing culturally
sensitive rehabilitation services to Aboriginal Canadians with brain injury,
it is important to understand traditional teachings and healing methods for
brain injury. A focus group with Aboriginal Elders in Northwestern Ontario
helped to gain an understanding of traditional teachings and healing methods
for brain injury, and how traditional methods can be offered with Western
rehabilitation practices to better serve Aboriginal Canadians with brain
injury in a more culturally sensitive way.

    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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