Occupational Therapy Role in Optimizing Practice in Primary Healthcare

2011 AFHTO conference presentation

PRESENTER (S): Catherine Donnelly, OT Reg. (Ont.), Assistant Professor, Queens University; Lori Letts, OT Reg. (Ont.), Associate Dean Occupational Therapy, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University; Colleen O’Neill, OT Reg. (Ont.), McMaster Family Practice; Candace Crawford, OT Reg. (Ont.), Wise Elephant FHT; Anne Childs, MHSc. (N), McMaster Family Practice Team Coordinator; Cathy Risdon, MD, McMaster Family Practice

FHT/ORG: McMaster Family Practice

ABSTRACT: With a core focus on enabling engagement in everyday living, occupational therapists (OT’s) are uniquely positioned as valued interprofessional team members on FHT’s. Since March 2010, occupational therapy positions have been supported. This workshop will review the ways OT’s can support interprofessional FHT’s in reducing risk of injury or illness, promote chronic disease self management, and implement early intervention strategies with the goal of optimizing physician and team resources. Two OT’s, one in an academic and a non-academic setting will share their unique experiences including case studies that demonstrate the value of occupational therapy to their teams. Occupational therapy with clients through the lifespan and with varying conditions will be highlighted. Team members’ perspectives will reflect the added value offered by occupational therapy. Additionally, an Executive Director will discuss helpful strategies to address challenges in applying for Ministry funding for this role.

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