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News Release - Attn. Health and Lifestyle Editors

Canadian occupational therapists unveil critical new research

June 1 -- For Immediate Release

MONTREAL, Thursday, June 1, 2006 - Uncover ground-breaking research, listen to insightful speakers, see innovative products and conduct extraordinary interviews in the picturesque city of Montreal. Join more than 500 occupational therapists from across Canada, the United States and England as the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists hosts its annual 3-day conference, which begins tomorrow. Canadians will want to know about our leading research and trends that enables people of all ages and abilities to take part in activities they find meaningful to improve their quality of life and the communities in which they live.

Learn about:

Driver Safety

  • Driving after a stroke
  • Évaluation de la conduite d'un vÉhicule en santÉ mentale adulte (French session)

Children

  • Engaging children with physical disabilities in recreational activities

Rehabilitation in Primary Health Care

  • Evaluating the effectiveness and cost of occupational therapy and physiotherapy for chronically ill adults in a Primary Health Care setting

Nourishing our mental health

  • Attentes vs services offerts aux familles dont la mÈre souffre d'un trouble mental (French session)

How to prevent seniors from falling

  • Grab bars that speak to seniors while getting into the bath
  • Écologie et empowerment: Fondements d'une initiative quÉbÉcoise en prÉvention des chutes (French session)

Health human resources

  • Why international graduates of occupational therapy find it difficult to work in Canada

Accessible Technology

  • How accessible are our automated bank machines and our ticket/fare dispensers?

Occupation and homelessness

  • How homeless men using inner city shelters view their occupation

Themed Evidence and occupation: Building the future, our conference will feature more than 230 presentations that reinforce how evidence-based research demonstrates participation in occupation makes a difference in people's lives.


When: June 1-3, 2006
Where: Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth
900 RenÉ-LÉvesque Boulevard West, Montreal

Media are welcome to attend all sessions, and we will gladly arrange interviews. All
events will be held at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth. A media room (Matapedia) will be
available.

Our Conference 2006 Program Supplement is available on-line at www.caot.ca

The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists has evolved from a small group of visionary pioneers to a resilient body in 2006 that represents more than 10,000 occupational therapists across the country since our inception in 1926. CAOT provides valuable membership resources and services for occupational therapists to thrive in an increasingly competitive health care environment. CAOT is the national voice to promote an inclusive society that enables people of Canada to partake in meaningful and productive occupations.

To book an interview or for more information, please contact:
Tanya Baglole

Communications Coordinator
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
(613) 523-2268, ext. 225 (office - until May 30)
(613) 322-6909 (cell) (May 31-June 3)
or (514) 861-3511 (on-site at Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth from May 31-June 3),
Matapedia (Media Room)
e-mail: communication@caot.ca

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