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Leading the way to healthy occupation

July 12, 2007

ST. JOHN'S, July 12, 2007 - Over 400 occupational therapists are gathering in St. John's from July 11-14 to discuss the latest research and trends to promote health and well-being through occupation. Join the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists at their annual conference, a forum for health care professionals to exchange innovative ideas and present leading-edge research.

The 4-day conference will feature insightful speakers and presentations on health care issues that are meaningful and relevant to all Canadians. Occupational therapists help people of all ages and abilities by allowing them to participate in daily activities.

When: July 11-14, 2007
Where: Delta St. John's Hotel and Convention Centre, 120 New Gower Street, St. John's, NL

Featured presentations for Thursday, July 12

Keeping older drivers driving safely

Driving and occupational therapy: changing practice
Occupational therapists Dr. Nicol Korner-Bitensky, Ingrid MÉnard and Dr. Jan Miller Polgar will present their research and recommendations on how to assess older drivers and how to keep them driving safely for as long as possible.

Working with a disability

Program characteristics influencing vocational outcomes for persons with mental illnesses
Rebecca Gewurtz, doctoral student and assistant professor, School of Rehabilitation Science, McMaster University, will discuss key characteristics related to vocational outcomes for persons with serious mental illnesses.

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.

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Members of the media are welcome to attend any of the sessions. All events are held at the Delta St. John's Hotel and Convention Centre. Please visit the Registration Desk to pick up a pass. A media room is available for interviews.

To book an interview or for more information, media representatives may contact:

Erica Lyle, Communications Coordinator
Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists
(800) 434-2268, ext. 225
(709) 683-6252 / (613) 867-9339 (cell)
(709) 739-6404 (Delta St. John's Hotel - Trinity Bay Room)

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