Practice Resources

Self Care Resources

Findings from the SAOT Members’ Workplace Psychological Health Survey
In June 2015, 141 SAOT members responded to the Occupational Therapy Workplace Psychological Health survey. The three series of the findings of that survey are as follows:




Psychological Health in the OT Workplace

Fatigue in the Occupational Therapy Workplace
Tired? Have a seat and let’s talk about occupational therapists’ fatigue in the workplace. Discover how workplace fatigue can affect your personal health and safety, the well-being of your family, colleagues and care recipients, and the productivity of your workplace. Click here to view the website.

This new resource includes access to:

  • Evidence-based research
  • Current policy documents
  • Resources for action at the personal, management and policy levels
  • Recommendations to manage fatigue in OT workplaces

Complete the self-assessments to receive a downloadable professional development certificate!

Fatigue in the OT Workplace

Violence in the Occupational Therapy Workplace
The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of Alberta, with an Occupational Health and Safety Innovation and Engagement grant from Alberta Labour, is building a workplace violence educational resource website.  The website is specifically about and for occupational therapists (OTs) and OT students.  An important part of this work is gathering information about OTs’ and students’ experiences of workplace violence.  To do this, the Department of Occupational Therapy is using the World Health Organization’s survey tool – Workplace Violence in the Health Sector.

Your opinion and experiences matter. Please participate in the OT workplace survey. For more details, click here.

Pain Resources

Alberta Pain Strategy
The Pain Society of Alberta (PSA) developed its Alberta Pain Strategy through a Pain Summit in March 2015 and was subsequently approved by the PSA membership at its annual general meeting in October. Click here to download PSA’s letter and Strategy. PSA’s aim is to engage all stakeholders in moving the Alberta Pain Strategy forward. The PSA welcomes your feedback on this document. Contact Glyn.
Chronic Pain Assessment Toolbox for Children with Disabilities
It has been three years since Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital launched the Chronic Pain Assessment Toolbox for Children with Disabilities.  Individuals can download the Toolbox to see the three eLearning modules recently developed. These modules are a great introduction to the Toolbox and the place to start if you have not begun using the Toolbox in your setting. The modules will introduce you to:

  1. Chronic pain in children with cerebral palsy and the development of the Toolbox;
  2. The sections of the Toolbox and how to start with based on your needs; and
  3. A case study of a complex patient from one of our nurse practitioners, and how a chronic pain assessment tool supported her clinical examination.

Check them out HERE:

Arthritis Alliance of Canada and College of Family Physicians of Canada Launch Osteoarthritis Tool to Improve Care for 4.4 Million Canadians Living with Osteoarthritis
The Arthritis Alliance of Canada (AAC) and The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are pleased to launch the Osteoarthritis Tool designed to provide primary health care providers with key professional knowledge and skills necessary to effectively diagnose and facilitate the management of patients living with osteoarthritis (OA). The AAC, CFPC and the Centre for Effective Practice (CEP) joined forces to develop the Osteoarthritis Tool to help family physicians and other health care providers understand that Osteoarthritis (OA) is a common, treatable, chronic illness by providing a tool that helps them:

  • identify, assess, and monitor OA;
  • equip patients for high quality self-management; and
  • recommend specific non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapies.

For more information, click HERE.

Share your impressions of the tool and how it’s helped in your practice in the AAC newsletter! Please contact Lina Gazizova

Mental Health Resources

Youth Addiction and Mental Health - Help4Me

Mental health issues and substance use problems often begin in the teen and early adult years. Addressing the issue early can help to reduce the supports needed and increases the chance for a better long-term outcome and improved mental wellness.

The Government of Alberta, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Centre for Child, Family & Community Research, and the Canadian Mental Health Association of Edmonton have developed a website, Help4Me, to help young people recognize and understand early signs and symptoms of addiction and mental health problems that they, or someone they know, may be facing.

New Mental Health Resource for Health Care Providers and Caregivers Developed by SickKids Experts  Over the next few months, CAPHC Conversations will be featuring articles and resources from the AboutKidsHealth website. Contact Sean Schurr for more information.

Sleep Resources

Sleep Education
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed lessons and activities to generate interest in the study of sleep medicine and to raise awareness of sleep disorders. Using the Academy’s expertise in the field of sleep and sleep disordered breathing, they have developed a series of free resources that encourage scientific inquiry. Click here to view the Academy’s comprehensive lesson plans, activities, assessment tools and presentations.
Pediatric Sleep Council
The Pediatric Sleep Council was created to provide accurate and up-to-date information on sleep in young children for parents. The goal is to provide comprehensive and expert-based information on baby and toddler sleep that is freely available to the public. The Pediatric Sleep Council is an international team of people with expertise in all aspects of sleep and development in young children. We represent pediatric sleep experts, including physicians, psychologists, and researchers. Click HERE.

Medical Assistance In Dying

Indigenous Populations