Programme

Day 1 (03 November 2017, Friday)

0830-0900 Registration
0900-1030 Workshop 1Occupational Therapy and Primary Care: Building your Practice
Dr. Catherine Donnelly
Workshop 2Occupational Performance Coaching 1 Day Introductory Workshop: Enabling Participation through Coaching Caregivers
Dr. Fiona Graham
Workshop 3Embedding evidenced-based Occupational Therapy practice in care planning and interventions for persons with dementia
Ms Koh Hwan Jing, Ms Carmel Tso and Ms Bonnie Liu
1030-1100 Tea Break
1100-1230 Workshop 1(continued) Workshop 2(continued) Workshop 3(continued)
1230-1400 Lunch
1400-1530 Workshop 1(continued) Workshop 2(continued) Workshop 3(continued)
1530-1600 Tea Break
1600-1730 Workshop 1(continued) Workshop 2(continued) Workshop 3(continued)

Day 2 (04 November 2017, Saturday)
Conference Programme Outline

0800-0830 Registration
0830-0840 Welcome AddressDr Lim Chun Yi, President, Singapore Association Of Occupational Therapists
0840-0900 Opening AddressGuest of Honour:
0900-0915 A Tribute to Mrs Siva
0915-0930 Inspiring Occupational Therapist Award
0930-1030 Key Note LectureOccupational Therapy and Primary Care: Expanding Boundaries
Dr Catherine Donnelly
1030-1100 Tea Break
1100-1230 Concurrent Sessions: Paper Presentations
Session 1 Session 2 Session 3
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1500 Concurrent Sessions: Paper Presentations
Session 4 Session 5 Session 6
1500-1545 The Inside Chat
Mrs Koh Soek Ying and Ms Low Soon Peng
1545-1615 Tea Break
1615-1715 Plenary Speech Enabling Occupations Beyond Borders: Occupational Therapy and Coaching
Dr Fiona Graham
1715-1730 Closing Speech & Award PresentationMs Elain Koh, Chairperson, Scientific Committee, NOTC 2017

* Programme schedule subject to changes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Note Lecture

Occupational Therapy and Primary Care: Expanding Boundaries
Speaker: Dr. Catherine Donnelly
04 November 2017, Saturday

Primary care reform has been a global theme with a specific focus on team-based primary care. Recent papers have urged occupational therapists to consider their role and understand occupational therapy’s contribution in this setting. There is growing research highlighting the role of occupational therapy in primary care as generalists working across the lifespan, however there remains only emerging evidence as to the impact of occupational therapy on outcomes such as participation, health and well-being. The keynote will review the core features of primary care and emphasize the clear fit with the domain of occupational therapy. Research related to occupational therapy and primary care will be examined and specific examples of occupational therapy within the setting will be introduced. Finally, key research priorities for occupational therapy in primary care will be explored.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Plenary Speech

Enabling Occupations Beyond Borders: Occupational Therapy and Coaching
Speaker: Dr Fiona Graham
04 November 2017, Saturday

Coaching has gained favour in recent years as a core skill of occupational therapy and evidence of its effects is emerging in diverse areas of health and rehabilitation from infant paediatric rehabilitation to end of life care. However, coaching requires particular types of relationships with clients; relationships grounded in partnership, compassion and choice. The plenary session will suggest that adopting a coaching role requires consideration of our local context including the dominant cultural values, our personal-professional values and the health and education systems that we work within. Coaching may require us to let go of some alternative roles that have served the profession well in the past, such as the role of expert. Attendees will be invited to consider their readiness to embrace the role of coaching-occupational therapist and propose a framework to explore this transition as individual therapists, educators and service designers. Reconciliation with some fundamental standpoints of our profession will be needed for occupational therapy to lay an authentic claim to ‘being’ coaches or using coaching methods.


 

 

 

 

 

 

Workshop Synopses

Workshop 1 Occupational Therapy and Primary Care: Building your Practice
Presenter: Dr. Catherine Donnelly
03 November 2017, Friday

By the end of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the core features and principles of primary care.
  2. Articulate how to apply OT conceptual and practice models within a primary care context.
  3. Describe the unique roles for occupational therapy in primary care, with an emphasis on health promotion and chronic disease management/prevention.
  4. Apply health promotion and chronic disease management/prevention strategies to occupational therapy primary care case examples.
  5. Identify key evidence-informed resources to inform OT in primary care.

Educational Approach:
The workshop will employ a number of active learning strategies including: pair and share, small and large group discussion and case based learning. Brief didactic presentations interspersed with active learning strategies will provide key foundational knowledge related to occupational therapy and primary care.

Practice Implications:
This workshop will demonstrate how primary care principles and processes can be combined with occupational therapy frameworks to enable the community participation of individuals and groups who are at risk of or experience disability and illness. Evidence-informed resources will be described and integrated into case-study examples that illustrate the application of occupational therapy processes and enabling strategies into a primary health care context. Participants will be introduced to the Do-Live-Well, an occupation-based health promotion framework that can be used to support primary care intervention. The workshop will highlight how the primary health care context creates unique opportunities for practicing occupational therapy to its full scope and potential.


 

 

 

 

 

 
Workshop 2 Occupational Performance Coaching 1 Day Introductory Workshop: Enabling Participation through Coaching Caregivers
Presenter: Dr. Fiona Graham
03 November 2017, Friday

Occupational Performance Coaching (OPC) is a way of working with caregivers to achieve their goals. OPC is relevant to health professionals working with caregivers of people with any health condition across the lifespan that restricts participation in home, school or community settings. OPC is particularly useful to directly address situations in the lived environment and when building caregivers’ capacity to self-manage situations is desired. OPC involves highly collaborative goal setting and shared analysis of situations with caregivers. Communication with caregivers is structured in ways that enhance caregiver engagement and sense of competence.

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of the workshop participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the philosophy and purpose of coaching in the context of rehabilitation, and articulate their reflections on its application in staffs’ clinical areas.
  2. Describe and demonstrate the key techniques of coaching namely meaning-oriented goal-setting, eliciting caregiver knowledge and collaborative performance analysis.
  3. Identify key learning areas in their use of coaching and describe how these will be developed following the workshop.

Education Approach:
Teaching methods used in this workshop include lecturing supported by Powerpoint material, clinical storytelling, small group work and role play.

Practice Implications:
Emerging research evidence supports the use of coaching approaches, particularly in paediatric rehabilitation but also in the presence of significant physical and cognitive disability. Coaching entails specific methods of engagement with caregivers and patients that go beyond being client-centred. This workshop will enable individual therapists, and service managers and designers to attempt coaching methods in their service contexts and consider the implications for the design of services in implementing coaching methods.


 

 

 

 

 

 
Workshop 3 Embedding evidenced-based Occupational Therapy practice in care planning and interventions for persons with dementia
Presenters: Ms Koh Hwan Jing, Ms Carmel Tso and Ms Bonnie Liu
03 November 2017, Friday

In the current health and social care system, there is an increasing demand from health services for Occupational Therapists (OTs) to play a leading role in the management of clients with dementia. The role of Occupational Therapists includes environmental and functional assessments, interventions for activities of daily living, and the management of behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) in care settings and at home. OTs play an integral role in developing individualised care plans for clients with dementia, and are required to coach other care staff in the development and implementation of activity programmes. This workshop will explore the current knowledge and application of evidence-based Occupational Therapy practice in the care of persons with dementia, across the spectrum of acute, intermediate and long-term care settings.

Course Outline:

  1. Evidence-based Occupational Therapy practice for people with dementia;
  2. Assessment and evaluation tools used for developing care plans and dementia-specific programmes;
  3. Relevant models/ approaches used in the management of BPSD
  4. Case-based discussions and presentations
  5. Coaching and training in dementia care

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the 1 day workshop, participants will be able to:

  1. Critically appraise the use of different assessment and evaluation tools in the current field of dementia care;
  2. Apply relevant models/ approaches in individualised care planning for persons with dementia, including those with BPSD;
  3. Discuss and apply a range of interventions that enhance occupational performance and engagement of persons with dementia in different care settings.

Educational Approach/Pedagogy:
The workshop will include lectures, group discussions, case-based learning.

Practice Implications
This workshop will provide Occupational Therapists with the platform to discuss evidence-based practice in the context of transdisciplinary teams. Participants will be able to share best practices and resources to enhance Person-Centred Care delivery in a range of dementia care settings.