Day 1 (03 November 2017, Friday)

0830-0900 Registration
0900-1030 Workshop 1Occupational Therapy and Primary Care: Building your Practice
Dr Catherine Donnelly
Training Room 1-1
Workshop 2Occupational Performance Coaching 1 Day Introductory Workshop: Enabling Participation through Coaching Caregivers
Dr Fiona Graham
Training Room 1-2
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
Training Room 2-1
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: Mr Amrin Amin
Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Health
0900-0915 A Tribute to Mrs Siva
Mr Anjan Kumar Ghosh, Director, National Council of Social Service
0915-0930 Inspiring Occupational Therapist Award
Ms Lau Cheng Mun
0930-1030 Keynote LectureOccupational Therapy and Primary Care: Expanding Boundaries
Dr Catherine Donnelly
1030-1100 Tea Break
1100-1230 Concurrent Sessions: Paper Presentations
Session 1Enabling Participation
Facilitator: Ms Millicent Poh
Event Hall 1-1 and 1-2

  1. Piloting the Stepping On after Stroke Programme for Community Stroke Survivors in Singapore: A Feasibility Study
    Xu Tianma – Singapore Institute of Technology
  2. Efficacy of Occupation-Based Group Therapy for Patients With Oncological Conditions in an Acute Hospital – A Pilot Study
    Ong Jie Xin – National University Hospital
  3. “We Enable Camp” – A Sensory-Based and Occupation-Focused Programme for Children With ADHD and/or Autism and Their Parents
    Tang Wei Kiat and Jayapaul Ashley – Institute of Mental Health
  4. Move It, Shake It! : Using Music and Movement As Occupation-As-Means to Improve Fundamental Motor Skills (FMS) in Children
    Shamini d/o Logannathan – KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  5. Feasibility of “SilverTune” for Chronic Stroke Patients in a Singapore Rehabilitation Setting
    Priscilla Lim Pei Si – Nanyang Polytechnic
  6. The Impact of Powered Mobility Device Use on Everyday Living of Community-Dwelling Elderly in Singapore – An Exploratory Study
    Tew Shi Ting, May – Nanyang Polytechnic
Session 2Exploring New Frontiers
Facilitator: Mr Max Lim
Training Room 1-1

  1. Factors Affecting Adherence to Recommended Home Modifications When Self-Management Is Adopted in a Falls Risk Population
    Andrea Claudia Koh Ser Wei and Lim Qian Hui – Nanyang Polytechnic
  2. From Process Care to Quality Care: A Therapy Assistant Upskilling Project
    Janis Yeo Siew Ting – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  3. Do Occupational Therapy Assistants Have a Role in Conducting Home Safety Assessment for Falls Prevention? An Exploratory Study in Singapore
    Foo Shi Hui – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  4. “Mov-Mentia”: The Philosophy and Implementation of an Inclusive Programme for Clients in the Autumn of Their Lives
    Ng Lip Chin – Renci Community Hospital
  5. Ensuring Clinical Sustainability and Cost-Effectiveness of a Dog Assisted Therapy (DAT) Programme for the Persons With Dementia (PWD) Through Volunteers
    Anandarajah Giselle Gelena – Ang Mo Kio – Thye Hua Kwan Hospital
  6. Feasibility of a Self-Administered Upper Limb (UL) Bedside Programme (OT LIFE) During Acute Inpatient Stroke Rehabilitation
    Teh Jia Yi Trudy and Lim Yi Hui – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
Session 3Strengthening Practice
Facilitator: Ms Vivian Tan
Training Room 1-2

  1. “Going home”: An Occupational Therapy Perspective on Inpatient Low Vision Rehabilitation
    Lim Yi Hui – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  2. Clinical Utility of the Young Children’s Participation and Environment Measure (YC-PEM) (Singapore) for Children With Developmental Needs
    Nataline Ng Huai Kuan – KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital
  3. Utilising Pressure Mapping to Facilitate Informed Decisions of Sitting Equipment for Elderly With Pressure Sores: Case Studies in Home Care Setting
    Chng Yin Ru, Priscilla – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  4. A Critical Review of Performance-Based Hand Function Assessments for Patients With Acute Cervical Spinal Cord Injury From an Occupational Therapy Perspective
    Lee Zhi Yu – Glasgow Caledonian University
  5. The Association Between Wrist and Forearm Range of Motion Measures and Self-Reported Physical Function Post Distal Radius Fractures
    Yang Zixian – Singapore General Hospital
  6. Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy in Conservative Management of Traumatic and Atraumatic Rotator Cuff Tears: Two Case Studies
    Mrinmoy Karmakar – SPD
1230-1400 Lunch

Concurrent Sharing (1245 – 1345)Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Powered Mobility Aids
Mr Mohamad Nizar
Facilitator: Ms Goh Pei Qi
Event Hall 1-1 and 1-2

1400-1500 Concurrent Sessions: Paper Presentations
Session 4The Changing Face of Primary Care
Dr Elaine Tan
Facilitator: Ms Millicent Poh
Event Hall 1-1 and 1-2
Session 5Inside Conversations
Facilitator: Mr Lin Sijie
Training Room 1-1

  1. Let’s Talk About Sexuality, What Do People Think?: Perspectives of the Public and Occupational Therapists
    Maria Vinodini d/o Panneer Selvam – Nanyang Polytechnic
  2. Exploring Life Narratives of Survivors of Acquired Brain Injury Using the Kawa Model
    Evelyn Fong Shu Fen – Nanyang Polytechnic
  3. Client-Centred Practice in Public Acute Care Settings: A Qualitative Study
    Giang Thuy Anh – Khoo Teck Puat Hospital
  4. Coping at Home After Acute Hospitalisation in Singapore: Perspectives of Caregivers of Persons With Dementia
    Lin Yiwei – National University Hospital
Session 6The Sound of Music: Exploring the Use of Music and Sound in Occupational Therapy
Dr Suvi Pitkola
Facilitator: Ms Vivian Tan
Training Room 1-2
1500-1545 The Inside Chat
Mrs Koh Soek Ying and Ms Low Soon Peng
Facilitator: Mr Gabriel Kwek
1545-1615 Tea Break
1615-1715 Plenary Lecture 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

Poster Presentations
  1. Enabling Occupation in a Child With Sensory Processing Difficulties
    Anthea Ruth Thornton – Kaleidoscope Therapy Centre
  2. A Limited Systematic Review of Non-Pharmacological Interventions on the Management of Depression in Cancer
    Neo Cui Fang Josephine – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  3. Prevalence of Visual Deficits Among Older Adults in a Sub-Acute Rehabilitation Ward
    Boey Shuying Debbie – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  4. Empowering Patients on Dialysis for Meaningful Occupation in Singapore – An Exploratory Study
    Liew Chuan Hui Stella – Tan Tock Seng Hospital
  5. A Survey on Understanding and Practice for Patients With Post Stroke Cognitive, Depression and Anxiety Issues in Singapore Acute Hospital
    Fang Yihong – Changi General Hospital
  6. Home, a Place for Occupation and Meaningful Engagement (H.O.M.E) for Persons With Dementia
    Leow Yan Juan and Elizabeth Chng Pei Yong – Singapore Institute of Technology







Keynote 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 Lecture

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.






Session 4 The Changing Face of Primary Care
Dr Elaine Tan
Facilitator: Ms Millicent Poh
04 November 2017, Saturday

The landscape of primary care has evolved with changing population demographics and healthcare needs. The predominance of the chronic disease burden and the ageing population calls for a fundamental relook at how healthcare is delivered across primary care, and the reestablishment of the primacy of the role of the family doctor, both in continuity of care and holistic management of patients’ needs. Empowering self-care, team-based care in the community, and successful aging are keys to a sustainable future healthcare system. Efforts that have focused on integrating the public and private primary care sectors will be shared, as part of the vision of transformation of the primary care sector.






Session 6 The Sound of Music: Exploring the Use of Music and Sound in Occupational Therapy
Dr Suvi Pitkola
Facilitator: Ms Vivian Tan
04 November 2017, Saturday

The therapeutic value of music in the treatment of various conditions is well researched. Yet, many OT’s are hesitant to use music as a therapeutic tool in their daily practice. This presentation aims to provide OT’s with tips on how music listening can be incorporated into various clinical settings.

The first part of the presentation introduces the therapeutic elements of music, and discusses how music can be chosen for a safe and effective application in clinical practice. The emphasis will be placed on the use of music listening to improve regulation of alertness in all age groups. Several musical examples will be provided for a first-hand experience.

The second part discusses the principles of sound therapy and provides a synopsis of sound therapy research. A listening experience will help the listener understand the differences between various methods of sound therapy. A case study of a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a participant in Suvi’s doctoral study, will highlight the benefits of Samonas Sound Therapy in improving social engagement and interaction.






Concurrent Sharing Practice Guidelines for Prescribing Powered Mobility Aids
Mr Mohamad Nizar
Facilitator: Ms Goh Pei Qi
04 November 2017, Saturday

The development of the intermediate and long-term care (ILTC) sectors have led to a renewed focus on aging in place and fostering an inclusive community. Resources and funding are now readily available to achieve these goals. For example, the Seniors’ Mobility and Enabling Fund (SMF) was launched by the Agency for Integrated Care (AIC) to support older adults to live more independently in the community. As such, there is now greater awareness of the availability of assistive technology and devices, particularly powered mobility aids, among service recipients. Occupational therapists play a vital role in recommending suitable assistive devices to ensure that individuals can achieve optimal function in their everyday lives. Powered mobility aids are among the most commonly prescribed devices. These devices can help individuals access their immediate environments and the community-at-large, thus allowing individuals to participate in their valued social roles and occupations, and enhance their quality of life.

With the advent of the Active Mobility Bill in 2017, it is imperative to develop standards of practice to structure the training and education of users of powered mobility aids. The Singapore Association of Occupational Therapists has taken the initiative to compile a set of practice guidelines based on a review of current evidence and consensus-building with local occupational therapists who are experienced in prescribing powered mobility aids to patients. This presentation will share the second draft of the practice guidelines, and help other clinicians consider their roles in prescribing powered mobility aids to future patients.