8 April 2016


Day 1 (1 November 2019, Friday)

0830-0900 Registration
0900-1730 Workshop 1 Optimising Interventions to Promote Community Participation and in Your Practice
Dr Elizabeth Skidmore
Workshop 2Action over Inertia: An Occupational Therapy Intervention to Enable the Activity Health of People with Serious Mental Illnesses
Dr Terry Krupa

*There will be lunch break and 2 tea breaks provided during the course of the workshop.

Day 2 (2 November 2019, Saturday)
Conference Programme Outline (subjected to change)

0800-0830 Registration
0830-0840 Welcome Guest of HonourAssociate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
0840-0850 Welcome AddressMs Ngooi Bi Xia
President, Singapore Association Of Occupational Therapists
0850-0900 Video PresentationAddress by Chief Allied Health Officer
Ms Susan Niam
0900-0930 Inspiring Occupational Therapist Award
0930-1030 Keynote LectureCommunity Participation: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Community Health and Well-Being
Dr Elizabeth Skidmore
1030-1100 Tea Break
1100-1230 Concurrent Sessions: Paper Presentations
Session 1 Facilitating Participation Through Cognitive Approaches and Technology
Facilitator: Ms Tang Li Wen
Hall 1-1, 1-2
  1. The Validity of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment for Moderate to Severe Traumatic Brain Injury Patients
    Soh Yanming – Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  2. Occupational Therapy’s Contribution to Decision-Making Capacity Assessment in Ireland
    Ruth Usher – Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland
  3. Improving Participation With Cognitive Approach – Case Study of a Stroke Survivor
    Chua Shi Jia – AWWA Ltd., Singapore
  4. Effectiveness of Computer-Assisted Cognitive Rehabilitation for Adults With Cognitive Impairment Post Stroke
    See Chee Qing – Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Singapore
  5. A Pilot Exploratory Study on the Use of Technology and Tele-Rehabilitation in Occupational Therapy
    Ng Shu Ling – Alexandra Hospital, Singapore
  6. Challenges and Demands of Motorised Wheelchair Assessment and Training in Acute Hospital Settings – A Multi-Centre Survey
    Pauline Michelle Ruiz Balbino – Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore
Session 2Platforms to Improve Participation in Families and Children
Facilitator: Ms Cheng Shuet Fong
Training Room 1-2
  1. Difficulties in Child Care Among Japanese Mothers With Depression by Mixed Methods Study
    Aiko Hoshino – Graduate School of Medicine, Nagoya University, Japan
  2. Exploring Parent Coaching in Early Childhood Intervention: A Pilot Study
    Shanice, Tan Choon Nee – Fei Yue Community Services, Singapore
  3. Barriers and Facilitators to Family Participation in Daily Life
    Susan Allen – Kaleidoscope Therapy Center, Singapore; and University of Reading, United Kingdom
  4. Outcomes of Bodyworkz Group Therapy in Improving Body Awareness and Social Participation in Children With Neurodevelopmental Disorders: A Pilot Study
    Tang Wei Kiat – Institute of Mental Health, Singapore
  5. The Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) Approach and Daily Living Skills (DLS) for a Student With Autism
    Thangam Balakrishnan – AWWA Ltd., Singapore
  6. Understanding the Participation Needs of Adolescents With DCD in Singapore
    Joseph Tampos and Gillian Hong – AWWA Ltd., Singapore
Session 3 Encouraging Participation Across Distinct Communities
Facilitator: Ms Ngooi Bi Xia
Training Room 1-1
  1. Effectiveness of a Multicomponent Frailty Management Programme Among Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Singapore: A Pilot-Controlled Trial
    Tim Xu Tianma – Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore
  2. Occupations of Community Dwelling Older Adults in Singapore
    Ng Wen Xu – Singapore General Hospital, Singapore
  3. Developing a Person-Centred Care Plan for Improved Outcomes of Persons With Dementia in the Community
    Namrata Sadarangani – St. Andrew’s Community Hospital, Singapore
  4. Efficacy of a Self-Management Intervention for Patients With Breast Cancer
    Ong Jie Xin – National University Hospital, Singapore
  5. Understanding How Students Learn During Role-Emerging Placements
    Karina Dancza – Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore
  6. ‘Going out Is Different Now’ – Experiences of Patients in Accessing Their Community After a Disease or Disability
    Elisa Arumugam – Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore
1230-1330 Lunch
1330-1500 Concurrent Sessions: Paper Presentations Seminar
Session 4Investigating Outcomes to Improve Participation
Facilitator: Ms Pow Siok Kee
Hall 1-1, 1-2
  1. The Effects of Prism Adaptation Treatment on Unilateral Spatial Neglect and Activities of Daily Living: A Single Case Report
    Jessica Tan Wan Ru – Alexandra Hospital, Singapore
  2. ‘Measuring the Elusive Construct’ – A Qualitative Study Exploring How Therapists Perceive the Measurement of Dexterity in Hand and Upper Limb Rehabilitation
    Joshua Yong – Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore
  3. Comparison of Outcomes Between Local and Foreign Workers in a Hospital-Based Return-To-Work (RTW) Programme: Implications for Occupational Therapists
    Tan Siew Khoon Heidi – Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  4. A Survey Study on the Use of Patient Rated Outcome (PRO) Measures Among Hand Occupational Therapists in Singapore
    Kris Tong Duan Lian – National University Hospital, Singapore
  5. Effects of a Non-Surgical Rehabilitation Programme on Pain and Function for Adults With Acute Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Injury
    Tai Un San Christina – National University Hospital, Singapore
  6. What Are We Measuring? A Structured Review of the Constructs Evaluated by Performance-Based Outcome Measures of Dexterity
    Joshua Yong – Sengkang General Hospital, Singapore
Session 5Quality Improvement in Practice
Facilitator: Ms Chua Siong Yin
Training Room 1-2
  1. Parents’ Perception of a Pilot Self-Regulation Group Intervention for Kindergarten 2 Children
    Ong Shu Zhen – KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, Singapore
  2. Transdiscplinary Practice in Acute Setting
    Zhuang Yuna – Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  3. Increasing the Percentage of Stroke Patients Receiving an Evidence-Based Upper Limb (UL) Intervention – Occupational Therapy for Learning and Improving Functions Everyday (OT Life) in the Acute Stroke Unit (ASU): A Clinical Practice Improvement Journey
    Gladys Lim Weitong – Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  4. Introducing ‘Scope’ – A Guide to Conducting Caregiver Training (CGT)
    Poh Jia Yi Cheryl – Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  5. Patient Empowerment Initiatives for Total Knee Replacement Patients at Tan Tock Seng Hospital Rehabilitation Centre
    Toh Ee Mui Shirlene – Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore
  6. Staff Perceptions of Having a Resident Companion Cat in an Older Adult Mental Health Ward
    Grace Tan Huai En and Soh Hui’en – Curtin University, Australia
Assessing Participation in Children*
Speaker: Ms Amy Schulenburg
Facilitator: Ms Jessica Hooi
Training Room 1-1
1500-1600 Insight ChatMr Wong Zi Heng
Facilitator: Mr Gabriel Kwek Tan and Ms Jessica Tan
1600-1630 Tea Break
1630-1730 Plenary LectureHow Occupational Therapy Knowledge and Practice can Inform the Development of Interventions and Measures to Enable Participation.
Dr Terry Krupa
1730-1745 Closing Speech & Award PresentationMs Jeyamany Jacob
Chairperson, Scientific Committee
Poster Presentations
  1. Use of Screener of Handwriting Proficiency to Assess Handwriting Skills of Children With Special Needs in Early Intervention
    Chua Yen Peng Linda – Fei Yue Community Services, Singapore
  2. Participation-Focused Transition Planning: OTs’ Role in Promoting Self-Determination Within Community-Based Trans-Disciplinary Teams
    Chen Liyun – AWWA Ltd., Singapore

Keynote Lecture

Community Participation: Occupational Therapy’s Role in Community Health and Well-Being Speaker: Dr Elizabeth Skidmore
2 November 2019, Saturday

Often, community participation is viewed as a distal outcome of health. However, a preponderance of evidence suggests that participation is a correlate of health, at a minimum, and even more likely, a contributor to health. This keynote address will provide a new conceptualisation of the associations between participation and health and a “call to action” in occupational therapy education, practice, and research to place participation at the forefront of health and health related discussions. The lecture will also describe the current relationships between community health and well-being and give and account of the theoretically-informed approaches that promote community participation, and the evidence of their effectiveness.

Plenary Lecture

How Occupational Therapy Knowledge and Practice can Inform the Development of Interventions and Measures to Enable Participation Speaker: Dr Terry Krupa
2 November 2019, Saturday

Contemporary conceptualisations of “health and well-being” are increasingly recognising the importance of the activities that people do in their daily lives and how these activities are experienced through participation in communities and society. Yet evidence-informed practice related to health and well-being through participation is relatively underdeveloped.

Participation is closely aligned to the construct of occupational engagement, a focal concern of occupational therapy knowledge and practice. This plenary session will develop ideas about realising the potential of occupational therapy to make meaningful contributions to the advancement of interventions and measures to enable full participation. Factors to be considered will include: articulating the links between participation and health/well-being; creating real opportunities for participation; integrating consideration of the multiple factors influencing participation; connecting interventions and outcomes to societal needs and priorities and views of justice; and sensitivity to the lived experience of individuals and their networks. The session will conclude with a brief discussion of how occupational therapists might raise the profile of their interventions and measures directed to enabling participation.

Workshop Synopses

Workshop 1 Optimising Interventions to Promote Community Participation and in Your Practice Presenter: Dr Elizabeth Skidmore
1 November 2019, Friday

Learning Objectives:
  1. Define community participation and characterise its relationship to health
  2. Describe core intervention strategies to promote community participation in practice
  3. Apply these strategies through case-based discussions
Educational Approach:

The workshop will provide an overview of current and emerging evidence, practical applications, case-based discussions, and video case examples.

Practice Implications:

Workshop participants will acquire skills in designing intervention programmes focused on stimulating community participation. These skills will include community-based goal setting, behavioral activation, strategy training, and outcome assessment.

Workshop 2Action over Inertia: An Occupational Therapy Intervention to Enable the Activity Health of People with Serious Mental Illnesses Presenter: Dr Terry Krupa
1 November 2019, Friday

Learning Objectives:
  1. Apply this occupation-based intervention to address the activity-health needs of individuals with serious mental illnesses
  2. Participate in program-level continuous improvement related to occupational engagement and activity health
  3. Consider how the main intervention elements might be applied to other populations served by occupational therapists
Educational Approach:
This one-day workshop uses a case-based learning approach, personal reflections and experience with the intervention tools, didactic teaching and open discussion to:
  • Review of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of the intervention
  • Provide training in key practice elements of the intervention process
  • Consider how to build support for the intervention in practice contexts
Practical Implications:

Occupational therapists are interested in raising the profile of the profession in the mental health field and beyond. One approach to this is for the profession to develop, implement and evaluate occupation-based intervention approaches that are focused directly on poorly addressed challenges and gaps that currently exist in health service delivery. In this way the potential for the profession to meaningfully contribute and “add value” to the advancement of scholarship and practice in the mental health field can be demonstrated.

One such challenge is the profound lack of occupational engagement and social participation experienced by a significant number of people living with serious mental illnesses. This issue is enormously challenging, but it is directly within the purview and scope of occupational therapy scholarship and practice.

This full-day workshop will introduce participants to Action Over Inertia, an intervention approach which aims to re-engage community dwelling individuals with serious mental illness with meaningful activity patterns that are associated with health and well-being. While the intervention is based on theories of time use and activity-health, it is sensitive to the lived experience of individuals and is based on an understanding that such significant activity disruptions are likely the result of a complex interaction between biomedical, psychological, social and broader societal factors. In addition to therapeutic processes applied to the individual, the intervention involves occupational therapists in identifying the broader service and systems-levels factors that are key to support this occupation-based practice and offers approaches to building this supportive context for practice


Edgelow, M. and Krupa, T. (2011). A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study of an Occupational Time Use Intervention for People with Serious Mental Illness. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 65(3), 267-276.
Krupa, T., Edgelow, D., Radloff-Gabriel, D., Mieras, C. et al (2010). Action over inertia: Addressing the activity-health needs of individuals with serious mental illness. Ottawa: CAOT publications.

SeminarAssessing Participation in Children* Ms Amy Schulenburg
2 November 2019, Saturday

Participation is a core domain of concern for occupational therapists. This presentation will provide information about the CAPE/PAC, M-FUN and School Function Assessment, all of which can be used to provide information about a child’s participation in activities at home, school, and outside of school. We will consider when, why and how to use the assessments and will explore how to interpret and use the results to inform goal setting and intervention planning.

Learning Objectives:
  • Understand the importance of assessing participation and why OTs are uniquely positioned to do this
  • Learn about 3 tools that can help to objectively assess participation (CAPE/PAC, M-Fun and SFA)
  • What does each tool assess and which children is it appropriate for?
  • How to administer each assessment
  • How to interpret assessment results
  • How to incorporate assessment findings into functional goals and intervention strategies
Education Approach:
  • Interactive lecture with ample opportunity for Q&A
  • Opportunity to explore the three assessment tools at the end of the workshop
Practice Implications:
  • A clear understanding of how objectively assessing participation can improve outcomes for paediatric clients
  • Increased comfort with choosing, administering and interpreting 3 relevant assessment tools
* This session is sponsored by Pearson Clinical and Talent Assessment