OTs at work in the Yukon Territory

History of AYOT in Yukon.

In the 1970s, Yukoners received rehabilitation services from dual trained Physio/Occupational Therapists working at Whitehorse General Hospital. These services included acute in-patient services, out-patient services and some home visits by therapists to Whitehorse and rural Yukon residents (by 1984). In 1987 there were three occupational therapists working in the Yukon. Today, there are over fifteen Occupational Therapists providing services in full and part time capacities across the Yukon.

What are some priority projects for AYOT?

  • Advocate to have the profession of Occupational Therapy regulated under the Health Care Professions Act (passed 2003).
  • Work with Yukon Government’s Public Service Commission to have Occupational Therapy positions reclassified at a Master’s Level.
  • Collaborate with the Yukon Government program - Supports for Families of Children with Disabilities to maximize families’ access to pediatric Occupational Therapy.
  • Lobby for reimbursement sources to promote Private Practice in the area of neuro-rehabilitation.
  • Collaborate with Mental Health initiatives to identify the role of Occupational Therapy on a multi-disciplinary team.
  • On-going education to the public with regards to services provided by Occupational therapists.

With whom do we partner?

Yukon Government programs:
Family and Children Services
Palliative Care Program Coordinator
Special Educators in Yukon schools
Public Health
Adult Protection services
Staff Development branch
Health Promotion
Mental Health Services
Community Health Centres
Hearing Services
Supported Independent Living Workers
Public Guardian and Trustee office
Funders:
Yukon Housing CorporationCanadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Yukon Senior’s ProgramYukon Chronic Disease Program
Non-insured Health BenefitsSport Yukon Children’s Recreation Funding
NGO/Programs:
Child Abuse and Treatment ServicesHealthy Families
Child Care Centres/ PreschoolsCanadian Prenatal Nutrition Program
Diabetic Education ClinicYukon Multiple Sclerosis Society
Canadian National Institute for the BlindSeniors yard and maintenance programs
Learning Disability Association of YukonAutism Yukon
Fetal Alcohol Syndrome Society of YukonYukon Association for Community Living
Challenge Vocational Rehab ServicesMany Rivers Counseling Services
Red Cross Medical Equipment Loan ServiceHealth Equipment Vendors
Workers Compensation BoardCanadian Paraplegic Association
First Nations Partners
First Nations’ Health and Social ServicesFN Education Coordinators
Community Education Learning Coordinators Aboriginal Athletes’ Programming