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Audience and Lecturer

 2023 Paediatric Update Symposium
 June 2nd-3rd   


The BCACDI is hosting it's Paediatric Update Symposium on June 2nd-3rd, 2023. The Update Symposium takes place every 2 years and focused on content relevant to Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Speech-Language Pathologists working with children and youth with support needs.  The conference location is in Vancouver, BC at the Child and Family Research Institute at BC Children's Hospital (access via BC Children's, 4500 Oak Street).


Due to pandemic restrictions, attendance is limited to 100 participants in-person. Virtual attendance is available. 

IMPORTANT: Review the conference agenda and session description documents, and have your 1st and 2nd choice for breakout sessions in mind when you head to the Eventbrite site to register. 

Be sure to select the correct ticket option (i.e. - general admission, or virtual attendee)

Keynote Speakers

Harley Eagle

Cultural Safety

Harley Eagle is of Dakota & Ojibway Indigenous ancestry and has lived on Vancouver Island BC at various times totaling 25 years. He worked for several years as an Indigenous Cultural Safety Facilitator for the Island Health Authority and now works full time as a consultant specializing in Indigenous cultural safety, conflict management strategies, anti-racism/anti-oppression as they pertain to Indigenous Peoples, and trauma-informed practice training, and initiatives. He strives to recall and reclaim Indigenous understandings of life and all his work. While still remaining deeply connected to the health care world for his work, he also works with many other areas of society including the child welfare system, policing, academia, many nonprofits and for profit companies

Dr. Sally Lindsay

Challenges and strategies of providing sex and gender-sensitive care in pediatric rehabilitation.

Sex and gender play a critical role in the health of youth with disabilities. However, youth and young adults with disabilities are often viewed as non-sexual and genderless. Our study addressed an important gap by exploring the challenges and strategies of providing sex and gender-sensitive care amongst pediatric rehabilitation clinicians. This presentation draws on a study involving a qualitative design involving 23 interviews with pediatric clinicians from a range of disciplines. Our findings highlighted common challenges (e.g., lack of training, lack of attention to gender identity and sexuality, stereotypes and discrimination); and suggested strategies (e.g., effective communication, acknowledgement of gender identity and sexuality, rapport development, and patient-centered care) in providing sex and gender-sensitive care. Enhanced training for healthcare providers is critical for optimizing patient outcomes and experiences, in addition to addressing gender-based health inequalities. A brief educational simulation, that was co-created with clinicians and youth with disabilities, will be shown to highlight some of the challenges and solutions for addressing gender-sensitive care.

CanChild's Rachel Teplicky

F-Words and Implementation Science


Rachel Teplicky is the Business and Engagement Officer at CanChild, McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. She is an occupational therapist who has worked with preschool-aged children and their families. Rachel’s research interests include child and youth participation, family-centred service, the F-words for Child Development, and stakeholder engagement. In addition, Rachel oversees CanChild’s revenue generation activities, including the MPOC Measurement and Analysis Service.

BC Practice Profiles

15 minute overviews of innovative practice or research happening right here in BC. Expect 5-10 Practice Profiles with time for questions from participants

Break out Sessions

75 minute workshops on specific topics related to paediatric rehabilitation

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