Allied Health Professional Development Fund

The Ontario government has announced that it will be winding down the Allied Health Professional Development Fund (AHPDF) and will end the fund as of March 31, 2020. Final submissions must be submitted on or prior to March 2, 2020 to be considered.

On January 27, 2020, the Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care released their announcement and Key Messages and Frequently Asked Questions. The Government welcomes your feedback and has made a commitment to review funding for all allied health professionals. Please direct your questions to alliedhealthprograms@ontario.ca.

OSOT has represented occupational therapists' interests in the funds since its inception and continues to advocate to the government through this transition. OSOT welcomes your comments and ideas at osot@osot.on.ca

OSOT continues to support occupational therapists by providing high quality, evidence-informed, professional development opportunities. OSOT Members have access to over 60 free and low cost archived webinars, live webinars and workshops, and event listings.

In addition, OSOT has updated resources where you can Find Evidence for your Practice, including access to open-source journal articles, abstracts, databases, and resources.

Occupational therapists registered to practice in Ontario are eligible to apply for funding to reimburse expenses for  
professional development activities from the province's Allied Health Professional Development Fund, up to and including March 2, 2020.  OTs may apply for up to $1500 to reimburse costs relating to eligible professional development activities completed on or before March 2, 2020. See program details at www.ahpdf.ca.


Electronic Health Library
While at the AHPDF website note the link to the Electronic Health Library which provides registered Ontario occupational therapists with access to the most recent health care literature to help determine the best approach to evidence-based practice. Access to the Electronic Health Library will end as of March 31, 2020 (along with the Fund).

Current databases made accessible through the Electronic Health Library include;     
                                     
  • CINAHL complete
  • Medline with Full Text
  • DynaMed Plus
Complimentary webinars that provide orientation to the Electronic Health Library and introductory and advanced literature search skills are scheduled regularly and are promoted and accessible through the library website.  View archived tutorial webinars and resources here.

Visit the Electronic Health Library.