Historical call for an OT School 1960 - 2005

1960 Thompson Report
Recommended province have own educational programs in Rehabilitation

1963-65 U of S established School of Rehabilitation for education of PTs and OTs
Only PT School went ahead as no faculty could be found for OT School

1972 Government review of adequacy of OT access
Found continuing severe shortages and continuing need for educational program.

Late 70s Government embarks on “purchased seats” program
Interim step of purchased seats implemented to allow government time to develop Saskatchewan OT program.

1979 Saskatchewan Health-Care Association points out need for OT program
This was the first of repeated calls for an OT educational program in Saskatchewan

1980 Saskatchewan Task Force on Rehabilitation
Stated something needed to be done immediately about lack of occupational therapists.

1982 Western Canada Health Manpower Study
Stated Saskatchewan needed an education program for OT with enrollment of 20 and needed to get the ratio of OTs to population down to 1:5000 by the year 2000 from the existing ratio of 1:20,000.

1982 Feasibility study into establishing Sask. OT program
Committee’s prime recommendation was establishment of program at the University of Saskatchewan.

1985 Dick Report
Stated government’s current approach of bursaries, national/provincial recruitment and purchased seat arrangements were inadequate to address the shortage of OTs and were compounding the shortage of PTs.

1988 Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists and Association of Canadian Occupational Therapy University Programs
Formally endorse the need for the immediate establishment of an educational program in OT in Saskatchewan.

1988 Federal/Provincial Report on Rehabilitation Personnel
Recommends provinces without in-province rehabilitation programs consider implementing them. OT programs across Canada increased their enrollments.

1989 White Report on U of S, College of Medicine
It concluded need to start an OT educational program on the basis: “The cost should be modest in relation to the benefits that will accrue to the people of Saskatchewan.”

1989 Saskatchewan Health-Care Association
States in a document that urgency for the need of a provincial OT program

1989 Saskatchewan Commission on Directions in Health Care
Recommended a new program of occupational therapy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Early 1990’s Saskatchewan Cerebral Palsy Association
Mounted a province wide campaign to urge the government to establish an OT educational program called Occupational Therapy – An investment in the future.

1993 Saskatchewan Universities Review Panel
States purchased seat program not effective.

2001 Fyke Commission and Action Plan from Saskatchewan Health
Described Occupational Therapists as critical members of Primary Health Care Teams

2005 Saskatchewan Health Workforce Action Plan
Described Occupational Therapy defined as one of the hard to recruit professional groups in Saskatchewan