Safe Travel for All Children: Halifax, NS

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Safe Travel for All Children: Halifax, NS

May 14 @ 7:30 am - May 16 @ 5:00 pm

Safe Travel for All Children: Training Opportunity

There will be a two-day training conducted by the IWK Health Centre in support of the safe transportation of children with special healthcare needs.

Location: APSEA, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Dates: May 14, 15, 2020 (Thursday, Friday)
Fee: no additional fee for IWK staff
$150 for NSHA or other outside participants

Overview of Issue

There is a recognized ongoing needs for Canadian families to have support in accessing appropriate, specialized car transportation equipment for children with medical, physical and behavioural needs.

Who is this course for:

Practitioners who support the safe discharge of infants, children and youth with special healthcare needs as a part of their employment in a hospital, healthcare centre, rehabilitation centre, or other organization as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, or a medical equipment vendor,

Why is this important:

Injuries related to motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of injury-related death for Canadian children. The families in your practice need additional support to transport their children safely.

About this course:

“Safe Travel for All Children: Transporting Children with Special Healthcare Needs” is designed to serve as an enrichment training for Child Passenger Safety Technicians (CPSTs).  This initiative is specifically intended for occupational therapists or physiotherapists, medical equipment vendors, or other healthcare staff who directly support the safe positioning and transportation needs of children and youth as part of their role.

The two-day training combines classroom lectures and discussions with hands-on exercises including interactions with families. Participants will be introduced to medical conditions that can affect restraint selection and have the opportunity to investigate and install specialized restraint systems. The training includes a written exam and proficiency check-offs that evaluate the student’s ability to assess appropriate restraints and to demonstrate proper selection, use and installation.

About your instructors:

This unique training will be co-taught by a team of the following:
– Katherine Hutka (Child Safety Link, IWK Health Centre)
– Julia Gates (OT specialty seating, IWK Health Centre)

Katherine and Julia were trained and mentored by Dr. Marilyn Bull (National Center for the Safe Transportation of Children with Special Healthcare Needs, Indianapolis, IN) and Tammy Franks (National Safety Council) to instruct this course.


There are 12 positions available: We will consider applications from Atlantic Canada as a priority, but then we will consider applications from outside Atlantic Canada.

The application form can be found here.  We will notify the first round of successful applicants on or before April 1st, 2020.

Priority will be given to those who have:

  • Employment in a hospital, healthcare centre, rehabilitation centre, or other organization as an occupational therapist or physiotherapist, an Ortho tech or nurse, or a medical equipment vendor, who directly supports the safe transportation of children and youth as part of their role.
  • Current Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) certification at time of STAC training

If you are not currently certified as a CPST you may apply for STAC training, and note that you are registered CPSAC CPST training course.  Please note there will be availability reserved in the CPST training scheduled for May 11, 12, 13 that immediately precedes STAC training in Halifax.

Please feel free to call Katherine Hutka at 902-470-7324 or email if you have further questions.


May 14 @ 7:30 am
May 16 @ 5:00 pm
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5940 South Street Halifax, NS
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 1S6 Canada
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