OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY: THE NEW MILLENNIUM
Mary M. Evert (Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA)
Health and social system changes demand changes from occupational therapy practitioners toward a broader use of the therapeutic benefits of occupation as a means of achieving and sustaining client health and well-being. Effective interventions delivered in communities, homes, work environments, schools and health care institutions require new strategies and competencies for occupational therapy personnel. Stronger foundations in research and in intervention outcomes are as critical as expertise in business, communication/marketing, and client and community education. Twenty-first century challenges present great opportunities for the profession.
DEVELOPING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN THE ASIAN REGION
The author describes the development of Occupational Therapyin the early years and the programs of the profession. especially in this region is discussed.
The need for the countries to look at their own needs, rather than comparing with other countries and the failure of therapists to market their profession is stressed. Methods to sell the profession is also discussed.
The comparison of Asian and Western outlook of the profession is discussed and the concept of cultural factors, equipments are taken into account.
The development of training programs, the shortage of therapists care high-lighted. The need for regional meetings, exchange of staff is also expressed in this presentation.