Friday, January 9, 2009

OT Updates

As the new year begins, here are some last year updates on OT programs at El Agouza Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Centre and
6 October University, provided by Sue Hartshorne:

Update: El Agouza Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Centre

The last two months has seen the departure of two of our three professional members of the Occupational Therapy staff.

Pip Dow, occupational therapist, returned to New Zealand with her family. Pip established occupational therapy services for people with spinal cord injuries at the centre as well as extending her skills to provide services for people with upper limb amputation and providing scar management for those with traumatic injuries including burns. Pip also collaborated with Sue on developing a Back School Program which is now being implemented at the Centre.
Takako Miya, art therapist, returned to Japan. Miya has been a valuable member of staff, assisting to establish a handskills program, play gym and gait and balance clinic in the Children's Unit as well as initiating therapeutic craft groups and individual treatments for adult outpatient and inpatients.

Both Pip and Miya also contributed to staff training in the areas of manual handling, spinal cord injury (Pip) and toy making (Miya).

I miss their cheerful and positive personalities and friendship. Currently I am attempting to fill the gaps they left but this is a daunting task!

Susan Hartshorne
Occupational Therapist

Update: October 6 University

There is still no further information from the university about their plan for an occupational therapy programme.

Susan Hartshorne
Occupational Therapist
The next CDOTE Meeting at the Learning Resource Center in Maadi, will be on Saturday, January 24th at 2pm.
Happy New Year Wishes to All...and thanks to all who have supported OT development in Egypt over the past year.

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