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President’s Message

                 

                                    

President’s Message for August 2015

The WFOT Executive Management Team attended the WFOT Executive Management Team Meeting (EMTM), from 21 – 25 April 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This annual EMTM serves to ensure that the business of the WFOT continues to be managed and progressed between Council Meetings as well as providing the host country the opportunity to promote the profession and for the EMT to connect with students and therapists. The meeting was organised by the Asociacion Argentina de Terapistas Ocupacionales and supported by an amazing team of volunteers coordinated by Carolina Alchouron, WFOT Delegate for Argentina. (More information about the meeting will be available in the November 2015 Bulletin).

During this meeting there was significant discussion around the work that the WFOT undertakes with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and since returning I have had the privilege of coordinating major international review teams on the following topics. (Member organisations were asked to nominate representatives): 

WHO activity

Countries represented on the review teams

·        Draft World Report on Ageing and Health

·        Canada
·        Hong Kong
·        Israel
·        Latvia
·        Romania
·        South Africa
·        Switzerland
·        USA
·        Zimbabwe

·        Non communicable diseases (NCDs)

·        Argentina
·        Australia
·        USA

·        Childhood Obesity

·        Argentina
·        Canada
·        Colombia
·        Ireland
·        Israel
·        Philippines
·        Romania
·        Sweden
·        Switzerland
·        United Kingdom
·        USA
·        Zimbabwe

·        GATE (Global cooperation on Assistive Health Technology)

·        Australia
·        Canada
·        Colombia
·        Israel
·        Romania
·        Taiwan
·        USA
·        Zimbabwe

·        First Response Teams following disaster

·        Australia
·        Bangladesh
·        Canada
·        Hong Kong
·        India
·        Nepal
·        Philippines
·        USA

Not only did the volunteers within these teams give willingly of their time, they met tight timelines and have all agreed to be involved in future reviews around these topics.

As many of you know I live in Australia and in Australia (as in many other countries) we celebrated National Volunteer Week 2015 from 11-17 May. This year the theme “Give Happy, Live Happy” celebrates that not only do volunteers help make the lives of others happier, they too are happier as a result. It is good to reflect on the number of volunteers it takes to support both the WFOT and its' member organisations – literally thousands.

I would like to extend my personal thanks to each and every one of you who is volunteering around the world – you do a breathtaking job and I sincerely appreciate it. Remember just a few hours of volunteer work can make a difference in happiness and mood, so if you do not already volunteer then please consider pledging to volunteer for the development of your profession and you too can “Give Happy, Live Happy”. I want to make the WFOT the happiest organisation on Earth!

Marilyn Pattison
President

August 2015

 

 

 

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