World Occupational Therapy Day celebration
Last Sunday, the Malaysian Occupational Therapy Association (MOTA), in collaboration with PUScOT, organised a World OT Day celebration at the MAEPS Amphitheatre, right by the university campus. The event was officiated by Prof. Nathan Vytialingam, Dean of PUScOT, and attended by MOTA President Dr. Mohd Zulkifli Abdul Rahim, faculty members, NGO representatives, and members of the public.
The main event was the OT Run 3.0 which saw runners take on the 5km and the 7km running tracks in the MAEPS Complex.
Visitors also took advantage of the free consultation and educational sessions conducted by expert occupational therapists on diabetes care management, stroke care and prevention, hand rehabilitation, and children with special needs.
NGOs the Malaysia Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy Malaysia also opened exhibition booths. PUScOT faculty members are well-represented in the MHAS Committee, whereas SMA Malaysia was founded by Perdana University PhD student Ms Siti Safura Jaapar.
PUScOT student, Lim Pei Tien, contributed the following:
“On 15th December 2018, in conjunction with World Occupational Therapy (OT) Day, Malaysian Occupational Therapy Association collaborated with Perdana University School of Occupational Therapy (PUScOT) to organise “Occupational Therapy Run 3.0 & Meet Your Occupational Therapists” at the MAEPS Amphitheatre. This event was made possible with the support of the school and public as well as the students of Perdana University. This marks an achievement by PUScOT as they are able to co-organise a national level event. It was a great opportunity to approach the public and create awareness regarding occupational therapy and the role of occupational therapists. During the event, there were public informative booths, lucky draws, leisure activities for kids, food and drinks. There were different institutions such as PERKESO, Spinal Muscular Atrophy Malaysia (SMA,) Pusat Perubatan University Malaya (PPUM), Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy Centre, University Teknologi Mara (UTM), University Kebangsaan Malaysia, University Putra Malaysia (UPM), Malaysian Healthy Aging Society (MHAS) and Klink Putrajaya that provided free health assessments as well as a variety of screenings with relations to general health, cognition, child development or mental health and information regarding different common conditions such as stroke. At the days’ end, this event has successfully elevated the public awareness of occupational therapy.”