The 23rd ENOTHE Annual Meeting took place on 26th – 28th October 2017 and was hosted by the Croatian Association of Occupational Therapists (H.U.R.T.), at the Hotel Panorama, Zagreb, Croatia.
Over 300 delegates took part in presentations, workshops, seminars, posters and social events that took place during the event. In 2017 134 abstracts were accepted for the 23rd Annual Meeting making this one of the best attended over the last five years.
Thank you to Saša Radić and the Croatian Association of Occupational Therapists for all their great work behind the scenes before and during the conference. The contributions of the organising committee and the volunteers (made up of local students, teachers and clinical practitioners) added so much to the smooth running of the whole occasion. In addition, the handmade delegate bags were very special and appreciated by all the participants.
We have uploaded photos of the Annual Meeting on our Facebook page, in the Zagreb, Croatia 2017 photo album. Some of the highlights are below:
2017 marks the year York St John have been delivering Occupational Therapy Education for 40 years. For their 40th celebrations the University hosted a summer barbeque for external partners, professional practice educators and students on Saturday 3rd June 2017.
Lovely cakes on offer in Temple Hall & The Quad.
The afternoon provided the opportunity for staff and students past and present to network, share stories, see the new campus plus enjoy entertainment from York St John and alumni.
With the sun shining and so many different generations of York St John Occupational Therapists present, it was truly a fantastic afternoon for all involved.
Congratulations to the York St John OT team for such an enjoyable 40th celebration event.
Board meeting hosted at the new headquarters of the Croatian Association of Occupational Therapists, Zagreb, Croatia 26 & 27 May 2017.
Friday 26 May we spent the day working on abstract selection, development of the programme structure and content. Here is a photograph of the Saša Radic, host lead for the October Annual, Marie-Antoinette Minis, President of ENOTHE and Professor Verner Majijančić, from the University of Rejika, Croatia. The lunchtime meeting was arranged to enable sharing of advice and support for the development of a new occupational therapy programme at the University.
Saturday 27 May was a full day for the Board focusing on marketing, the future of the ENOTHE office, budgets, projects and membership fees.
Forward by Marilyn Pattison, Dip.COT(UK), B.App.Sc(OT), MBA, FWFOT
World Federation of Occupational Therapists
WFOT is pleased to announce the launch of a new online module – Disaster Management for Occupational Therapists. This self-paced programme enhances occupational therapists’ knowledge and skills for tackling complex issues such as disaster response, resilience and disaster risk reduction. Information will be provided in innovative ways through real time interactive simulations as well as online documents. Participants will enhance their critical thinking through real life and fictitious problem solving activities. The textbook, Disaster and Development: An Occupational Perspective will offer the adjunct materials to enhance learning and integration and a copy is included in the purchase price*
WFOT is also celebrating the launch by offering the first 100 people to purchase the online module a free copy of the Disaster and Development publication. Price $99 USD** or equivalent ($140 USD** thereafter). Enrol now on http://dmot.wfot.org
* Purchase price includes Shipping and Handling fees of the textbook from the United Kingdom and may take up 14 working days to arrive. Already have a copy of the textbook? Consider donating the one offered to an education programme in a low/middle income country
** Purchase price will be converted from United States Dollar to Australian Dollar equivalent when purchasing through the WFOT website. Exchange rates may vary.
In case you missed it, our latest newsletter is available online: Newsletter 7 (PDF 3,850 kB).
This edition contains information on; preparations for the Annual Meeting in Zagreb taking place in October 2017, update of the 2-3 December Board meeting in Winterthur, new Board profiles, project updates as well as much more.
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Firstly the ENOTHE Board and office would like to thank Amsterdam School of Health Professions, Soemitro Poebodipoero and Stephanie Saenger (President of COTEC) for being excellent hosts.
The Board had a guided tour of the new facilities led by Danée Arends, an Occupational Therapy student of the University.
The University provided an excellent lunch in the dining room and enabled new Board members to meet with our Colleagues from COTEC.
Financial Advisory Reference Group Meeting (FARG)
A FARG meeting took place in Abcoude, Amsterdam. Ton Satink and Luc Vercruysse met with the ENOTHE office staff and Ursula Gubler Thomann (Treasurer) to discuss ENOTHE finances. The role of FARG is to monitor how ENOTHE members’ money is being for used.
The new ENOTHE Board had three full days meetings as there is a great deal of work that the network requires progressing by the Board. Topics included working as a team, identifying roles and responsibilities, developing an action plan based upon the ENOTHE Strategy 2016 – 2020 and reviewing project applications. The Board were very pleased to receive six project proposal applications. All project applicants will receive a response in the very near future.
Discussion and evaluation took place following the first 2016 COTEC ENOTHE Congress held in Galway, Ireland and preparations for the 2017 ENOTHE Annual Meeting to be held in Zagreb, Croatia were considered.
Joint meetings took place between the two presidents and vice presidents, and the full ENOTHE Board and the COTEC Executive Committee with the focus being on how to progress OT-EU developments.