Sweden National OT News

News from Sweden, September 2014

The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists has, during the last couple of years, worked with a project about “Preventing disease by improving lifestyle habits”. The project is based upon the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare’s National Guidelines for Methods of Preventing Disease. The lifestyle habits that the guidelines discuss are tobacco use, hazardous use of alcohol, insufficient physical activity and unhealthy eating habits. An abstract about the project was presented at the WFOT2014 congress in Japan. Our outcomes of the project, highlighting the role of the occupational therapist, are; information leaflet Walking the dog and cleaning the windows, workshops, study material, a book Health and occupations in everyday life and four short films. The films are available on our website (two of them in English) www.fsa.se/Om-forbundet/Other-languages/

We have, according to the Swedish Ministry of Health and Social Affairs’ national strategy for prevention and intervention of chronic diseases, compiled a statement clarifying our standpoint when it comes to occupational therapy for persons with chronic diseases. In the statement we emphasise, among other things, that occupational therapy is person-centered and that the National guidelines and registers have to include occupational therapy and rehabilitation.

Also we have, in connection with the latest years of focus on secure health care, launched a study and discussion material ”Patient safety – risks when the occupational therapist meets with the patient”. The aim is to offer hands-on discussion questions, to illuminate in what way the occupational therapist meets the patient from a patient safety perspective. The material (in Swedish only) can be downloaded from our website www.fsa.se/kvalitet.
Inga-Britt Lindström Grant Award 2014 – closing date 1 October

The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists (FSA) has established a grant award in the name of Inga-Britt Lindström, who has been the president of the FSA in 1970-2008. FSA invites applications from foreign occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. The grant is offered to individuals or teams from countries where occupational therapy is under development.

We are pleased to announce the grant award of 2014. The maximum amount of the grant is 10 000 Swedish Kronor (about USD 1400) per year. Application form and instructions are available on our website: www.fsa.se/lindstromgrantaward. Closing date for the application is 1 October 2014.