Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award

The purpose of the grant is to facilitate a minimum of a one-week visit to an international laboratory or research group under the guidance of an identified international mentor. Each year, five (5) awards will be competitively granted; each award is sponsored by one of the sponsoring organizations (ISBMSfHPAPSSBM, or IBTN). The proposed visit will be based on aims to pursue a specific research project or a specific program development project in the areas of health research, clinical behavioral health, behavioral medicine, or health promotion. The research or program development project should be feasible within one year. If the project cannot be completed during the visit to the mentor’s country, a plan for distance collaboration should be well-articulated.

Deadline to apply: May 1st, 2019, 11:59 p.m.

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Call for Nominations of the Executive Committee for the Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC)

The next General Assembly of COTEC will be held in Brussels, 26. October 2019

At this meeting, there will be elections for four positions in the Executive Committee of COTEC. According to the Constitution the Executive Committee of COTEC consists of 4 positions (president, VP, VP admin,VP finance) and 2 optional members. The term of office for the members of the Executive Committee is four years with an option for re-election term of two years.

In 2019 the following positions fall vacant: President (Stephanie Saenger, Netherlands, not eligible for re-election as President), Vice President Administration (Anu Söderström, Finland, not eligible for re-election as Vice President Administration), Member of the Executive Committee (Patric Duletzki, Germany, eligible for re-election for Member). Member of the Executive Committee, Elitsa Velikova (Bulgaria) already stepped down in 2018.

Nominations for these positions are now being called from all Member Associations.

  • All Occupational Therapists who are members of their National Association are electable.
  • Every National Association can nominate one or more candidates of their own or together with other associations.
  • At the most two members from the same National Association may be elected.
  • As it is recommended that the Executive Committee represents different regions within Europe we encourage all National Associations to think about suitable nominees from their own country. The following two positions are currently taken:
    • –  Vice President (Naomi Hankinson, United Kingdom; elected 2017)
    • –  Vice President Finance (Eva Denysiuk, Germany; elected 2016
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Executive Committee are determined in the Rules of Procedures. Each nomination should include the Nomination Form. Please note that all documents required to support the Nomination Form should be attached and sent together with it. Please also note, that the nomination should be supported by persons from at least two different countries to ensure the candidate has international contacts. As the working language of COTEC is English all documents are required in English
  • We kindly request you to send nominations via email to the Electoral Committee to by 1st of June 2019. If there are any further questions concerning the work of the Executive Committee, please contact our current president Stephanie Saenger ( In addition, you will find some information about COTEC Executive work here and here. Questions concerning the procedure of nomination and election can be directed to the Electoral Committee.

The Electoral Committee

new: Open Access articles – Primary Health Care Research & Development⁩

We are very happy to announce that 2 open-access articles have been published by COTEC through its experts in Primary Care.

Occupational Therapy and Primary Care

This article is the first in a series of two articles about Occupational Therapy and Primary Care. This first article describes the health policy context in which primary health care should be strengthened. A definition of occupational therapy is given and the scope of the profession is explained. Based on a survey amongst the (experts of) member associations of COTEC, an overview is given of the main target groups and how occupational therapy is embedded and organized in different countries. In a position statement it is argued why occupational therapy can and should contribute to a comprehensive integrated primary care and challenges to strengthen the position of the profession are described.

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Scoping Review: Occupational Therapy Interventions in Primary Care

This is the second article in a series of two about occupational therapy and primary care. The first article (see PH&RD….) described the position of the profession in primary care across Europe and the scope of the profession. In this article the broad scope of the profession is illustrated with various examples of occupational therapy interventions. The interventions are identified by means of a literature search. A questionnaire (the questionnaire is available by mailing the author) was sent out to experts across Europe which resulted in both relevant literature and evidence-based examples. The evidence level of these examples differs from expert opinion (5), case series (4), case–controlled studies (3), cohort studies (2) and randomized-control trial (1). The article ends with recommendations in four areas how to develop, establish or strengthen the profession in primary care.

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Watch LIVE Online – 19th International Conference on Integrated Care

The live stream is available in both English and Spanish.

To register, simply become a Community Member of the International Foundation for Integrated Care Global Network, before Monday 1st April and receive a unique username and password to access the #ICIC19 live stream and video archive.

Online delegates will be able to:
– Watch the conference LIVE online from their desk, tablet or phone.
– Watch videos of the keynote speakers, most popular breakout sessions and interviews on all three days of conference

Online delegates can choose to watch the whole event or just pop in and out when they can from the 1-3 April, and can participate in an exciting range of plenary and conference sessions covering key issues in integrated care. They can:
– Hear live interviews from our expert panel of speakers and delegates.
– Take part in the discussions and ask questions to the speakers
– Watch from home or work as an individual or with a group of colleagues.

All that is required is a broadband connection. Watch the sessions later or at a time that is more convenient via our video on demand archive – Watch anytime, anywhere. If you can’t travel to San Sebastian, live streaming ICIC19 is the next best thing to being there!

12th EFAD Conference

EFAD is preparing the 12th conference in Berlin on 1-2 November with many new interesting topics. Patient centred care is important in developing new standards of dietetic care, not only for the patient, but together with the patient. Ideally all dietitians should work in multidisciplinary teams. Regardless whether you are a clinical dietitian, or working in primary care, foodservice or higher education institutes, working together with other professionals will improve patient outcomes. Innovation and e-health are important topics too.

How can you benefit from these “new’’ developments? How can you influence healthy choices? How can you offer the best quality of care to your patients or clients? By breaking your professional boundries! Take the opportunity to:

  • pro-actively collaborate with other health professionals
  • advocate for better nutritional health in Europe
  • work with patients to truly embed patient-centred care
  • embrace technology in blended care or new types of learning and knowledge exchange
  • be innovative!

EFAD is preparing the 12th EFAD Conference for you and will address all of these issues and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from dietitians and others across Europe who are already “Breaking Professional Boundaries”.

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