Malta National OT News

News from Malta, 2018

The MAOT President Mr. Demis Cachia attended the COTEC General Assembly held in October in Portugal.

This year, a number of initiatives were set up in order to celebrate the OT Day. The MAOT organised a national conference entitled Traumatic Injuries – The Road to Recovery. This conference provided an overview of the journey of a patient from the site of an accident, to hospital, both within the acute and rehabilitation phases to ensure that the person attains the maximum level of function and is re-integrated into the community. The conference was officially opened by H.E. President of Malta, Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca who highly valued the contribution of occupational therapists in Malta and Gozo. Her speech can be viewed on the MAOT Facebook page.

Additionally, MAOT also featured on the People of Malta Facebook page and Instagram, with the aim of making the OT profession in Malta more visible, through social media. Besides, the PR committee and various OT departments organised several activities to promote OT day including stands in main hospital receptions, team building exercise, beauty day and photo competition.

Recently, the MAOT organised a course on Neuromuscular Taping which was facilitated by Mr David Blow. This is a new technique in Malta and around 20 Occupational Therapists attended this course. The second part of this course will be held early next year.

Locally, we are actively involved in various activities and projects with the Malta Health Network and Federation of Professional Associations. Our WFOT Delegate, Ms Henriette Sciberras is co-ordinating the reviewing of OT Education as requested by WFOT. This process is now in its final stages and will ensure that the education programme is recognised worldwide. We are also in the process of updating our website page with our web designer (www.maot.mt).

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