Switzerland National OT News
News from Switzerland, 2019
Over the past five years, the Swiss Association for Occupational Therapy (EVS- ASE) has conducted collective bargaining with public accident, disability and military insurers so as private accident insurances. These negotiations were successfully concluded in December 2018 with the signing of the contracts. The association is very happy about this contract and is convinced that occupational therapy will be better represented.
The contract between EVS and the umbrella organisation of private health insurers, the contract of 2005 continues to be applied. This means that the self-employed occupational therapists will be working with two different tariff systems.
The changeover phase means additional work for the occupational therapists. The association is attempting to counter these circumstances with a broad range of support services.
After five successful years as EVS President and COTEC delegate, Iris Lüscher Forrer resigned from her post at our Assembly of Delegates on 25 May according to our long-term planning. Thanks a lot for her commitment and her work.
Colette Carroz was elected as the new EVS President by the Assembly of Delegates at the same time. She is an Occupational Therapist for 15 years. In the last ten years she led two large occupational therapy teams in the hospital and rehabilitation setting, she still leads the neurorehabilitation team at the University Hospital Inselspital Bern.
Colette Carroz is happy to continue the work done so far. The Presidium is embedded in a very well-functioning Central Board, a professionally managed and working office and many committed members of the association. The large inter-professional network at various levels, to which COTEC belong, will be an important part of the association’s work. These will be shared in particular by our long-standing managing director André Bürki and Colette Carroz.
5th Swiss Occupational Therapy Congress
The 5th Swiss Occupational Therapy Congress – “Stars of daily living”, took place in a former monastery in Locarno from 6 to 7 September. The numerous presentations and workshops covered the many facets of occupational therapy, from direct work with patients, education, research and meta-levels such as ethical, social and political aspects. The two plenary sessions focused on further development and the future of occupational therapy. This congress was prepared with a lot of passion as well as commitment and inspired the 300 participants for their daily work.