Sunday, March 28, 2021

VOTC Therapy Newsletter - Spring 2021

 

VOTC Newsletter - Spring 2021

            
National Comission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill - What's next?
By: Dr. Karthik Mani, OTD, OTR/L
 
As the occupational therapy (OT) community in India celebrates the passage of the National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions (NCAHP) Bill, 2020 in both houses of the parliament, some of the questions lingering in the OT practitioners and students mind include:
  • When will the bill become an act?
  • When will the act be implemented?
  • When will the state councils be formed?
  • When should practitioners start registering themselves with the central commission or state council?
  • Is it mandatory for practitioners to register with the council?
This article attempts to answer the abovementioned questions briefly.

COVID-19 Resources


IOTTT Published COVID-19 Secure Guidelines for Rehabilitation Professionals in India

Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank published COVID-19 secure guidelines to assist rehabilitation professionals in India reopen their practice/re-enter the workforce safely and protect the service recipients of occupational therapy. The guidelines are available free of cost here

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
John Hopkins Coronovirus Dashboard
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Health & Family Welfare Department, Tamil Nadu

 


 

Disability News

Haryana: Over 500 disabled students to receive vocational training
Govt notifies over 3,500 jobs for persons with benchmark disabilities
App to help disabled in accessibility battle
Bringing up a special child in an imperfect world
The time for a national disability registry is now
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Thursday, December 10, 2020

VOTC Therapy Newsletter - Winter 2020

 


VOTC Newsletter - Winter 2020

                                    
How to Gain Referrals for Occupational Therapy?
By: Dr. Karthik Mani, OTD, OTR/L
 
For decades, one of the challenges faced by occupational therapists (OTs) in India and elsewhere is to gain referrals for occupational therapy (OT) services. The reasons identified in the literature pertaining to poor OT referrals include lack of awareness of OT among patients, belief of physicians that physical therapy could manage all of the patient’s physical rehabilitation needs, and limited awareness about the OT scope of practice among health professionals and service coordinators (Kelly & Steinhauer, 1991). Dunford et al. (2004) emphasized that professionals and stakeholders who refer patients to OT services need training and guidance to make necessary referrals and avoid unwarranted referrals.

This article discusses a few strategies that OTs could use to gain referrals for OT services in various practice settings.
VOTC Wishes you all a very Happy New Year 2021!
 
       
 

IOTTT Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice
 
Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank (IOTTT) would like to thank all stakeholders who reviewed and commented on the official Scope of Practice (SOP) document (pertaining to the Indian context of practice) it drafted. The IOTTT officially adopted the SOP in September 2020. The document is under review for consideration for publication in a national journal. To learn more about IOTTT and its activities, please visit its official blog

COVID-19 Resources


IOTTT Published COVID-19 Secure Guidelines for Rehabilitation Professionals in India

Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank published COVID-19 secure guidelines to assist rehabilitation professionals in India reopen their practice/re-enter the workforce safely and protect the service recipients of occupational therapy. The guidelines are available free of cost here

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
John Hopkins Coronovirus Dashboard
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Health & Family Welfare Department, Tamil Nadu

 


 

Disability News

Goa CM pitches for early intervention centres to treat kids with disabilities
On International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Mumbai’s amputee riders share their journey
Rajasthan: Record engagement of disabled persons in NREGA
Indian-American run NGO launches virtual art gallery on disability
How to know if your child has special needs
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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

VOTC Newsletter Fall 2020

 

VOTC Newsletter - Fall 2020

               
Art of Professional Writing

In the era of multidisciplinary care, all healthcare professionals, including occupational therapists (OTs), are expected to communicate with multiple stakeholders such as patients, coworkers, referral sources, and other
professionals. In a professional environment, most official communications
are expected to be written communications.

Activities such as documentation, report writing, preparing discharge
summary, patient education, communicating with clients/staff/administration, communicating with other care providers, writing for publication, and writing
for professional advocacy demand good writing skills from OTs. Hence, they
must develop both professional and scientific writing skills to effectively communicate and remain successful in their career. This article 
highlights the salient aspects of professional writing that might help OTs
communicate effectively in business and advocacy contexts.
Dr. Karthik Mani in Academia
 
VOTC's founder and chief occupational therapist Dr. Karthik Mani has joined the 
University of Texas Medical Branch (UMTB) at Galveston as an Assistant Professor. 
In this role, he is responsible for teaching doctoral level occupational therapy students 
and pursuing research.  
 

IOTTT Adopted Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice
 
Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank (IOTTT) would like to thank all stakeholders who reviewed and commented on the official Scope of Practice 
(SOP) document (pertaining to the Indian context of practice) it drafted. The 
IOTTT made revisions to the SOP based on stakeholder inputs. After multiple iterations based on comments and expert inputs, the SOP was officially 
adopted by the IOTTT in September 2020. The document will soon be 
disseminated to the public. To learn more about IOTTT and its activities, 
please visit its official blog

COVID-19 Resources


IOTTT Published COVID-19 Secure Guidelines for Rehabilitation Professionals in India

Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank published COVID-19 secure guidelines to assist rehabilitation professionals in India reopen their practice/re-enter the workforce safely and protect the service recipients of occupational therapy. The guidelines are available free of cost here

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
John Hopkins Coronovirus Dashboard
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Health & Family Welfare Department, Tamil Nadu

 


 

Disability News

Bengalureans win design awards for inclusive innovations
No Madras high court bar on SSLC exams for disabled
With new order, Tamil Nadu may lose more mental health professionals
Online App for screening learning disability among kids
What Steps Were Taken For Commute of Differently Abled Staffers During Lockdown, Bombay HC Asks BMC

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