Friday, January 9, 2009

OT Updates

As the new year begins, here are some last year updates on OT programs at El Agouza Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Centre and
6 October University, provided by Sue Hartshorne:

Update: El Agouza Rheumatology and Rehabilitation Centre

The last two months has seen the departure of two of our three professional members of the Occupational Therapy staff.

Pip Dow, occupational therapist, returned to New Zealand with her family. Pip established occupational therapy services for people with spinal cord injuries at the centre as well as extending her skills to provide services for people with upper limb amputation and providing scar management for those with traumatic injuries including burns. Pip also collaborated with Sue on developing a Back School Program which is now being implemented at the Centre.
Takako Miya, art therapist, returned to Japan. Miya has been a valuable member of staff, assisting to establish a handskills program, play gym and gait and balance clinic in the Children's Unit as well as initiating therapeutic craft groups and individual treatments for adult outpatient and inpatients.

Both Pip and Miya also contributed to staff training in the areas of manual handling, spinal cord injury (Pip) and toy making (Miya).

I miss their cheerful and positive personalities and friendship. Currently I am attempting to fill the gaps they left but this is a daunting task!

Susan Hartshorne
Occupational Therapist

Update: October 6 University

There is still no further information from the university about their plan for an occupational therapy programme.

Susan Hartshorne
Occupational Therapist
The next CDOTE Meeting at the Learning Resource Center in Maadi, will be on Saturday, January 24th at 2pm.
Happy New Year Wishes to All...and thanks to all who have supported OT development in Egypt over the past year.

Sunday, January 4, 2009


The first newsletter, volume 1, has been completed and can be obtained by emailing the newsletter editor, Mustafa Ahmad El Qaisi at

Message from the newsletter editor:

For a second of thought when you watch the surrounding events, you will believe and strongly
have faith that those moments of thoughts will be the foundations of the successful future.
This group was established in April 2007 as a result of the rigorous discussions among the occupational therapists working in the region (Palestine, Jordan, Egypt, and Lebanon) and the executive team of the WFOT in Cairo\Egypt, when they all met at the first regional occupational therapy conference in the middle east.

In this group, we aim to establish communication channels between the occupational therapists in the region and the world and to work as a connection with the WFOT and other OT organizations.

Putting the Arabic occupational therapists and the Arabic OT associations in the world map, telling the whole world that this region is an active and dynamic spot for practice, research and knowledge.

Through this initiation of e-actions. This humble work, is dedicated to all, and with the collaborated works and efforts this e-newsletter will be the first step and not the only to the successful life.

My congratulations to all
Mustafa Ahmad Al Qaisi
AOTRG Co-coordinator