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#1 Friday 10th of June 2016 14:43

TargetingTheGlobe
Moderator

Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

It is a sincere pleasure to welcome you to the OTION forum focused on Working in Another Country!

My name is Lorie and I am an occupational therapist and educator at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

I am looking forward to working with you in this forum to discuss questions and topics related to working as occupational therapists in other countries, and anticipate that I will learn a lot from you!

I am hoping that when you post a topic, question, or information, you will introduce yourself, and where you are from so that we can make our virtual connections as interactive as we can.

I am really looking forward to working together!

Thanks, and very best wishes,
Lorie

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#2 Wednesday 15th of June 2016 11:17

acarpio
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello, my name is Alvin, i've been practicing as an Occupational Therapy Specialist, Seating and Mobility Specialist and Supervisor in Pediatrics at Hamad Medical Corporation ,Doha, Qatar, thank you for this forum and i believed that this will be the main bridge to connect OT's all across the continents, share ideas and practices.

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#3 Wednesday 15th of June 2016 11:39

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Hi Alvin, nice to meet you and Lorie. My name is Jocelyn, I am a recently retired (female Canadian) OT with about 30 years of experience in paediatrics, mental health, and community practice. I would like to ask you about possibilities for a 'working visit' to Qatar. It is a country I have not yet been to although I have traveled quite a bit. Looking forward to hearing from you, warmest regards, Jocelyn


“Some people are settling down, some people are settling and some people refuse to settle for anything less than butterflies.”
S.J. Parker (as Carrie Bradshaw)

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#4 Wednesday 15th of June 2016 11:45

acarpio
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Hi Jocelyn, there are no working visit visa available in qatar, it's either visit or buisness visa, working visa is issued by an employer based on a contract, are you from moncton? if yes one of my friend , monique is here and she knows who you are.:), her sister is louise le blanc...

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#5 Wednesday 15th of June 2016 13:33

Toluwalase
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi all, my name is Tolu.
I'm graduated from Manipal University in India, presently in Nigeria.
Looking forward to working outside the country, anyone on sufficient information please reply..
Thank you

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#6 Wednesday 15th of June 2016 19:12

tinakcchen
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello,

Nice to meet you all! My name is Tina. I moved from Canada to study OT in England and have been working in pediatrics for nearly 2 years in the NHS. I am thinking about moving back to Canada and became registered in BC and Ontario recently. My main concern is probably my lack of knowledge of how services are funded, what the care pathways/packages are like, and how systems in Canada work in general! Are they quite different across the provinces? Also, how strict are employers about "2 years of experience," as this seems to be the norm on job listings?

Lots of questions here, but any information about working in Canada and/or job searching would be highly appreciated!

Thanks smile
Tina

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#7 Wednesday 15th of June 2016 19:55

Abd Alrahman
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Hello , it's Abd Alrahman from Jordan
OT graduated from Jordan university of science and technology.
Been pediatric Occupational Therapist & now transferring into Adults Neuro with Hamad Medical Corporation Doha , Qatar .
It's a great chance to know you

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#8 Thursday 16th of June 2016 01:20

DerekDinh
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi everyone,

Great forum! Nice meeting you all!

My name is Derek, I'm currently working in both public and private health sector of Melbourne, Australia. I am looking forward to travelling and working in London in the next few months. I guess I just want to exchange some information/knowledge with someone who has or currently working in UK to get to know the health system better, or best chances are someone who has worked in both Australia and UK. I am happy to share my knowledge accross continuum of care for people who are interested in working in Victoria, Australia.

Thank you.

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#9 Thursday 16th of June 2016 06:48

jmark_oh
Member

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Hello Everyone I'm John Mark Languez from Philippines but I'm working here in Italy. I studied my BS Occupational Therapy and Education Teacher in the Philippines.  In the Philippines, I worked as Pediatric Occupational Therapist and Academician for 9 years and now I'm here in Italy practicing OT in Adult Neuro Rehabilitation as Volunteer as for now.  I'm happy that this forum was created to allow us to interact and be informed.  Am trying to familiarize there healthcare system since I'm neophyte of this country.

Mark

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#10 Thursday 16th of June 2016 17:54

jossiandrea
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello everybody. I'm very happy for the creation of this forum! My name is Jossielyn Mora, I'm from Cali-Colombia and in the next month is my graduation as Occupational Theraphist of the Valle University. I will like to continue studying and working in other country and for that reason, I will like to know what are the requirements to work in the countries where you live.
For the people who have a colombian residence is necessary have the certification and number professional register.

Regards.

Jossielyn

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#11 Thursday 16th of June 2016 23:37

saeedovic
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Hello everyone
My name is Saeed, I have been Graduated from the Hashemite University in Jordan. Almost I have 10 years of experience in various fields of Occupational therapy practice. Now I am working in Saudi Arabia in Sultan Bin Abdulaziz Humanitarian City at the brain injury unit.

It is a great chance to meet you here.

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#12 Thursday 16th of June 2016 23:56

SSHermes
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Hi, I am a 30 year clinician, have worked in several parts of the USA in clinical/ community settings across the lifespan and been able to interface with colleagues globally through WFOT. Currently I am working with colleagues in China.   I look forward to this forum's postings as we explore more about how we address cultural sensitivity, awareness and relevance as OT continues to span all continents.  Right now, my family knows I have WFOT 2018 travel plans to attend the WFOT Congress in Cape Town, SA.  We may have to have an OTION meet up there smile
Susan Skees Hermes

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#13 Friday 17th of June 2016 11:17

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Hi,
I'm Mahesh, currently work in Oman. From Srilanka. Specially working in pediatric unit and rarely with adults.
Nice to meet you peoples.

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#14 Friday 17th of June 2016 13:26

Maj-Brit
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Hi. Such a nice opportunity. Thank you for making this possible. My name is Maj-Brit, I'm an OT from Denmark but currently living in Spain. I've been working in pediatrics since 2009, but the past 10 months, since my husband, baby daughter and I moved to Spain, I'm a full time mum. Our daughter is 18 month old now.

I've been looking into working within the pediatric system here in Spain, but it seems impossible. Only way is to start your own private business. If anybody knows more about working in Spain as an OT, I'm all ears.

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#15 Saturday 18th of June 2016 23:24

evaj
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Hello everybody, It is great to meet you.
My name is Eva and currently I am a master student in the University of Illinois at Chicago. I am planing to work in the USA for a while but I am exploring other opportunities. I was born in Poland and it will be great if I can work for my birth country. I hope that we can exchange our experiences and explore different possibilities of delivering the best care to our patients.

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#16 Monday 20th of June 2016 07:27

elham_s
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Hello everybody.
I am Eli, OT and Handtherapist by 13 years experience in this field. I am studying master in Hogheschool Van Amsterdam in the Netherlands and working in Iran as a head of Occupational therapy office and Handtherapist.
I am so happy to chance to meet you all here and exchange experience by occupational therapist from all over the world with different experiences.

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#17 Monday 20th of June 2016 17:44

Susan Coppola
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Hello, I work at UNC in North Carolina, USA. I  am interested to know of OTs working in Malawi.  Sue

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#18 Monday 20th of June 2016 18:03

TargetingTheGlobe
Moderator

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Good Day, Everyone:

We have had an exciting and widespread representation through your posts since launching last week!
I have been reading these and am so impressed with the variety of OT services that are being offered around the world, and the interests you have in considering other places on our planet to provide occupational therapy!

As an OT in Canada, I thought I would post a bit of information based on Tina's questions about work in this country.

There are differences in funding and services between provinces as health is a provincial government mandate.
Many public OT services are funded in Ontario, for example through the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, and some through Ministry of Community and Social Services. Some children's and adolescents services are funded through the Ministry of Child and Youth Services, and some may be funded through a combination of ministry budgets.
Private OT services also exist in each province. 

There is a growing trend to "push" the envelope of where services are offered, and  how they are funded, into new and innovative practice areas. Some examples:
- Family Practice teams, where OTs are becoming front-line service providers alongside the physicians, nurses, and some practices with social workers, nutritionists, and psychological counselors.
- Corrections and post-incarceration services
- Social planning and municipal planning in terms of equal access for all, user friendly neighbourhoods and services.

(In my educational role at McMaster University, I develop partnerships with community programs that help push these envelopes, so that our student occupational therapists can have placements (internships/fieldwork) in innovative settings, which helps prepare them for new ways of implementing OT services, and helps out community partners understand what OT offers. I love this!)

I am also including a link to a Canadian Government website that has all types of statistics and information about OT in Canada that you may find helpful or interesting: http://www.servicecanada.gc.ca/eng/qc/j … 3143.shtml

If others have information or resources about their countries' OT landscape, this may be a great way of sharing this with forum members who may be interested in re-locating.

Hope everyone has a great day, evening, and night!
Lorie

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#19 Tuesday 21st of June 2016 10:24

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello members.
I am happy to meet you here and I hope this will be a bridge to connect with all other Occupational Therapist across the world.
I am Deogratious Atukwase, working in Uganda- East Africa. I am a regestered Occuptional Therapist with the ministry of Health and working with Children with learning disabilities in main stream school setting. I work mostly with Children with ADHD, ASD and CAS..
I train teachers on how to integrate children with LD in main class room nd help them engage and participate with others in a school environment.
I am looking forward to interact with any other OTs working with children with LD. I also look for an opportunity to go practice OT in other countries..
looking forward for interaction

Regards
Atukwase Deogratious
atukwased@gmail.com

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#20 Tuesday 21st of June 2016 15:39

acarpio
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Thank you Lorie for that wonderful information about OT Services and practice in Canada, it is nice to know about Canada's Client Centered practice as well as the same In Qatar, we had been in partnership  for development of our pediatric services by The Sick Kids and Holland Bloorview. Our pediatric services is governed into areas of specialization such as Early Intervention Program, Autism Program, Pre-integration program , OPD Program, Feeding and Swallowing Program, School based Rehab, and specialized Pediatrics Clinics such as Neuro Developmental, Social Communication, Feeding Clinic, group Therapy, School and Home Visit, Seating and Mobility.

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#21 Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 08:01

rachel.ohene
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Hello,

I am an Occupational Therapist in the US.  I am interested in doing some volunteer work in another country.  I'm interested in doing something in a developing country for 1-2 weeks.  Im fairly new in my career, and specialize in dementia care currently.  I'm most interested in taking my foundation as an OT, and applying it creatively to help those without access to therapy.

Two things: 

1)  Does anyone have a recommendation for a good resource book that provides helpful interventions when working in a developing country/environment?  I remember learning about a book while I was in school, but can't for the life of me find the name of that book.  The book had ideas on how to make wheelchairs and splints out of everyday items, etc.
2) Has anyone had a positive experience with an international therapy volunteer organization that they could refer me to?  Im especially interested in SE Asia, Central and South America.  Most of the organizations I've explored have an expensive fee for volunteering and don't seem to have a focus on therapy. 

Thank you for any guidance or ideas regarding the above topics.

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#22 Wednesday 22nd of June 2016 23:35

NDYOWAAWE
Member

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I just because you've not mentioned Africa
but am from UGANDA am still a student currently in my final year. But I have contact of some organization working in Madagascar they are introducing OT and rehabilitation services there, so I don't know how about that.
But I've had some connection in Bangladesh you can't contact me and I give you contacts

thanks all for sharing your views

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#23 Thursday 23rd of June 2016 00:57

NDYOWAAWE
Member

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Sorry, for the typing errors its just because the phone is freezing


But if anyone who wishes to volunteer in Africa Madagascar has some organization working on developing OT there so you can offer help.

If u wish, u can contact me by email.

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#24 Monday 27th of June 2016 23:07

srodriguez
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Hello everyone!

My name is Sarah and I am a current student pursuing my masters at Texas Woman's University in Texas. My husband has accepted a job in Abu Dhabi and I am looking into moving over with him once I graduate. Does anyone have any insight to any resources that would provide me with qualification requirements to work in Abu Dhabi or Dubai? Most of the job postings I see require two years of experience, would an new grad be considered?   

Thank you!!

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#25 Friday 1st of July 2016 14:32

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Hi all,
Great to see you all here.. I'm Lakshminarayanan, Occupational therapist , Graduated from India. I have been working in Seychelles from 2010-2015, framed Occupational therapy curriculum for national level diploma there. Then moved back to Chennai , India in 2015. Currently I'm working in Cambridge Medical and Rehabilitation center, Abu Dhabi as a HAAD licensed Occupational therapist since 2016.

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