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Spotlight on occupational therapy

When the community comes together to provide support, individuals facing difficulties will feel more empowered. Similarly, occupational therapy plays a vital role in building a support network and assisting individuals in overcoming barriers.

Head of Occupational Therapy Service Munirah’ Atirah binti Haji Sahidi said this during the World Occupational Therapy Day 2023 celebration at Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital yesterday.

Munirah’ Atirah said occupational therapy service in Brunei was first inaugurated in 1972 at Bandar Seri Begawan’s general hospital with a contract worker from the United Kingdom providing services for psychiatric patients.

“After 51 years, occupational therapy services expanded to covering cardiac, medical, orthopaedic, paediatric, psychiatric rehabilitation and more,” said the head of occupational therapy service.

Occupational therapy service was introduced at Suri Seri Begawan Hospital in the Belait District in 1979 and Pengiran Muda Mahkota Pengiran Muda Haji Al-Muhtadee Billah Hospital in the Tutong District in 1998. The Ministry of Health currently has 24 occupational therapists registered under Allied Health Professions Council of Brunei Darussalam supported by 15 assistants, six trained playgroup assistants, one woodwork instructor and five support staff.

RIPAS Hospital Acting Chief Executive Officer Abdol Hazis bin Haji Ahad launched the celebration showcasing therapy equipment and services including mastectomy management, burns management, lymphedema and driving assessment for people with different ability. – Rokiah Mahmud

ABOVE & BELOW: Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha Hospital Acting Chief Executive Officer Abdol Hazis bin Haji Ahad and visitors at the exhibition. PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI
PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI
Head of Occupational Therapy Service Munirah’ Atirah binti Haji Sahidi. PHOTO: RAFI ROSLI

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