The 9th biennial scientific conference of the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapist (ACOT) was officially opened today (Nov. 5) at the Hilton Kingston hotel.
The three-day conference is being held under the theme: ‘It all comes together here: Caribbean occupational therapists striving for excellence’.
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles, in his remarks, said that the Ministry is fully committed to working with and supporting ACOT in its ventures.
He urged the occupational therapists to “continue to work together, continue to struggle together recognising that the world appreciates the job you are doing.”
Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Pearnel Charles (left), having a light conversation with Chairman, Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists (ACOT), Ms. Lesley Garcia, at the 9th Biennial Scientific Conference of ACOT, which was officially opened today (November 5), at a ceremony, held at the Hilton Hotel, in Kingston.
“Continue to champion this cause and continue to share the vision, and it will help not only those who are ill, but those of us who need to learn how to recognise those who are ill,” he added.
President of the Occupational Therapy Association of Jamaica, Ms. Lisa Stoddart Millingen, stated that participants will find the conference productive, noting that there will be a wide variety of presentations.
“So, as we all come together over the next three days to learn and liaise with each other, I hope that everyone will find the topics stimulating and interesting and I hope you will be able to use the knowledge you acquire here to enhance your various professions,” Mrs. Millingen said.
Meanwhile, Chairman of ACOT, Ms. Lesley Garcia, stated that occupational therapy is at an important area in the Caribbean region, offering many opportunities.
“There are many new and exciting opportunities yet there remain many challenges. This conference is .an opportunity for us as therapist to meet each other, to learn from each other, to grow together in our personal and professional capacities,” she stated.
Students from the McCam Child Development Centre perform a cultural item, during the opening ceremony of the 9th Biennial Scientific Conference of the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists, being held at the Hilton Hotel, in Kingston, today (November 5).
Occupational therapists help patients improve their ability to perform tasks in living and working environments. They work with individuals, who suffer from a mentally, physically, developmentally, or emotionally disabling condition and use treatments to develop, recover, or maintain the daily living and work skills of their patients. The goal is to help clients have independent, productive, and satisfying lives.
The conference aims to bring together occupational therapists from across the region with other allied health practitioners and suppliers to share information about the latest cutting edge technologies and methodologies in the profession.
The selected cadre of local, regional and international speakers will deliver talks that will be professionally stimulating. It is open to all medical personnel, allied health professionals, government representatives and media personnel promoting health and wellness issues.