Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Welcome to my blog as I prepare for #WFOT2010

Welcome to my blog - and thank you for sharing with me as I embark on an exciting journey!

I have offered to write a blog to share my experiences of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Council meeting (26th - 30th April 2010), Focus Day (25th April 2010) and Congress (3rd - 7th May 2010) which are due to be held in Santiago, Chile. The WFOT Congress website is: and there is still time to register - so why not come too? If you are attending please comment on my blog and let me know - I want to meet as many new colleagues as possible - there is so much we can learn from each other to maximise the value of occupational therapy for the people we serve.

I will be attending these events as the elected British Association of Occupational Therapists (BAOT) and Council of Occupational Therapists (COT) elected Council member for International Affairs and the UK delegate to the WFOT Council.

I am also fortunate to have had two abstracts accepted for presentation at the Congress so I am giving a paper and a poster during the conference.

I am also the Deputy Director of the Research Centre for Occupation and Mental Health (RCOMH) which is hosted by York St John University (YSJU) . I am delighted that on Wednesday 5th May 2010 I will be hosting an event at the WFOT Congress to celebrate the international launch of RCOMH. For more information about RCOMH please visit our website at:

This time next week I shall be sitting on a flight from Paris to Santiago - hopefully asleep as it's a nightime flight. In fact I really should be asleep now too!!


  1. Hi Alison, this blog is great as it helps to disseminate information and enthusiasm around the globe. Team Chile is working hard to make this a unique experience.I am too the Chilean Delegate to WFOT.
    See you soon, Enrique

  2. Dear Enrique, Thank you for your encouragement. It is the first time I have written a blog. I really want to increase people's understanding of the work of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists. I have been fortunate to attend 3 WFOT Congresses in the past - and also want to share this amazing experience with colleagues around the globe.
    I hope Team Chile's final preparations for the Congress are going well. I look forward to meeting you at the WFOT Council meeting in a week's time. best wishes, Alison

  3. Oh no, we're left hanging. Tell us more.

    The organisation behind something like this must be immense, but now you are there, what are your thoughts?

    How is communication working in a truly international conference setting?

    How are other countries dealing with the challenges of budget, professional identity, social media?

    I look forward to reading more.