Summary Ukrothe conference

On October 21-22, 2021, the participants of the UKROTHE project together with the Ukrainian Society of Ergotherapists (chaired by Olga Mangusheva) and the National University of Physical Culture and Sports held an international scientific-practical conference "Occupational perspective on health in education and practice of occupational therapy".

The conference was held on the ZOOM platform and continued for two days in the form of plenary and section sessions. The conference was opened by the head of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Samantha Shann (Great Britain); Chairman of the Board of the Ukrainian Society of Ergotherapists Olga Mangusheva; Vice-Rector for Research and Education of Drohobych University, representative of the UKROTHE project, associate professor Yuriy Vovk; as well as vice-rector for scientific and pedagogical work of National University of Physical Culture and Sports prof. Yulia Borysova. 46 speakers from ten countries presented their own scientific and practical research results, about 200 participants from around the world took part in the conference. The working languages ​​were Ukrainian and English. The conference organizers provided simultaneous translation, so everyone could choose a convenient language for listening to the reports.

The section "Education" was moderated by participants of the UKROTHE project (Assoc. Prof. Natalia Zakalyak, Drohobych University). The section featured 18 speakers, whose research concerned, first of all, the world practice of occupational therapists and ways and opportunities to implement this experience in the national education system, current trends in the work of national occupational therapists, the European Network of Occupational Therapy (ENOTHE) and other important issues. In addition, the participants of the UKROTHE project presented the results of its implementation in the national practice of education (Prof. Serhiy Afanasyev, Assoc. Prof. Serhiy Rokutov, Assoc. Prof. Natalia Zakalyak).

It should be noted that one of the speakers at the educational section of the conference was a graduate student of Drohobych University, specialty “Physical therapy, occupational therapy” Ihor Yavir. His report on "Peculiarities of clinical practice in the training of bachelors of OT in Belgium (in the framework of the ERASMUS + K1 project)" aroused great interest among conference participants and lively discussion.

All participants of the section were given the opportunity to ask questions to the speakers, as well as to discuss the reports of the speakers. An important achievement of the conference was not only the acquisition of knowledge, but also the establishment of contacts between national and foreign occupational therapists.

We are very happy to announce that we can share the keynote speeches of Pierre Seeuws (head of the Belgian OT federation), Dr. Mattheuw Mouilineux (Australia) and Dr.Dominique Van de Velde (Belgium).

We thank all those involved in organizing and holding the conference and look forward to future cooperation!