OTs4Ukraine – #OTalk 22nd March 2022

Occupational Therapists across the globe are coming together in support of the Ukrainian people, and our Ukrainian Occupational Therapy colleagues – many of who are now displaced into neighbouring countries.

Occupational Therapy in Ukraine is a very new profession, with many universities offering dual training alongside Physiotherapy. The first WFOT accredited Occupational Therapy masters graduates completed their course in 2021.

Lorraine Mischuk is a Canadian based OT with family in Ukraine. She was tweeting about the conflict and reached out to other OTs on Twitter including Jenny Ceolta-Smith (@JCeoltaSmith) and Kirsty Stanley (@Occ4LifeLtd).

A zoom meeting was scheduled and OTs4Ukraine was formed as a grassroots movement with Lorraine and a colleague reaching out to people they knew in Ukraine to see what their immediate needs were. We also reached out to professional organisations including RCOT and WFOT.

Social media was used strategically and a Facebook group was formed to collect OTs interested in supporting this effort in one place The Facebook group stands at over 1.3 thousand members – and has expanded beyond OT. Join us here – https://www.facebook.com/groups/468868371455224/

There are currently groups working on developing resources in 32 clinical areas and a website resource is being developed that will focus on how Occupational Therapy can support in emergencies – and how we can support each other to upskill rapidly in areas that situations we are not used to dealing with. From psychological first aid to Burns and Amputation. This is in recognition that this advice has been needed in the past (in other wars, terrorist attacks and natural disasters) and is likely to be required in the future.

Dan Johnson is a UK Trained OT based in New Zealand and WFOT Delegate. He has experience with military veterans. (@DanJohnWFOT).

Kirsty Stanley is an Independent OT in the U.K. (@Occ4LifeLtd).

Together they will lead this OTalk and invite you to discuss the following:

1. How do we best match offers of support to the needs of Ukraine?

2. How do we balance the momentum of a grassroots movements balanced with the need for a coordinated effort with organisations such as WFOT & W.H.O?

3. How do we maintain momentum to support our Ukrainian OT colleagues over the longer term?

4. Is this issue wider than supporting Ukraine?

5. What is the unique role that occupational therapy can offer in emergencies?


Host:  Dan Johnson (@DanJohnWFOT). Kirsty Stanley (@Occ4LifeLtd).

Support on OTalk Account: Paul Wilkinson @Paulwilkinson94

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