With the full support from the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences (RS), members of Occupational Therapy Student Ambassador (OTSA) have successfully held the Elite Occupational Therapist Taster Programme (EOTTP) on 4 August 2020. This programme has been organized annually to promote Occupational Therapy (OT) profession to secondary school students. Due to the sudden surge of confirmed local COVID-19 cases, this year the Programme has been switched from face-to-face to online mode to minimize the risk of infections.
A total number of 278 Secondary 4 and Secondary 5 students has joined the EOTTP held from 9:30am to 12:00noon on 4 August through Zoom. After the welcome speech given by Prof. Hector Tsang (Cally Kwong Mei Wan Professor in Psychosocial Health, Chair Professor of Rehabilitation Sciences and Head of RS), two mini seminars were delivered by Prof. Kenneth Fong (Professor and Programme Leader of BSc (Hons) in OT) and Mr Tony Wong (Clinical Associate (OT) of RS) to let audience have a brief understanding about OT and PolyU OT Programme.
In order to let the participants know more about the actual work of Occupational Therapist, a student sharing session on “We Care, We Share“ which is a community service project for rural residents with disabilities has been conducted. Moreover, a virtual tour has been organized and led by OT Clinical Associates and Student Ambassadors, so that participants could develop basic understanding about human anatomy, splinting in musculoskeletal rehabilitation, sensory integration in pediatric rehabilitation and assistive technology for people with disabilities.
Although the delivering mode this year is different from the previous years, it is still hoped that this online programme could give the participants an overview of OT beforehand.