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Joanna Murray Recap from the WFOT Congress in Paris

By Apricus Health

5th September 2022

Our co-CEO Joanna Murray had the honour of presenting at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress last week, on her innovative, virtual student placement program, in front of industry leaders and some of the world's most respected Occupational Therapists from all over the world.

Amidst the excitement and her busy schedule, Jo took the time to report back on her highlights from the congress and the key takeaways she will be bringing home to Townsville. 

'This has definitely been a career high for me, presenting at a World Congress for my profession has been amazing.' Said Joanna. ' I've been learning all about new therapeutic interventions which I am excited to bring back to the team. I've also seen new products and technology that I know will assist our clients.'   

Among the many delegates, CEOs and OTs, Jo was able to discuss the issues that the industry is facing in local regions across the globe. She was not surprised to find that some of their concerns were different but many were the same that we face in Australia. The topic of conversation often revolved around economic stability, recruitment, retention and funding, which are top priorities for everyone. 

Listening to the quality of the presentations, Jo was inspired by the incredible research and work being done in new areas and how we might work with sectors in Australia that OTs currently don't work in.  

A Congress highlight for many was hearing Olya Mangusheva (pictured), a Ukrainian WFOT Delegate talk about how the war in Ukraine has affected OTs, their clients and OT students.  

Following her presentation with University of Worcester senior OT lecturer Alison Double, Jo had requests from Belgium, South America, Israel, and South Africa to work with Apricus on virtual student placements. 'Our presentation was very well received, and people were very interested in collaborations.'

Jo is looking forward to attending upcoming conferences in Japan and Poland, as well as the OT Australia national conference next year. But for now, we will leave her to enjoy her time in Paris.