Occupational therapy for Malaysia-a wake-up call

Loh, S.Y. and Boniface, G. and Brintnell, S. (2022) Occupational therapy for Malaysia-a wake-up call. Journal of Health and Translational Medicine, 25 (2). 44 -49. ISSN 18237339, DOI https://doi.org/10.22452/jummec.vol25no2.1.

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Occupational therapy contributes to improving the health and wellbeing of individuals through active participation in everyday activities within a holistic care model. However, its development in Malaysia is stagnated and stifled by numerous internal and external factors. This paper aims to promote literacy about the profession by highlighting its scope of practice, the mandatory (national and international federation) and the non-evidence-based (medical hegemony) governing system and the workforce census in Malaysia. We highlight the disadvantages of an outdated medical hegemony system on the profession in Malaysia. The increase in autonomy through professional governance from its National and World Federation Board and the promotion of quality occupational therapy programmes are necessary for an increasing workforce. These actions can pave the way for affordable quality specialists’ care for various clients across the lifespan, institutional needs, and Malaysia’s public health sector. © 2022, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Funders: None
Uncontrolled Keywords: Asia; Autonomy; Health Sciences; Medical Hegemony; Occupational Therapy
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RX Homeopathy > Diseases, treatment, etc
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 02:56
Last Modified: 05 Dec 2023 02:56
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/43862

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