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Invite from the Desk of the Director, PGIMER, Chandigarh


Prof. Dr. Jagat Ram

Email: dpgichd@hotmail.com

Website: http://pgimer.edu.in

It gives me immense pleasure to learn that 56th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapists’ Association (AIOTA) with international participation is being organized at Bhargava Auditorium of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh from 8th to 10th February 2019. I take this opportunity to extend a warm welcome to delegates, distinguished guests, and eminent faculties from India and Overseas.

The theme of the conference “Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare” is a very well thought of initiative to promote collaboration amongst health care professionals from diverse fields. Coordinated and collaborative approach by interdisciplinary health professionals must be adopted in health care setups of the country to achieve common goal in providing effective treatment and rehabilitation of patients in a short time.

Occupational Therapy as I understand is an applied science based on scientific reasoning that enhances ability of patients with disabilities and dysfunctions of all ages to participate in purposeful occupational tasks, thereby improving their quality of life. I am happy to note that occupational therapy has gained a speedy momentum in the last decade and now has become an essential service in country’s healthcare system.

I am confident that the OTICON’2019 has been meticulously planned to be very informative and relevant for the participants and would provide opportunities for further exploration and growth of this specialty in practice, education and research.

PGIMER, Chandigarh is one of the apex medical institutions of India with a reputation worldwide for setting up very high standards of health care service delivery. I assure you all to provide all possible necessary assistance for the success of the conference in this institution.

I am confident that OTICON’2019 will provide a platform to exchange of research by national and international experts, which will immensely enhance the knowledge of the participating delegates specifically the younger group.

My best wishes to AIOTA and the organizing team for very successful conference.

Invite From the Head of Orthopaedics and Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Departments, PGIMER, Chandigarh & the Patron, OTICON’2019


Prof. Dr. Mandeep S. Dhillon

Email: drdhillon@gmail.com

Website: http://pgimer.edu.in

The 56th Annual National Conference of All India Occupational Therapists’ Association with international participation is being organized at Bhargava Auditorium, PGIMER, Chandigarh from 8th to 10th February 2019. This gives me immense pleasure and I extend a warm welcome to all the delegates, faculties and distinguished guests attending the conference.

Occupation Therapy has gained a speedy momentum in the last few years, thereby becoming an essential service in our healthcare system. Occupational Therapy is based on the scientific reasoning that enhances the ability of patients of all age groups, with disabilities and dysfunction to participate in purposeful activities and improve their quality of life.

The theme of the conference “Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare” is a great initiative to promote collaboration amongst the diverse health care professionals. This is a much needed collaboration in health care set ups to achieve common goal in providing effective treatment and rehabilitation of patients in a short time.

OTICON’2019 is being organized by AIOTA in collaboration with Occupational Therapy, Department of Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine, PGIMER, Chandigarh. I am confident that it is being meticulously planned and will be informative and provide opportunities for exploration & growth of the profession. This conference will enhance the knowledge of the participating delegates.

PGIMER, Chandigarh is one of the Apex Medical Institutions of India and has a worldwide reputation for setting up very high standards in the delivery of health care services. I assure to provide you all with all possible necessary assistance for the success of the conference in our institution.

Extending my best wishes to the entire team.

Invite From the President, AIOTA & Organizing Chairman, OTICON’2019


Dr. Anil K. Srivastava

Email: president@aiota.org

All India Occupational Therapists’ Association (AIOTA) has been proactively taking steps for uplifting the profession of occupational therapy in India, since its inception in 1952. The landmark achievements of the year 2018 had been inauguration of AIOTA’s first national headquarter in a grand gathering on 20th April 2018, at Nerul, Navi Mumbai; nine months long duration of Fellowship in Advanced Occupational Therapy in Neuro-Developmental Disorders; and the valued recognition of occupational therapy in the government sector by inclusion of occupational therapist as one of the healthcare authorities of the constituted medical board, for issuance of certification to persons with specific learning disabilities (SLD) in January, 2018. The next Fellowship in Neuro-Rehabilitation is all set to begin in September, 2018. Now AIOTA has taken up the responsibility for organizing OTICON’2019 i.e. the 56th annual national conference of AIOTA with international participation from 8th to 10th February, 2019, in collaboration with Occupational Therapy (OT) Department at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education & Research (PGIMER), at Chandigarh.

Chandigarh, in northwest India, is the capital for both the states of Punjab and Haryana is the main hub from which tourists travel to the Kullu-Manali region. The stunning hill stations Kullu & Manali is surrounded by massive snow clad mountains of great Himalaya and thick pinewood forests with the beautiful Beas River flowing throughout the region, making it a magnificent visiting place. The delegates and guests may also plan a holiday in the nearest destination of tourism attraction i.e. Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, offering views of Himalayan scenery all around.

The Theme for this conference is: “Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare”. The Interdisciplinary team comprises of group of health care professionals from diverse fields to work in coordination and collaboration to set goals, make decisions, share resources and responsibilities to achieve a common goal to improve patient outcomes, besides avoiding duplication of assessments and management. I am confident that the presentations supported with evidence based research in various areas of clinical practice would promote knowledge dissemination to enhance further growth of OT in India.

OTICON’2019 practice would promote knowledge dissemination to enhance further growth of OT in India. AIOTA Executive officials, Organizing Secretary Dr. Bhavinder Singh Suchdev, Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee Dr. Punita V. Solanki and their associate team members are working strenuously to turn OTICON’2019 into a an exemplary conference of OT India. I am pleased to invite members of AIOTA,

Message From the WFOT President


Marilyn Pattison

It is with great pleasure that I send my greetings to all participants of this Conference and congratulate the All India Occupational Therapists’ Association, a founding member of WFOT, on the occasion of their 56 th Conference.

The theme 'Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare!' will explore many areas that are of great importance to the profession of occupational therapy and will provide many opportunities to demonstrate and promote occupational therapy as a vital profession in the provision of services in healthcare. Having the event open for other healthcare professionals to attend will certainly foster an interdisciplinary focus.

At the international level, WFOT is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other Non- governmental organisations to facilitate the inclusion of occupational therapy and occupational therapists in key WHO policies, programmes and publications. I trust that presentations and discussions during the AIOTA Conference will address many of the issues in these activities to promote occupational therapy’s inclusion in interdisciplinary approaches towards comprehensive healthcare.

Congratulations to the organising committee and all colleagues involved in bringing a wide-ranging Conference programme together that will offer many opportunities for the further exploration and development of occupational therapy practice, education and research. I encourage Conference delegates to engage in all the learning and other opportunities that will be available on this occasion. Congratulations also on the initiative of making the Conference webinar available to enhance the learning of international colleagues.

I send my apologies that I am unable to attend OTICON 2019 to share this experience with the many delegates who will attend and I send my very best wishes to the occupational therapists of India for a successful Conference and a successful future.

Kindest regards and warm wishes

Message From the WFOT Executive Director


Ritchard Ledgerd

Dear Colleagues,

I am pleased to offer my sincere congratulations to everyone involved in the 56th AIOTA Annual NationalConference.

With great enthusiasm, AIOTA is once again offering an event of national significance, welcoming a global perspective and delegates from other professions to participate in a comprehensive Conference programme.

The theme of OTICON 2019, ‘'Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare!' invites the exploration and debate of key issues involved in interdisciplinary services working towards a comprehensive approach to healthcare.

OTICON 2019 offers many opportunities to develop excellence in occupational therapy practice, education, research and promotion in India. In addition to a stimulating scientific programme including papers, exhibits, movies and e-posters, delegates can participate in a range of awards ceremonies, and, social and cultural activities.

Congratulations to the organisers – the All India Occupational Therapists’ Association in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Department of PGIMER, Chandigarh; Dr. Bhavinder Singh (Chandigarh), Organizing Secretary; Dr. Punita Solanki (Mumbai), Chairperson of the Scientific Program Committee; and all colleagues who are working very hard to ensure the success of OTICON 2019.

I thank AIOTA and Indian occupational therapists for their commitment to occupational therapy education, the profession, and WFOT.

With best wishes for the Conference

Message From WFOT Bulletin Editor


Kit Sinclair

It gives me great pleasure to send greetings on the event of OTICON 2019 in Chandigarh for your 56th Annual National Conference. The theme of the conference puts an emphasis on Comprehensive Healthcare through an interdisciplinary approach. This theme is appropriate to the development in occupational therapy through practice, research and education in collaboration with our healthcare colleagues, community and all of the people we serve. With our expanding roles in occupational therapy we need to be mindful of the important impact our services can have in the broader community through team-based care.

As the occupational therapy profession continues to achieve greater recognition globally for its unique perspective on occupation and its power to make a difference in people’s lives, there is an increased demand for our expertise and participation in the local and international community. Health care professionals working closer together in a team effort is the most effective and efficient way to produce best outcomes. This involves the information sharing and communication which can easily take place in this Conference.

The theme of OTICON 2019, ‘'Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare!' invites the exploration and debate of key issues involved in interdisciplinary services working towards a comprehensive approach to healthcare.

This and many other important initiatives will be discussed at your conference-- a wonderful opportunity for sharing and networking with old and new friends and colleagues. The gathering of colleagues plays a very important role in the dissemination and sharing of professional expertise and experience, challenging issues and promoting professional standards and values. With all best wishes for a successful conference.

Invite from the Organizing Co-Chairperson


Dr. Zarine Darius Ferzandi

It gives me immense pleasure to invite occupational therapy delegates, students and other professionals to the 56 th national conference of All India Occupational Therapists’ Association organized by AIOTA in collaboration with the occupational therapy department of PGIMER at Chandigarh from 8 th to 10 th February 2019. AIOTA conference is being held for the second time in the beautiful city of Chandigarh which serves as the capital of both states of Haryana and Punjab. The theme of the conference

“Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare” is most appropriate for the progress of the profession. Occupational therapists have widen their expertise and have broken many boundaries. The deliberations in this conference including stimulating scientific programme and student sessions will enable the participants from diverse fields to work in a coordinated manner using each other’s expertise to achieve a cohesive care plan to achieve common shared treatment goals for the welfare of the patients. The conference, I am sure will enable the participants to play an important role in strengthening healthcare by sharing professional experiences and promoting professional standards and values. I wish the organizing secretary Dr. Bhavinder Singh Suchdev and his team a grand success

Invite from the Organizing Co-Chairperson


Dr. Seema Chetri

Welcoming you all to ‘City Beautiful' wherein a mix of learning and fun awaits you. It will be a time to meet old friends and make new ones. A time to replenish our brains with new ideas and approaches. Hope that you all will have a great time here in “Well Planned City Beautiful” which is also very well known for its various theme and gardens.

Invite from the Organizing Secretary, OTICON’2019


Dr. Bhavinder Singh Suchdev

I invite you all to participate in occupational therapy conference in the year 2019. This is an event where occupational therapists, students and other professionals participate from all over India and abroad. After a very long interval this conference will be hosted at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) at Chandigarh.

PGIMER is a premier medical and research institution in Chandigarh, India. It has educational, medical research, and training facilities for its students. We have a well-established occupational therapy department which functions under the department of physical medicine and rehabilitation. The need to upgrade the status of occupational therapy in this area was felt for a long time. The master plan for the promotion of occupational therapy has been prepared in this entire area. This time AIOTA has taken a unique initiative to make this event memorable. So it is a joint venture between AIOTA & occupational therapy department, PGIMER for organizing the conference. The occupational therapists of PGIMER have been working hard for this epic event. The resolution of bringing more professionals to this city in this event has been taken by the organizers. Chandigarh "The City Beautiful" is a city and a union territory in India that serves as the capital of the two neighboring states of Haryana and Punjab. Chandigarh, the dream city of India's first Prime Minister, Shri Jawaharlal Nehru, was planned by the famous French architect Le Corbusier. Picturesquely located at the foothills of Shivaliks, it is known as one of the best experiments in urban planning and modern architecture in the twentieth century in India. Chandigarh falls under Koeppen's CWG category i.e. it has cold dry winter, hot summer and sub-tropical monsoon. Evaporation usually exceeds precipitation and the weather is generally dry. Like OT therapeutic techniques, this city is also a unique model of art and science. Good thoughts originate to stay in a good place and meditate with ease. All the presentations are invited with these good ideas. I assure you that the best efforts will be showcased to offer right platform to you all, by myself & my dynamic, vibrant team.

Invite from the Chairperson, Scientific Program Committee, OTICON’2019


Dr. Punita V. Solanki

AIOTA has been vital in promoting, enhancing and advancing the field of occupational therapy in India, since the year 1952. Year 2019 will mark the 56th annual national conference as OTICON’2019. The conference theme chosen unanimously by the organizing committee is “Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare!” In the capacity of chairperson, scientific program committee, I take this vibrant opportunity to showcase the academic event to the members of AIOTA, par international with many new reformations in the conduct of scientific sessions of this annual event. Few of the newer plans are: scientific sessions will include panel discussions along with scientific oral paper presentations in each sessions, delegates will have a live show in the form of Kaun Banega Delegate of OTICON’2019 by Kerala branch of AIOTA, and students will have a live quiz session in the form of Brainvita Quiz (Best Student Delegate of OTICON’2019) by Karnataka branch of AIOTA. The scientific sessions as well as COTE will be organized live and as a webinar. However webinar registrations will be open only for overseas delegates.

In the capacity of the editorial board member of IJOT, I convey essential message to all the presenting authors that: we expect quality, consistency and accuracy in scientific and ethical presentations, which may add sound knowledge to the existing evidence of occupational therapy literature, especially findings of research on Indian population. Stay tuned to the announcements of OTICON’2019, displayed on the website: www.aiota.org

Kindly refer to the “Scientific Program Guidelines” and “Sample OTICON Abstract” documents for detailed instructions on scientific submissions for OTICON’2019. Kindly also find “Form A1” for registration, “Form A2” for accommodation, “Form B and C” for abstract submission along with reply form and written informed undertaking-copyright form, “Form D” for students’ scientific submissions and “Form E” for cultural event submission, on the website: www.aiota.org We await your enthusiastic participation in large numbers from India and overseas, to make this academic event a memorable one, to be cherished forever in life, moments captured with peers, friends, colleagues, mentors, teachers and stalwarts of occupational therapy from India and overseas.

Warm regards and Best wishes to one and all.

Invite from the AIOTA Vice President


Dr. Shashi Oberai

On behalf of AIOTA, I am delighted to invite the Occupational Therapy professionals from India and overseas, students and distinguished guests from other related professions, to the 56th AIOTA National Conference OTICON’2019, being organized in collaboration with the Occupational Therapy Department at PGIMER at Chandigarh from 8th to 10th February, 2019.

The theme for this conference: “Interdisciplinary Approach: Towards Comprehensive Healthcare”, is central to effective patient care and cost effective managements. With the Scientific Program Committee chaired by Dr. Punita V. Solanki and her associate team members, who are working hard to incorporate a perfect blend of interdisciplinary scientific sessions of evidence based practice, education and research.

I congratulate Dr. Bhavinder Singh Suchdev, the Organizing Secretary, and his dedicated team at PGIMER for accepting this challenge to making OTICON’2019 an exciting and enriching conference.

Message So, I welcome you all to hurry up and be a witness to this meticulously planned event. Registrations are open. Please do visit the conference website: http://oticon.aiota.org for payment details

Warm Welcome to One and All

Invite from Dean, Academic Council of Occupational Therapy (ACOT)


Dr. Jyothika Bijlani

It gives me immense pleasure, to extend a very warm welcome to each and every one of you, participating in The 56 th Annual National Conference of AIOTA at Chandigarh.

ACOT regularly organizes Continuing OT Education Programmes on various important and contemporary topics in the form of short Certificate Courses, Seminars, and Workshops to share & update the knowledge of young practicing therapists by experienced faculty. "PAMOT", "Driver Rehabilitation"," Wheel-Chair Training", "Research Methodology & Art of writing Research " etc are some of the academic courses that were conducted during 2017-2018. Occupational Health and Ergonomics (Office and Industry)" is a minimal focused area, hence we intend to organize a short course in this area too very soon.

ACOT very successfully convened innovative 9 months 1 st Annual National Fellowship in Advanced Occupational Therapy: "Neurodevelopmental disorders" from September 2017- June 2018. This initiative was highly appreciated and welcomed by members. Considering the demand and the overwhelming response the 2 nd Annual Fellowship on "Neuro -Rehabilitation" is all set to be commenced from September 2018.

One of the significant highlights of OTICON'2019 is pre-conference COTE on "Advanced Occupational Therapy in Neurological Disorders" with novel topics: "Evidence-based Occupational Therapy for Visual Impairments in Neurological Disorders" by Dr. Kavita Mahamankar and "Robotic & Aquatic Therapy as an Adjunct to Occupational Therapy in Neurological Disorders" by Dr. Priya Tawde.

ACOT is committed to infusing academic excellence in the clinical practice of occupational therapists in India. To achieve this ACOT team with the fullest cooperation from AIOTA Executive is working hard with the esteemed help and expertise of national and international faculties.

In my capacity as "In-charge for Cultural events" for OTICON 2019, I am pleased to invite you all to join us for grand cultural evenings on 8 th and 9 th Feb 2019. The competitive cultural evening is structured in a way wherein not only student delegates but also the member delegates also can participate to showcase their talents. This is the first time we are organizing the cultural evening inviting member-delegates as well. So do not miss the opportunity of enjoying the cultural bonanzainfused with great fun in the cultural evenings of OTICON'2019.

I wish you all the best and looking forward to meeting you during OTICON 2019 in Chandigarh.

Invite from the AIOTA Honorary Secretary


Dr. Satish S. Maslekar

It gives me immense pleasure to write a message for the 56th Annual National Conference of AIOTA (OTICON’2019) at PGIMER, Chandigarh from 8th to 10th February 2019. The theme of the conference itself is very creative, explanatory. I am also very happy because AIOTA is hosting this conference in collaboration Occupational Therapy department, PGIMER, at Chandigarh.

I, on the behalf of executive committee members of AIOTA and as Honorary Secretary of AIOTA, wholeheartedly welcome all the national and international delegates from all faculties. I also wish best luck and I extend my full support to the dynamic Organizing Secretary of OTICON’2019, Dr. Bhavinder Singh Suchdev and his enthusiastic team. I am also confident, that, all delegates will have a lot of knowledge exchange and will also learn new academic trends and approaches in Occupational Therapy.