FROM THE PRESIDENT'S DESK
I was blessed to be able to travel and spend my time in Sabah for the past 1 week. It was an amazing feelings meeting our colleagues there, both Audiologists and Speech-Language Therapists, in the M.E.A.T. Sharing Session. We had a fruitful discussion on adult learning principles and how we should optimize these principles to support them to create changes and achieve goals of intervention.
The Pediatric Neurology Update was a great learning platform too. Various issues were discussed including the importance to ensure the children that we work with have a quality sleep and sufficient Vitamin D. The conference also highlighted the importance of working in team, working with professionals and optimizing intervention resources.
With this thought in mind, I would like to invite all members to reflect on following questions:
– have we included families in the intervention program? This include having a mutual therapy goals and facilitate them in mastering and implementing specific skill that they need
– have we established mutual collaboration with other professionals in working with our clients, in order to ensure our clients receive a holistic input?
– does the current system used in our service effective and efficient?
With the variation of culture in our society and the limited resources of our service, it is a high time to examine and to revamp our current practice to ensure we achieve an optimal result. In addition, sharing our work with other professionals either through formal learning platforms (e.g. conference) or through article writing is also equivalently important.
In the spirit of "Merdeka", let's work together for the betterment of our society, through our professions. Let's be innovative in our work and be courage to serve beyond or against the norm. Every small change matters and does make a lot of differences!
""Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much!" – Helen Keller
Merdeka! Merdeka! Merdeka!
NOR SHAHRINA MOHD ZAWAWI
31 August 2016