Welcome Note from the Chairperson
Our Speakers (in order of appearance)
DR. MOHD ZULKIFLI ABDUL RAHIM
Malaysian Occupational Therapy Association
Dr. Mohd Zulkifli Abdul Rahim is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Health Campus, Kelantan. He is the head of the Health Rehabilitation Unit (Occupational Therapy), Exercise and Sport Science Program. He is also the Chairman of Disability Cluster, USM. He is currently, the elected President of the Malaysian Occupational Therapists Asscociation. Dr. Zul Rahim started his practice as an occupational therapist in year 1990 at the University Hospital, USM after completing his training from the Occupational Therapy College, Hospital Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He was awarded a scholarship from USM to pursue his Bachelor’s education at the University of Teesside, UK. He received his Masters and Ph.D from the University of Queensland, Australia. In USM, he has established various projects for people with disabilities, including Employment Training Program for people with Intellectual Disabilities, which is currently, being replicated in Penang Malaysia. Dr. Zul and his team has also established Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) centre in USM and initiated wheelchair modification and service centre in USM, Kelantan, in collaboration with the Rajanagarindra Institute of Child Development (RICD), Thailand. Internationally, Dr. Zul was awarded the Disaster Heroes medallion, by the Australian government and the International Student Award by the University of Queensland.
DR. TOH TECK HOCK
Head of Clinical Research Centre, Sibu Hospital, Sarawak
Dr Toh is a Paediatrician and the Head of Clinical Research Centre in Sibu Hospital, and he has worked previously in the United Kingdom, Singapore and Australia as a paediatric trainee. He has special interests in developmental-behavioural paediatrics and community child health. He is an adjunct teacher for SEGi University Medical School as well as the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Regional Clinical Advisor in Health Promotion®, Vice President for the National Early Childhood Intervention Council, Council Member for Sarawak State Council for Early Childhood Education and Development, and National Assessor for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and Secretary of the Association for Children with Special Needs Sibu. Besides scientific papers and presentations, he has also published parent-teacher handbooks on ADHD and language development, as well as children reading / colouring books, and books on Chinese literary prose and short stories. He received the “Outstanding Young Malaysian Award” in 2010 for the Category “Contribution to Children, World Peace or Human Rights” and Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) Advocacy Award during the 2018 SENIA / East Asia Regional Council of Schools Conference at Bangkok, Thailand.
DR. TOMONARI HAYASAKA
Kyorin University, Japan
Tomonari Hayasaka is a junior Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy at Kyorin University, Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine, where he studies Occupational Performance Characteristics of Personality Disorder in Treatment-Refractory Depressive State. His studies explore the comorbidity of Depressive state and Personality Disorder in Major Depressive disorders as well as Anxiety disorders and Bipolar disorders.
Tomonari Hayasaka graduated in Rehabilitation Science in Niigata College of Rehabilitation, Japan, and obtained Doctorate in Health Sciences from the International University of Health and Welfare, Japan. From 1999 to 2005, he was Occupational therapist in the Japanese Private psychiatric hospitals, and then joined the International University of Health and Welfare in 2002 where he worked until 2009. In 2009 he moved to the Osaka Health Science University. and he established Japanese Research Association for Occupational Therapy of Mood Disorders(JAOTM) at this period. from 2012, he moved to the faculty of Health Sciences at kyorin University where he is currently a Junior Associate Professor in Occupational Therapy. He puts emphasis on clinical experiences and is still continuing clinical practice. These experiences are approved by Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists (JAOT), and he has two occupational therapist qualifications (Authorized Occupational Therapist, and Specialized Occupational Therapist) in addition to national qualifications. He has been a member of the Chairperson in Ministry of Education of JAOT, and Head of the secretariat in JAOTM. He also works in other academic societies and published actively paper for Occupational therapy.
NOOR MUKMININ AHMAD
Head Of Occupational Therapy Unit, Hospital Jitral
Mr Noor Mukminin was born in MUAR JOHOR. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree and Diploma in Occupational Therapy (HONOURS) and received his higher education in Universiti Teknologi Mara. Currently, he is pursuing post graduate study, Master in Health Science (Occupational Therapy) at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. in 2012, he practiced as Paediatric Occupational Therapist at WQ Park Health & Rehabilitation Centre and started working at Hospital Jitra as the head of Occupational Therapy Unit in 2013. Mr Noor Mukminin’s expertise is in Paediatric Occupational Therapy, specifically in Sensory Integration and Sensory Processing Disorders. He obtained Sensory Integration Certification from University of Southern California (USC)/ Western Psychological Services (WPS) in 2016. Mr Noor Mukminin is actively involved in Quality and Research Convention. In 2015, he won second place for Oral QA in Quality Convention organised by Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri Kedah. He also participated in Research Poster Competetion in the 11TH National Conference for Clinical Research in conjuction with 5TH REACTA Forum in 2017. The highest achievements received were the First Place Winner of Oral Poster Presentation And Best Poster Award In The International Symposium Of Health Sciences 2017 (Organised By Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia). Mr Noor Mukminin is currently involved in a Project ‘International Normative Data Collection For Evaluation In Ayres Sensory IntegrationÒ’, An International Project By The Collaboration In Ayres Sensory IntegrationÒ (CLASI).
Aziah Mohamad is an Occupational Therapist who holds a Bachelor of Science (HONS) in Applied Rehabilitation Occupational Therapy from University of Teesside, UK. She has practicing for pass 17 years in this field.
She has experience working in various setting such as Government Hospital and Non Government Organization (NGO). She is qualified for Sensory Integration Praxis Test (SIPT).
Currently, she is the Centre Administrator as well as Senior Occupational Therapy and has special interest in working with children with sensory integration dysfunction and learning difficulties.
WQ Park Health and Rehabilitation Centre
Dr. Pisak Chinchai is an Asst Prof of Occupational Therapy at Chiang Mai University, Thailand. He received his B.S. (Occupational Therapy) from Chiang Mai University in 1983 and worked as an occupational therapist in Bangkok for about 6 years, then moved to be a lecturer at Chiang Mai university in 1991. He continued his post-graduate study in health promotion at Chiang Mai University from 1994 to 1996, and also went abroad to USA for his Master’s degree at the University of Southern California, where he received an MA (Occupational Therapy) in 1999. In 2000 he received a scholarship from the Thai government to do his Ph.D. at Curtin University of Technology, Australia, where he graduated with a doctoral degree in 2003. Dr. Pisak is currently head of the department of occupational therapy at Chiang Mai University. He works in the field of physical dysfunction and community rehabilitation. His main interest is not only in institutional settings but also in the community where many disabled people and their family members struggle with their lives at home. He has worked with many local agencies to promote health and a better quality of life for people with disabilities in Thailand. Dr. Pisak is married to Dr. Supaporn, who is an occupational therapist in the field of Pediatrics, and his daughter is also studying occupational therapy at Chiang Mai University. He can be contacted at