A successful webinar aimed at raising awareness about Occupational Therapy

A successful webinar aimed at raising awareness about Occupational Therapy; An emerging profession by experts in the field. 

The speakers Ms Neelum Zehra, Ms Faitima Khan and Ms. Sobia Haroon and the moderator Ms. Wania Noor guided students on what steps to take to pursue a career in Occupational Therapy. It also highlighted growth opportunities at every step for the students enrolling in Doctor of Occupational Therapy (DOT) and other programs at ZCRS. It explored the paradigm from paediatric health, to adult rehab, to geriatric, to psychiatry– focusing on the diverse work prospects of Occupational Therapy.


The Department of Occupational Therapy at Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences, Ziauddin Faculty of Law and School of Forensic Mental Health Scotland jointly organized a seminar on Mental Health Ordinance of Pakistan and Forensic Rehabilitation for undergraduate students of Doctor of Occupational Therapy on 25th June 2021. The objective of this seminar was to educate the occupational therapy students about how the legal system of Pakistan protects the rights of people with mental illness and commit crimes. Ms. Sadia Qureshi, Senior Law Counsel at Sindh Healthcare Commission discussed legal issues concerning the assessment, treatment, and care of people with mental illness, while Dr. Khuram H Khan Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist at The State Hospital Carstairs National Health Service UK, talked about forensic services available at Pakistan and some joint initiatives to educate the community stakeholders about the need and importance of forensic rehabilitation.


Date: 21st July 2021
Time: 10 AM to 12 PM

Horticultural therapy is one of the intervention modalities at Occupational Therapy that
utilizes plants and plant-based activity to achieve specific goals within an established
treatment, rehabilitation, or vocational plan. Moreover, it is also used as a mode for
developing sensory sensation, mood, interest, focus, and emotional regulation.
One-day hands-on workshop on Horticultural therapy was organized by the Department of
Occupational Therapy of Ziauddin College of Rehabilitation Sciences, facilitated by Mr.
Abdul Majid, Manager horticultural, and Ziauddin University
Students of the Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program learned about the implementation
of horticultural therapy within various settings such as developmental, psychiatric, sensory
impairment, geriatric, and medical conditions of individuals. They also learned essential
skills that are required for effective occupational therapy and activity analysis to improve
occupational performance in life skills.

Merit List for Admission 2016-2017 (BS ASLT Batch-X)

Published URL : National Courier

Published Date: 30th Sep 2016

By: Dr. Anila Kazmi

We often come across a word quite loud in our day to day working “Recognition”, or it is depicting the same word, which could be in a different way or form, perhaps credit or appreciation; well is sounds so familiar. But when we approach to the act of performance, recognition at times is bowled out or I must say it is overlooked to the some extent.

The word Recognition itself holds a very certain and important aspect in our life. For instance when we look around it is nearly almost everywhere and there. It is the value of identification, acknowledgement, and existence, so leading to an utterly true concept, especially when it comes to behavioral consequences.
The word Recognition is a huge and broad one, and if we look into the same, the burden itself will require buying more time in order to debate upon the various influencing characteristics it holds.
The interest being highlighted in the momentum and according to a matter of interest, is asking our self that is recognition really a great motivator? When we talk about an employee or staff working in an organization; well in my view the answer is surely a Yes!

Employee or Staff recognition is an acknowledgement of a person’s or team’s actions, conduct, effort or any dealing that ropes the organization’s goals and values, and which has visibly been outside normal expectations.

To be effective at work, the Management of an organization needs to understand the psychology of graciously approving others for their good work, finding positive ways and methods to apply the principles of employee recognition and to encourage others to initiate it in their working relationships.
Appreciation is an essential human requirement. Employees react confidently, when expressions of gratitude are made through recognition of their good work because it confirms their work is valued. Correctly measured and a well-respected employee’s job performance will definitely reflect on job satisfaction, following a rise in productivity, thus motivation is hooked in, having a marked impact on further improvement of performance.

When we talk about the cost for having recognition system in an organization, it is quite petite while on the other hand, the benefits are no doubt hefty, but yes when implemented successfully in accordance to the effectiveness.

Here, the main concern or rather should say a matter to ponder, is that at times the management just pass-by the word recognition, and even if it is being tapped, the response is not that kind of amazingly charming. And eventually the turn out of performance slowly moves to the other side, as the employee loses motivation and even morale elements for enhancements.

Surveys and researches have proven that staff recognition brings the benefit of instant and influential reinforcement of preferred behavior leading to sets an example to other employees.
A simple and honest gesture like thank you to an employee’s true contribution can become responsible for a morale boosting drive. This is how we make important possessions of recognition blend into having a perfect function system. The list of benefits of having such a system can go a way long, but highlighting few significant ones are; increased individual efficiency, thus pointing to the act of recognizing desired behavior which increases the repetition of the desired behavior, and therefore productivity. This is classic behavioral psychology. The armored deeds and behaviour pattern of a well recognized employee will support the organization’s mission and key performance display, few being:

* Having more employee satisfaction and fulfillment of work – leading to more time spent focusing on the job and less time of complaining or being unreasonable.
* Higher loyalty and satisfaction scores from customers, either internal or external.
* Enhanced team working spirit.
* Retention of quality employees increases – lower employee turnover.
* Better safety records and fewer on the job mishaps.
* Lower unenthusiastic or negative effects such as absenteeism and stress, boredom etc.

So, if the word Recognition itself is given its due esteem and the its value is measured the way it should actually be and understood, then we can hopefully see better outcomes in the working scenarios and excellence in changing not only the work environment but having properly matched behavioral attributes, better mutual understandings, lesser conflicts and above all adding a brighter appeal in order to have a peaceful ambiance at work.

( The writer is Group Head, Department of Quality Assurance Dr. Ziauddin Hospitals).

Independence Day Celebrations

In the face of advances in cancer treatment and decreases in mortality rates, cancer is still seen by individuals, first and foremost, as a death sentence. For many who are diagnosed with the disease, their initial thoughts are about death and dying (Loney, 1998)

Cancer patients deal with the different side effects and life changes during cancer treatment, it affects not only physical health, but it does bring wide range of feelings. Their emotions change daily, hourly, or even minute to minute. This is true whether you’re currently in treatment, done with treatment, or any of your friend or family members is affected. Diagnosis of cancer is a very stressful event for the patients and their families. In spite of all these mood swings patients at Dr Ziauddin Cancer Hospital were fully boosted with energy to celebrate Independence Day celebrations.

Looking at the JOSH & JAZBA of patients despite of full occupancy of the hospital Dr Ziauddin Cancer hospital organized an Independence Day for cancer patients in the hospital premises in which patients shared their feelings about the day, sung mili naghme while being on bed as they could not come to the arena. Few of the patients came from home to participate in the event and shared their feeling and experiences while their stay during treatment.

We all witnessed the smiley faces, happiness and sparkling eyes of our patients who were seeing death and were feeling pain and anxiety two days ago. No expensive medicines can replaced liveliness of their faces which we have seen by celebrating this small event for them.

This colorful event was witnessed and well appreciated by all patients, family members as well as hospital staff and management.

Article on “The role of red meat in liver disease”

Published URL : National Courier

Published Date: 11th Aug 2016

By: Itrat Siddiqui

Your liver is the processing plant of your body. Its job is to designate nutrients like proteins and Fats for use and to send the toxins that result from protein breakdown to your Kidneys. How red meat can affect your liver. Because your liver is responsible for breaking down and packaging protein. If you are a healthy individual your liver should be able to breakdown these foods with little difficulty. It is possible that long term excess consumption of red meat could worsen liver problems . If your body cannot breakdown red meat properly the waste product can build up. These toxins can affect your brain functioning known as Hepatic encephalopathy. Each person may react differently to red meat intake .When you have liver disease certain protein may be better tolerated than others, according to the Hepatitis Foundation International. If your liver disease is advanced red meat may not be tolerated as effectively as vegetable and dairy proteins. Few studies have examined whether meat and fat intake are associated with chronic liver disease. Meat processing and its heme iron, Nitrate, and Nitrite content were associated with CLD. Patients can eat as much vegetable protein (dried beans and peas, soya products, peanut butter and others) as they like. In patients with chronic liver disease, anemia may be exacerbated by deficiency of folic acid and/or vitamin B12 that can occur secondary to inadequate dietary intake or malabsorption. A major cause of anemia associated with chronic liver disease is hemorrhage, especially into the gastrointestinal tract. For people who have liver disease, eating a healthy diet makes it easier for the liver to do its jobs and can help repair some liver damage. An unhealthy diet can make the liver work very hard and can cause more damage to it. Dietary changes for liver disease may involve: * Cutting down the amount of protein you eat .This will help the buildup of toxic waste products. * Increasing your intake of carbohydrates to be in proportion with the amount of protein you eat. * Limit your salt intake .Salt in the diet may worsen fluid build up and swelling in the liver. * Try to eat small frequent meals. * Turn 3 large meals into 5 or 6 small meals to get enough calories and protein for muscles and organs. * Choose nutrient rich foods, such as whole milk, instead of skim and dried fruit, instead of fruit juices. * Always have a bedtime snack. Try crackers or bread with unsalted peanut butter to make a sandwich with a glass of whole milk. * Talk to your doctor or dietitian about a nutritional supplement if you cannot eat enough to maintain your muscles.

1 2