Monday, February 28, 2011

Gaining Respect On Physiotherapy

The importance of physiotherapy in Malaysia is becoming more recognised amongst other health personnel as well by the community. According to Dr Balwant Singh Bains, the president of the Malaysian Physiotherapy Association (MPA), there are 209 private and 157 public hospitals in Malaysia employing about 750 physiotherapists. There are almost 200 other physiotherapists employed by NGOs, working or running own private clinics.

Physiotherapy has been in Malaysia since after our Merdeka yet we still lack the respect that we deserve. We don't even have our own council which should voice our rights. I personally attribute this to various factors:

1. Majority of the physiotherapists in Malaysia currently are only diploma holders. I'm not saying diploma holders are of low quality because I've met many great and amazing physiotherapists (Puan Ruhaya Hussien, Madam Sarkuna and many others) who are just diploma holders yet they upgrade themselves through attending various courses. However, we should be at par with other profession which produces many degree holders. Doctors are at minimal having a degree and we should follow in that step. Countries like Australia and the UK are not even focusing on producing degree holders but to produce more post-graduates of physiotherapy. Having post-graduate qualifications allow us to specialise in the various disciplines of physiotherapy and not just be a general practitioner.

2. In countries like Australia and India, the physiotherapists are considered extended scope practitioners where they don't need a doctor's referral to attend to patients. They may even refer the patients for X-ray without having to go through doctors. To achieve this, we must improve the curriculum of studying. For example, my batch of degree from UiTM did not get to learn on interpreting radiographic images, pharmacology or various clinical conditions. However my juniors are lucky to have those taught to them. These are the subjects that should be taught in all colleges and universities to allow physiotherapists to also be the first-hand practitioners for patients. This would ease the job of doctors to not have to attend to too many patients, also would improve the integrity of the physiotherapy profession.

3. How we carry ourselves reflect alot on the profession. We physiotherapists are the masters in posture, biomechanics and gait (walking pattern). Yet it is very disappointing to see the postures of physiotherapists themselves. We teach patients to have and maintain good posture yet many of us don't even comply to the knowledge and skills that we have. Notice how a medical specialist stands and walks? Notice how bosses of multimillion companies talk? We should follow those demeanour. We should be able to talk in a more professional, confident and charismatic way yet gentle and still be soft spoken. English is a language that all of us must be able to communicate with fluently.

4. Performing assessments and provision of interventions should be to the maximal capacity possible within the time frame of meeting the patients. I have to admit, sometimes I get disappointed by how a physiotherapist assess and treat a patient. I would notice that a more meticulous assessment and treatment could be performed. Determination of goals should be done accurately and to be able to differentiate between an important goal and an urgent goal is vital.

Here's my cry to the physiotherapists of Malaysia, don't be satisfied with just a diploma or a degree, get higher qualifications. We should all carry ourselves better through the way we talk, walk and our general posture. Also we should give patients the best of assessments and treatments as we should always target for the patient to cure. This would prove to other health personnel as well as fellow citizens that physiotherapy do work.

In many occasions we have been disrespected, undermined and underestimated. It is not something that we can demand but something that we should earn. This need to change and it should happen now.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Petals of Two

In the garden of passion,

For the divine rose I quest,

Glisten with the purest of radiance,

Blooming majestially above the rest.

Abundance of petals in love,

Arranged resplendently of white and red,

Flew above the gazing white dove,

Blessing my treasure offerred.

Emanating the perfume of trust and care,

With great sweetness of the brilliant mind,

For everything and with everything we share,

As we hope for this to continuously shine.

For half a season I've had you,

For bounteous sunshine I want to love you.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

My Home Made Salad

Others would often have their first blog posts describing about themselves, welcoming others to their blog or even filled the post with their pictures.

I'll make mine different. I want to write about what I had for dinner today.

It's a new beginning for me as it was the first time I made my own salad. Well honestly I'm not a salad guy but I was inspired to have them for dinner for various reasons.

2 weeks ago my cousin had her wedding reception at Delicious and she had ceasar salad served as the appetiser. It had lettuces, mushrooms, croutons and some other scrumptious unidentified objects in it and it tasted simply awesome.

Another reason is simply because my mum and brother need to go on a diet so they have me joining in their "lose-weight program".

This is kinda how my salad look like (sorry didn't take any pictures of my food as I didn't plan to start a blog yet then)

So here's my recipe for an awesome home-made ceasar salad:

1. A few leaves of lettuce

2. Some brocollis

3. Some cauliflowers

4. Approximately 4 dashes of Kraft's Caesar Dressing

Kraft should have paid me for this free advertising
What could make this salad much more appetising and perhaps have it as a more balance meal, croutons could be added and perhaps chicken chunks as well.
Hopefully I'll be able to continue with this pretty yummy diet!