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The Bridge                                                      Issue 22

Bridging the gap between research and practice

Welcome to this special edition of The Bridge which is focussed on celebrating the international launch of the Research Centre for Occupation and Mental Health (RCOMH) at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) Congress, Santiago, Chile on Wednesday 5 May 2010.
RCOMH international launch was a success!

We are delighted to announce that just over a month ago RCOMH was launched as a global entity. We hope the level of interest and enthusiasm shown at the launch is translated into partnerships and international collaboration that delivers the high quality research needed to underpin practice.


 > Full story here

A new research programme formally launched
Assistant Professor Crystal Grass, from Dalhousie University in Canada, and Associate Professor Louise Farnworth, from Monash University in Australia, talked about one of RCOMH’s research programmes.

They are jointly leading a programme to develop collaborative research in the area of ‘Occupation and mental health in forensic and prison services’. As well as outlining the aims of this research programme, they talked about the importance of sharing research which is published in different languages. They both have been involved in the forensic field for a long time and are totally committed to developing this area of research.


What about you and RCOMH…?
Genevieve Smyth, who is a member of the steering group and long time supporter of RCOMH’s endeavours in her work as Professional Affairs Officer at College of Occupational Therapists (COT), tweeted

 “Fantastic International Launch of the Research Centre of Occupation and Mental Health at WFOT helping to promote global MH research”

So what do you think? Are you going to get more involved? We are very aware that having generated the interest in RCOMH at the international launch we now need to deliver on our mission. In the next year we will be entirely focussed on establishing the research programmes and the networks that need to go alongside these. By doing this we will to ensure we have the partnership and collaboration needed to deliver high quality work. That’s what we are going to do but how will you get involved?

  • If you are interested in being involved in one of the research programmes, please contact the research lead associated with the programme (see our website www.yorksj.ac.uk/RCOMH for more details).
  • Please do not hesitate to contact us at RCOMH@yorksj.ac.uk with any news about research or events and/or ideas you have for RCOMH. We are always pleased to hear from you and we will post events and news on the website. 

But let’s not pretend the trip to Chile was all work and no play…

In the interests of occupational balance there was some sightseeing done.

 > Chile slideshow


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