Review Article

Merging physiotherapy and occupational therapy training: A paradigm shift

V. R. P. M'kumbuzi, C. J. Eales
South African Journal of Physiotherapy | Vol 57, No 3 | a511 | DOI: | © 2018 V. R. P. M'kumbuzi, C. J. Eales | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 31 August 2018 | Published: 30 August 2001

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V. R. P. M'kumbuzi, Registered MSc Physiotherapy student, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
C. J. Eales, Department of Physiotherapy, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

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This paper is based on Stephen Covey’s work “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, which is only one philosophical approach aimed at empowering people to achieve desired goals. It is therefore not a research article, neither does it suggest that Covey’s philosophy alone will lead to success, but rather, it is intended to offer a paradigm we need to consider and work within when applying any of the management theories to the joint training of occupational therapy and physiotherapy students. Naturally such a philosophical paradigm cannot stand alone in the practical implementation of a merger, however a discussion of the management theories and their strategies are beyond the scope of this paper. Therefore, while the ideas shared here are the products of a personal and professional conviction, and need to be read within this context, it may be worthwhile to consider the possible long-term implications to the training and development of professionals in the rehabilitation sciences.


merge, physiotherapy; occupational therapy; rehabilitation merge


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