SAPOS [Strategic Alliance of Prosthetic Orthotic Schools]

SAPOS [Strategic Alliance of Prosthetic Orthotic Schools] is another development milestone resulted from the collaboration of prosthetic and orthotic schools which first initiated among the schools with funding provided by The Nippon Foundation. For a number of years CSPO has facilitated this collaborative programme. The programme includes annual meetings of the schools’ management and staff exchanges. This develops the capacity of the human resources within the institutes involved as well as building international and regional networks and improving the quality of rehabilitation and education services.

The objectives of the regional schools collaboration are to:

1. Share knowledge, skills and teaching materials to enhance P/O education in the

region amongst existing (and soon to be founded) P/O schools;

2. Establish a focus group of educators from the P/O schools in Cambodia, Thailand,

Pakistan and Sri Lanka to avoid duplication of work;

3. Facilitate the inclusion of other P/O schools into this regional activities;

4. Initiate regular meetings between representatives from the P/O schools;

5. Co-ordinate and facilitate national staff exchanges between partner P/O schools;

6. Build regional capacity;

7. Facilitate the exchange of teaching materials;

8. Institute technology transfer;

9. Encourage cross-cultural understanding.

The objectives of the regional collaboration on P/O education are being achieved through the following activities: For more information : http://www.opoedh.org/

Annual Meetings of P/O Schools:

These meetings were initiated in 2003 by CSPO. The meeting greatly enlarges the working group and involved representatives from the Nippon Foundation, ISPO, Japan, Australia, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand and Sri Lanka. A number of the participants were self-funded, showing the interest that exists to develop regional co-operation.

The meeting encouraged participants to set goals for their activities both nationally and regionally, and to monitor their achievements on a regular basis.

Documentation from the P/O school meetings and staff exchange programmes are forwarded to the Nippon Foundation.

These meetings:

Allow discussion on various issues related to P/O education and the sharing of experience, knowledge, skills and teaching materials, Facilitate the development of regional professional links in P/O education, Provide an opportunity for individuals to observe how education is provided in a range of cultural settings.

Each school was required to prepare and deliver presentations on their activities for the meetings. During the final session, a brief report on the outcomes of the meeting was agreed by the participants.

Prosthetics and Orthotics Education Atmosphere Site Development:

The development of the SAPOS Collaboration Site [Strategic Alliance of Prosthetic Orthotic Schools] (SAPOS) website was another step forward to provide a range of possibilities for those individuals with interest in learning more about the

collaboration and activities among the schools.

The ability to post the discussion and register as SAPOS user is a good tool to move forward with the use of the benefits of information technology in prosthetic and orthotic field. The main objective of the development of SAPOS website is to allow

effective information sharing and collaboration in the development of strategic plans for the role of Prosthetics and Orthotics education in the region. The concept of the site was originated by Mr. Ronald Altman, a Lecturer at CSPO, it was developed by James Altman, Academic Technology Training Specialist at Northwestern University’s Academic Technologies Services.

The SAPOS site was conceived as a tool for the administrators, faculty, and staff of the member institutions to use collaboratively to further the development of all the various educational programs.

Staff Exchange Programmes.

It is proposed to facilitate 4 staff exchanges per year amongst the staff of the regional P/O schools.Participants from the Vietnamese P/O school are invited to the P/O school meetings and staff exchanges, on a self-funded basis. For each staff exchange a set of learning objectives is agreed by the school sending the individual, the school receiving the individual and the individual concerned. Following each staff exchange, a report is submitted by the individual on the activities of the exchange programme.

The staff exchange programme provides an opportunity for individuals to observe how education is provided in a range of cultural settings.

visit APOS Asia website

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