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Interview and - Interview with Dr Amanda Ng By Kevin Ho Student Number:211546587 Section A Tutorial leader Amanda Black Tutorial number 12

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Interview with Dr. Amanda Ng By Kevin Ho 27/02/12 Student Number:211546587 Section: A Tutorial leader: Amanda Black Tutorial number: 12 Assignment type: Interview and Analysis 2011-2012 KINE 1000 6.0 Socio-cultural Perspectives in Kinesiology 1
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York University Dr. Amanda Ng has a different kind of transition from school to work compared to most of the physiotherapists in Canada who are likely to have received their degree from a Canadian university. She completed three years of training at Hong Kong Polytechnic University and decided to move to Canada as an independent immigrant in 1998 due to the larger demand for physiotherapists in Toronto. Her qualification as a physiotherapist facilitated her immigration process as an independent worker. Although her qualification in Hong Kong did apply in Canada as well, she needed a license to work as a physiotherapist in Canada. In order to obtain the license, she completed four months of residency in a Canadian hospital and took a written exam hosted by the Canadian Physiotherapist Association. Then she received her national license and she would be able to work in every province. According to Amanda, independence was one of the biggest challenges she faced when she first entered the field. Before that she had always worked in a group with clinical instructors monitoring her training. Once she became a therapist, She had to take full responsibility for all the care she provided. She must recognize her limits and be confident in herself so as to provide her patients with an adequate service. In addition, she said that her workload as a real therapist increased dramatically and she had to deal with her cases more competently. Amanda has been working in an arthritis centre in Toronto ever since she moved to Canada. As a physiotherapist, her responsibility is to improve patients’ movement, function and control over their bodies through various physical treatments. It is also her responsibility to educate her patients about their condition and how to prevent further damages to their injuries. Moreover, she cited a thorough understanding of the patients’ issues as her core responsibility. By issues she did not refer to mere diseases; she meant all the social factors that would 2
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potentially traumatize her patients’ condition. She claimed that to fully understand a patient’s issues would be impossible if she only dealt with the disease itself. She reinforces the importance of building empathy and treating a patient as a whole person and not just a disease. She is always honest to her patients about the difficulties they might encounter in the future as they adapt to a new lifestyle suggested by her diagnosis. These may include career change, daily difficulties or financial problems. Amanda said that all health professions must work as a team in order to improve the standard of the healthcare system. She believes that her treatment is the very first
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course KINE 1000 taught by Professor Safai during the Spring '09 term at York University.

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Interview and - Interview with Dr Amanda Ng By Kevin Ho Student Number:211546587 Section A Tutorial leader Amanda Black Tutorial number 12

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