About the Speaker

Ms Heidi Tan Siew Khoon

Senior Principal Occupational Therapist
Department of Occupational Therapy
Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Heidi is a Senior Principal Occupational Therapist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. Her clinical interests include work fitness determination, work rehabilitation and training and development of healthcare professionals. Her clinical research focus is on the return to work coordination model of care to facilitate workers with injury to return to work. Heidi is the editor for the “7 principles for successful Return to Work - A Guide for OTs in Singapore” publication, with feedback from 13 local Occupational Therapists and the original publisher- Institute of Work & Health, Canada. In addition to her clinical role, Heidi holds educational leadership roles within the allied health division in Tan Tock Seng Hospital and has a joint appointment lecturer position at the Singapore Institute of Technology.            


Track 6: Disability and Rehabilitation in Singapore: The Landscape and National Rehabilitation Initatives
Return-to-Work Coordination in Public Hospitals in Singapore
Date  :  Friday, 8 September 2017
Time  :  0830
Venue  :   Auditorium
Abstract  :   While case management in helping patients discharge from hospital is a common feature in many hospitals, case management in helping patients return to work is a relatively unknown in public hospitals. Return-To-Work coordination in an acute hospital setting allows the opportunity for early focus on rehabilitating patients to an important role many value – Work. The presenter will share a framework of how return-to-work coordination can happen in public hospitals and the role of healthcare professionals in facilitating the patients to return to work.