When Kit Sinclair arrived in Hong Kong in 1969, following a two-year stint with the US Peace Corps in Korea, she planned to stay for a few days before moving to Europe. Fast forward 35 years and Professor Sinclair, who teaches occupational therapy at the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences at Polytechnic University, is Hong Kong's longest-serving occupational therapist. She's also the first Hong Kong person to be elected president of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists, an international organisation of professionals with members in 60 countries. As president, she has travelled the world to help foster a better understanding of the importance of occupational therapy. 'While physiotherapists work on retraining muscles, occupational therapists focus on getting people mobile again and helping them achieve specific aims to handle the basics of daily life,' she says. On the mainland, she has worked with organisations, including the WHO, to train Chinese professionals to help an estimated 180 million disabled people. But it is perhaps her work in Hong Kong, where she helps train a new generation of occupational therapists, that provides her with the most pleasure. At present there are more than 800 occupational therapists working in every sector of society.