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Sheila Purves specializes in Rehabilitation. She was Director of International and China Division of the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (HKSR). Ms Purves has been dedicated to teaching and promoting modern rehabilitation in mainland China and Hong Kong on behalf of the Hong Kong Society for Rehabilitation (HKSR) since 1983. Under her leadership, the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Centre for Rehabilitation in Hong Kong has developed training programmes in community-based rehabilitation now implemented across the nation. Many of her more than 20,000 students have become influential clinicians, teachers, researchers and leaders in China’s rehabilitation field. After the Sichuan earthquake in 2008, Ms Purves led teams of volunteers to support acute rehabilitation efforts, and worked with local organisations to set up a community-based rehabilitation resource centre for the earthquake zone. Many of the Ministry of Health’s rehabilitation teams sent to Sichuan were headed by graduates from Ms Purves’s training programmes. She has undertaken consulting assignments for various international, national and local organisations, including the WHO, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and Hong Kong’s Kadoorie Charitable Foundation. Ms Purves earned a Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation at the University of British Columbia in 1979, and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Boston University in 1996. She is licensed as both an Occupational Therapist (OT) and a Physical Therapist (PT).