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Interview mit Bogdana Mraković

Short info Bogdana Mraković

Bogdana Mraković is physiotherapist in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She tells about her experiences in her working life.

Interview “Working in foreign countries”

PHYSIOtalk: Where exactly do you work and what are your key activities?

Bogdana Mraković: I work in the Institute for the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation „Dr Miroslav Zotović“ in Banjaluka, which has a 100 years tradition in health services. The Institute is one of the regional leaders in rehabilitation of children and adult patients, with an average number of 1200 in- and outpatients daily.

“I work as a head physiotherapist of the Institute which employs 90 doctors, 180 physiotherapists, 180 nurses and many other health and allied professionals.”

PHYSIOtalk: How long have you been Physiotherapist and how long have you been working in your current job?

Bogdana Mraković: I work as physiotherapists for 27 years, while in the Institute I work for the last 17 years. As a clinician I was working in the fields of orthopedic and neurological rehabilitation. For the last five years I hold the position of the chief therapist in the Institute. Also, for the last three years I teach in the School for physiotherapists, my field is the clinical physiotherapy.

PHYSIOtalk: In which country did you do your education?

Bogdana Mraković: I graduated in 1989 in Croatia, on High Medical School, Zagreb University. With graduation (after 2 years of education) I obtained the status of high physiotherapist. Later on, I continued my formal education on the Faculty of Health Science, at the Paneuropean University ,,Apeiron“ Banjaluka and in 2011. I obtained the title of graduated physiotherapist with 240 ECTS.

PHYSIOtalk: How can you imagine this training or are there any differences to an education in Germany?

Bogdana Mraković: Presently, the education of physiotherapists in our country is following and is pretty harmonized with the European standards (180 or 240 ECTS). However, I think that we need to invest additional efforts to impove the practical education or better said clinical practice during the university education of physiotherapists.

PHYSIOtalk: What is in your country, the average salary of a beginner?

Bogdana Mraković: The average salary of a physiotherapist beginner is 450 euros.
PHYSIOtalk: What are your working hours?

Bogdana Mraković: As defined by law, the working week is 40 hours, which can be distributed throughout the working week, as negotiated with the employer.

PHYSIOtalk: What are your working conditions or is there a distinct difference to Germany?

Bogdana Mraković: The Institute „Dr Miroslav Zotović“ is one of the best rehabilitation facility in Balkans and the working conditions, including the favorable ratio patients / therapists is far above the average in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Still, from what I know and what I have seen during study visits and exchanges with colleagues, the main difference in e.g., working conditions for therapists in Germany is the legislation which allows both independent and private practice for physiotherapists and certainly, physiotherapists in Germany and EU are much better paid.

PHYSIOtalk: What do you love about your job?

Bogdana Mraković: The work with neurological patients is always a challenge for me. I do my job with lots of enthusiasm and passion.

“Also, I like the facts that thanks to the job I remained in a good shape, I kept my curiosity for learning and professional advancement.”

PHYSIOtalk: What do you think was your most important training in your life for your job?

Bogdana Mraković: I believe that most important educations were EBTA Bobath, PNF and Mulligan. Knowledge of all these approaches and techniques allows me a lot of creativity in my clinical work and possibility to design the best program or every individual patient. Also, I have the ability to transfer the new knowledge from the trainings into a day-to-day skills and enjoy sharing these with my colleagues.

PHYSIOtalk: What do you desire from your patients?

Bogdana Mraković: I desire and hope for good communication and partnership in the rehabilitation process. I consciously invest a lot of energy into developing a good cooperation and rapport with patients and families as these contribute to the best results in rehabilitation.

PHYSIOtalk: Does your country has associations and, if so, what are they?

Bogdana Mraković: In Bosnia and Herzegovina there are few professional associations, in part of the Country where I live (the Republic of Srpska) there is Association of Physiotherapists of the Republic of Srpska, established in 1998, and currently the Association has 550 members.

PHYSIOtalk: Are you a member of any association?

Bogdana Mraković: Yes, I am a member of the Association i just described and I was a President of the Association in the period 2001-2004.

PHYSIOtalk: How long do you think you can practice your job in the same form?

Bogdana Mraković: As stipulated by the law, workers have to retire either with 40 years of work or at age of 65. I hope I will be doing my job until I retire, and maybe to find some part time job in private practice later.

PHYSIOtalk: Do you use e-learning or visit any websites for your job?

Bogdana Mraković: I visit several websites, mostly the websites of centers which offer the continuing professional education and it helps me to keep abreast with novelties in my profession. I like exchanging experiences about various professional trainings with colleagues and teachers.

PHYSIOtalk: What is the most important thing for you as a physiotherapist and what would you like to have for your profession, if you had one wish?

Bogdana Mraković: For physiotherapists, I would like us achieve better professional status in the health care, so physiotherapists would have their regulating and licensing body, be able to work independently in physiotherapy and have better income and salaries. Also, I wish that more physiotherapists to have master and doctoral degrees so they could teach, not only a practice then also a theory in physiotherapy courses at university. Further on,

“I wish we were better in foreign languages, more open to the world and have more international cooperation and exchanges in fields of clinical practice, education and research.”

The PHYSIOtalk-Team would like to thank you for this very intersting interview,
wishes you all the best for the future and please stay healthy!

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