Professor Nathan Vytialingam is an occupational therapist who has been in practice for the last 42 years. He graduated from the British College of Occupational Therapists in 1976 and pursued his post-graduate studies in Australia, obtaining his post-graduate Diploma in Health Sciences in 1983 and Master’s in Applied Science (Health) in 1984 under a Kellogg Fellowship. He has worked in London, Singapore, Australia, and Malaysia in areas of rehabilitation specializing in Physical Rehabilitation. His area of interest is in age care especially in the areas on healthy aging.
He was instrumental in organizing 1st World Congress on Healthy Ageing in 2012, which has led to other countries organizing global conferences on healthy aging. The World Congress on Healthy Ageing is held once every three years, globally. He was instrumental in organising the 1stASEAN Conference on Healthy Ageing in Sarawak, Malaysia in 2017, which now will be held biannually in the region.
Currently, he is one of the advisors for Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) and Dean of the Perdana University School of Occupational Therapy (PUScOT). He was awarded an Honorary Fellowshipby the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) in Cape Town, South Africa in 2018. The Honorary Fellowship is regarded by WFOT as the highest functioning award for outstanding contributions and distinguished service to the profession of occupational therapy at a local and international level and he is the first to receive the award in the region.