During OT Week we celebrate occupational therapy and promote the many ways occupational therapists help all people to reach their potential. OT Week coincides with World Occupational Therapy Day on 27 October.
Given the onset of droughts, bushfires, and the global pandemic, in 2020 our OT Week theme was: Resilience: Supporting our communities to rebuild, recover, and reengage. The event not only shined a spotlight on the value of occupational therapy in our communities, but also serves as a call to arms to support those hardest hit.
In supporting people to participate in activities they find meaningful, occupational therapists are vital in helping our communities through disaster recovery. As disaster survivors reengage in disrupted occupations (such as daily routines, activities and employment), they can better cope with stress and be supported through their recovery.
Browse our OT Week 2020 photo highlights here.
How can occupational therapy help me?
Occupational therapists work with adults of all ages, children and families, who have physical, social or mental health needs. OTs can assist with rehabilitation, pain management, driving assessments, support in schools, home modifications and equipment prescriptions amongst other things. Occupational therapists can work with you to identify interests and goals, manage daily routines at home and in the community, modify daily tasks to make them easier to perform, and recommend activities you can participate in.
Occupational therapists work across a whole range of settings. Some of these include:
- Public and private hospitals
- Medical rehabilitation units
- Your local community health centre
- Occupational health centres
- Home care services
- Retirement homes
- Psychiatric clinics, hostels and hospitals
- Vocational rehabilitation clinics
- Tertiary education centres
- Independent living centres
- Private practice
- Schools, pharmacy and industry
To learn more about how occupational therapy might be able to help you, visit aboutoccupationaltherapy.com.au.