Book: Doing Our Best

OTA are Pleased to Announce a new book, titled:

Doing Our Best: Individual and Community Responses to Challenging Times  

A brutal bushfire season, ongoing drought, a pandemic that has so far lasted for more than two years, and once-in-100-year floods coming twice in a month: these are the challenging scenarios many Australians have lived through in recent years.   

As individuals, families and communities we’ve been forced to respond and adapt. This adaptation is far from over. 

So what can we learn from our individual and collective responses to challenging times? How have everyday Australians adapted? What did they do that enabled them to not just cope, but in some cases thrive against the odds? 

These are some of the questions explored in the stories of ‘Doing Our Best: Individual and Community Responses to Challenging Times’ - a new book from Occupational Therapy Australia. 

Drawing on diverse voices and experiences, the book showcases how our fellow Australians have come to add meaning to their lives during challenging times. 

The hard-cover coffee table book is now available to order for a limited time.

 Access to the digital version is complimentary for OTA members.

  • Sharon
    Teacher, NSW

    Doing Our Best is amazing. OTA have really captured a heartfelt collection of stories from a time in history that none of us have ever experienced before. It demonstrates the wonderful human spirit that is in all of us...I am hoping to read and discuss with my students

  • Associate Professor Carol McKinstry
    President, Occupational Therapy Australia

    We can dwell on the negative impacts of challenges or seek opportunities to improve and evolve. I know occupational therapists throughout the world will relate to these stories, finding inspiration from those overcoming hardship and adversity.

Want to learn more about Doing Our Best?

Professor Gail Whiteford, answers some common questions about the Doing Our Best book.

What is Doing Our Best about?
Why does having an occupation matter in challenging times?
Why should you purchase Doing Our Best?

Read How Leigh Experienced the 2021 Floods

Enter your details to learn how Leigh Kinsman, supported his community.

"I was proud to be part of a caring community, including other health professionals and volunteers. None of what I did was particularly hi-tech, complex or magical."

Available Now

Doing Our Best: Individual and Community Responses to Challenging Times in Australia will be available in hardcopy. To obtain your hardcopy, order now by clicking below. Stock is limited. 


  • 37 curated stories
  • Featuring authors from around Australia
  • Premium hard cover
  • 133 pages
  • Sustainably printed
  • Locally designed and printed

$22.50for hard copy

As part of OTA's 12 Days of Christmas, we're offering 50% off the book for limited time.
Excludes shipping

$15for digital copy

By Occupational Therapy Australia | Hardcover | April 2022

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