Occupational Therapy Week is an opportunity for our profession to celebrate and promote the many ways Occupational Therapy can help people at all stages of life to reach their potential. National Occupational Week is 21 – 27 October, coinciding with World Occupational Therapy Day on Sunday 27 October.
“In Occupational Therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do.” As such, Occupational Therapists enable people to participate in the occupations of everyday life – by enhancing or teaching new skills, adjusting the environment, or adjusting the occupation itself.
There are currently more than 225 Occupational Therapists working across Monash Health in a wide variety of roles and settings including Mental Health, Hand Therapy, Specialist Clinics, Paediatrics, Community, and Innovation and Quality.
There will be various local events across Monash Health to help celebrate and promote Occupational Therapy so please get involved, and get to know the Occupational Therapists in your team.
“We promote health and well-being by facilitating participation in occupations that provide a rhythm and purpose in life”
Monash Health Occupational Therapy, 2017.