Celebrating Occupational Therapists across Monash Health

During National Occupational Therapy Week (Monday 24 October to Sunday 30 October), we celebrate occupational therapy (OT) and promote the many ways occupational therapists help all people to reach their potential.  

The theme this year is “OT, what it means to me” which provides OTs with the opportunity to reflect on their careers and enables the OT community to shine a spotlight on the care and professionalism OTs deliver to their clients.  

“Occupational Therapists play a critical role in helping people live life to its fullest,” says Jacinta Re, Interim General Manager of Allied Health. “Occupational Therapists ask ‘What matters to you most?’ They are leaders in what it truly means to be client centred. Occupational Therapists help turn the impossible into possible. I am so proud to work with such a dynamic and passionate team of professionals.” 

Occupational Therapists work with adults of all ages, children and families, who have physical, social or mental health needs. OTs can work across a wide range of settings and areas including acute hospitals, rehabilitation, community health, mental health, pain management, driving assessments, residential aged care, National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS), home modifications and equipment prescriptions – amongst other things. Occupational therapists work with people to identify their interests and goals, manage daily routines at home and in the community, modify daily tasks to make them easier to perform, and recommend activities to participate in.  

Occupational Therapists at Monash Health can expand their career pathway in different directions including clinical specialisation, leadership and management, research and education. The Occupational Therapists at Monash Health hold an OT Forum celebrating innovation, excellence and research during OT Week on World OT Day, Thursday 27 October 

This week we want to extend our heartfelt thanks and appreciation to all Occupational Therapists who make a huge impact on the lives of our patients, clients and families.  

You can find out more about National Occupational Therapy Week here. 

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