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 and in 2020 our local OT Week will be held from 26 October to 1 November.
Last year we reflected on and promoted the value of occupational therapy. Out in the community, we often receive the question “What is occupational therapy?”, which is why we highlighted how occupational therapists work to support all people to engage in activities they find meaningful. Through the hashtag of #ThisIsOT, people shared stories from their occupational therapy journey, learnings to offer, team photos, information on their practice area, and why they love OT.
Together, we created a visual dictionary of occupational therapy in action—and we want to expand that even further in 2020.
OT Week 2020
Given the recent onset of droughts, bushfires, and the global pandemic, in 2020 our OT Week theme is: Resilience: Supporting our communities to rebuild, recover, and reengage. This year the event not only shines 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.
In 2020 we are hosting an interactive online event on 27 October. The event will feature a selection of thought leaders to discuss and promote resilience in our communities. The panel will be broadcast throughout the day, followed by breakout networking sessions where attendees can connect and discuss the concepts explored amongst each other and with prominent occupational therapists. Register here
In support of the resilience theme, we have professionally designed a poster which can be downloaded here. We encourage members to display the poster in offices, waiting rooms, classrooms and more to help promote the positive impact of occupational therapy in our communities.
How You Can Get Involved
- Share the OT Week 2020 graphics online or across social media
- Hang the OT Week poster in your office (either at home or at work)
- Browse our range of exclusive OT Week 2020 merchandise
- Join us online at the official OT Week 2020 event on 27 October
- Holding a local OT Week event?
- Email us with your event details to be included on the OTA website: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Start conversations with your communities about occupational therapy and fostering resilience through recent challenges
- Join the conversation on social media
- Share updates and photos and tag them with #ThisIsOT and #OTWeek2020
- After your local event, send your photos to email@example.com to be included in our OT Week 2020 wrap-up
OT Week 2020 Resources
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.