OT Week occurs every year on the last full week starting on a Sunday in October.
In 2013 OT Week will be staged from:
Sunday 20 October through to Saturday 26 October
If you have an idea for the 2013 theme for OT WEEK please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
In 2012 the OT Awareness Weeks theme was ‘Occupation: It’s what we do’ can help define what it is that occupational therapists do but also that the basis for our professional title [occupation] does not refer solely to work but to meaningful and purposeful activities in all aspects of life - ‘what we do’.
OT Week is a national initiative that seeks to promote the important role of occupational therapy in the community.
Occupational Therapy Australia, our members, hospitals, universities and community groups come together during OT Week to stage events and activities that illustrate the benefits of occupational therapy to the communities in which we operate.
What you can do
Promote the profession:
- to GPs
- the public
- young people, teachers, and careers advisors
- by running an event
- involve the media
How you can do it
Bright boards in popular office, hospital, school gathering places can feature the week’s events, posters, informati on postcards, images etc.
Wear Purple & Gold
Participants of OT Week can wear the purple OT ribbons to show support. Give OT ribbons to staff , pati ents or students. You can also wear purple or gold clothing on a designated day during OT Week.
Invite guest speakers to share fi rst-hand experiences during a breakfast or lunch at your workplace. Conduct displays using posters, pamphlets, tools or products.
Join with Occupational Therapy Australia to distribute media materials regarding the profession and practice of occupational therapy in order to gain coverage in relevant media vehicles throughout the week.
Bunnings promo-show [see below]
An Occupational Therapy Australia member in the Northern Territory came up with an idea to promote the profession to a wider audience with the added possible benefit of sponsorship for their next conference or other PD events.
The idea was to set up a stall advertising OT with the use of promo products such as balloons (kids love balloons) and also to go through the store picking out everyday items that are readily available in Bunnings stores Australia wide and showing the customers what is out there to help them.
We as OT’s would offer informal education (not consultations) to customers on topics such as joint protection and energy conservation through demonstration of the products and inform customers of the various OT services available in Darwin.
If you would like to do something similar at your local Bunnings store please click here for a template proposal letter to send to your local Bunnings or contact us for a list of Bunnings items that you can display at the OT Week Bunnings stall.
* If you have any questions setting up a stall outisde your practice we recommend you check with your insurance company.