OT Week 2020

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 hosted an interactive online event on 27 October, featuring a selection of thought leaders to discuss and promote resilience in our communities.

How You Celebrated #OTWeek2020

OT Week event in West Moreton, Ipswich, Queensland.

The Early Links OT team having fun at their OT Week event.

The University of Newcastle, Department of Rural Health, held its first face to face catch up to celebrate OT Week.

OTA's Panel Discussion, featuring A/Professor Carol McKinstry, Professor Lisa Gibbs, Dr Leanne Beagley and Dr Samantha Ashby.

Pam Samra and Hannah Terry on the sunny Gold Coast, representing Mental Health OT.

On The Road Again - Networking event for Driver Trained OTs.

Monash University marked World OT Day with over 90 staff, fieldwork partners and other collaborators and friends for an online celebration.

Lorrae Mynard highlighted guidance through COVID-19, available through the free resources 'Life Disrupted' and 'A New Normal'.

OT Week social BBQ and lawn games event in Whyalla, South Australia


Laura Fletcher and Miriam Hobson celebrating OT Week with the Northern Adelaide Local Health Network team at Lyell McEwin Hospital

OT Week feature in the Bendigo Advertiser, prepared by Lynne Cooper

OT Week Inter Hospital Department Hospital Bake Off (Fiona Stanley Hospital) with team winner Mel Grant

OT Week Inter Hospital Department Hospital Bake Off (Freemantle)

OT staff at Osborne Park Hospital, Perth. Anne Pressley led a presentation on ‘OT in a COVID-19 World’, followed by an accessible gingerbread house building competition

OT Week2020 celebration after the Flinders Uni Clinical Rehabilitation Course Advisory Group consultation at the Tonsley, Beford Campus

OT Week 2020 was celebrated at Flinders Uni with a gathering of more than 40 final year and recent graduates

Aidacare hosted two Assistive Technology Symposiums in Sydney on 27-28 October, with the OT Week themed cookies being a big hit.

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