Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.
Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation. Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by physical, social, attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice may be directed to changing aspects of the environment to enhance participation.
Occupational therapy is practised in a wide range of settings, including hospitals, health centres, homes, workplaces, schools, reform institutions and housing for seniors. Clients are actively involved in the therapeutic process, and outcomes of occupational therapy are diverse, client-driven and measured in terms of participation or satisfaction derived from participation.
To help identify occupational therapists whose skills and knowledge are current, Occupational Therapy Australia operates the Accredited Occupational Therapist Program (AccOT) which is open to all OTs, not just members of the professional association.
While all Australian occupational therapists may apply, only those therapists who meet the programs standards for professional development are accepted as an Accredited Occupational Therapist (AccOT).
Accredited Occupational Therapists are eligible to use the AccOT logo, and many include "AccOT" within their qualifications.
Com a colaboração: Occupational Therapy Australia