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President’s Message



President’s Message - World OT Day 2015

WFOT will celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day on October 27th. This is our opportunity as a profession to make a concerted global effort to show the world the magnificent work we do. Furthermore it provides us an added opportunity to celebrate each other and our successes.

World Occupational Therapy Day was first launched on 27th October 2010. Since then, it has become an important date in the occupational therapy calendar to promote and celebrate the profession internationally.

World Occupational Therapy Day is one of the professions global activities that gives us an enormous sense of satisfaction and achievement when we see the huge variety of activities that happen around the world. The aim is that the WFOT World Occupational Therapy Day will be integrated with other national celebrations and promotions of the mission and goals of occupational therapy. Many countries hold occupational therapy week or month in October. If this does not fit with your country or time frame then individual events can be scheduled to suit any local time frames. This will help to increase the awareness of occupational therapists and society of the truly global impact of occupational therapy.

Over the past several years, some key activities and resources have become associated with World Occupational Therapy Day:

OT24VX which this year has a theme of “Being an Agent of Change” and is aimed not only at occupational therapists but at a larger general population – which is the true spirit of World Occupational Therapy Day.

OT Global Day of Service – your opportunity to volunteer community service for an individual or organisation.

Free Information and Resources

The WFOT provides a range of resources that you can utilise to help promote the event. Many of these items have been designed exclusively for World Occupational Therapy Day 2015 and they can be downloaded from Resource Centre > World OT Day:

Guide to World Occupational Therapy Day 2015 – A useful resource to help you plan and organise the event together with links to exclusive promotional offers.

World Occupational Therapy Day 2015 official logo free for you to download - available in five languages.

Desktop calendars for use as your computer wallpaper

Social Media Pack with artwork for Facebook and Twitter

Use World Occupational Therapy Day as an opportunity to fundraise to help WFOT support the development and provision of services internationally.

For details of World Occupational Therapy Day 27 October 2015, and examples of international activities undertaken in 2014, go to

We look forward to seeing our international celebrations being shared with our communities both through social media and in person.

With best wishes for a successful World Occupational Therapy Day

Marilyn Pattison

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