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President’s Message



President’s Message for 27 October 2014


“World Occupational Therapy Day” was first celebrated in 2010 and since then has grown to be the focus of many exciting promotional events around the world. The theme for World Occupational Therapy Day 2014 is “United in Diversity” aimed at promoting the impact of our profession at an individual, group, local, national and international level.

WFOT is pleased to make a wide range of promotional resources available to you for free download from the Resource Centre on this website, in addition to suggestions for activities you can use (big and small) to promote the profession:

• Banner adverts, cover art for Facebook and twitter, picbadges for you to download
• Official World Occupational Therapy Day poster for 2014 available in 5 languages
• How to write a press release
• 10 Digital promotional posters
• Human Resources Project 2014
• Maney Publishing offer 30 days of free access to their journals
• Global Day of Service opportunities
• WFOT is partnering with Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT) who organise and facilitate a free interactive learning event known as the “OT 24 hour Virtual Exchange” or OT24VX need to add the theme. The event will take place on the 3rd /4th November 2014. Go to,
• ‘Occupational Therapy International’ offers a free special issue for World Occupational Therapy Day and covers the topic of ‘Clinical Research in Occupational Therapy’
• The Australian Occupational Therapy Journal is pleased to offer you its free Writing for Publication Booklet.
• WFOT Members can enjoy a 20% discounted rate off Occupational Therapy books published by Wiley.
• Publisher CRC Press are offering 20% off their latest publication “Traumatic Brain Injury Rehabilitation – The Lefaivre Rainbow Effect”
• Promotional Materials Survey – read how WFOT Member Organisations promote occupational therapy in their own country.
• Position Statements endorsed by WFOT - 25 Positions Statements for use in informing your practice, representation to employers and governments, etc

Each year, WFOT receives reports on activities that were undertaken for World Occupational Therapy Day, ranging from conferences, booths in public places, to student flashdances. Please let us know what you did to celebrate and promote our profession.

View my World OT Day countdown message at

Best wishes for a successful World Occupational Therapy Day, 27 October 2014.

Marilyn Pattison

October 2014

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