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President’s Message


President’s Message for World OT Day 2017

World Occupational Therapy Day on October 27th is well established as the premier international event for the celebration and promotion of our wonderful profession. Again this year, WFOT is pleased to promote key activities and resources for the promotion and celebration of World Occupational Therapy Day 2017 - I urge you to make use of these opportunities, and I thank all colleagues and sponsors who have supported their development.

‘Inform Inspire Influence’ is the theme for World Occupational Therapy Day 2017


World Occupational Therapy Day provides many opportunities to inform others about our unique profession. There are many ways to tell people about occupational therapy and World Occupational Therapy Day – social media, posters, displays at local retail areas or hospitals, writing articles for local and other print media, posting YouTube videos, and more. Tell your friends, local communities, clients and families, local governments and others about what we do as occupational therapists and the important impact that occupational therapy can have on the well-being of others.


It is always inspiring to see so many wonderful activities that are undertaken with such great enthusiasm. Many countries celebrate Occupational Therapy month or week in October, and since 2010, WFOT has designated October 27th as ‘World Occupational Therapy Day’, which can be integrated with other national celebrations and promotions of the mission and goals of occupational therapy. This helps to increase the awareness of occupational therapists and society in general of the truly global impact of occupational therapy.

You too can be inspired – see examples of celebrations from previous World Occupational Therapy Days at


WFOT is the international voice of the occupational therapy profession which globally comprises of 92 national occupational therapy professional organisations. World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s development work and to promote the activities of WFOT locally, nationally, and internationally.

At the international level, WFOT’s collaborative work with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the United Nations (UN), provides significant opportunities to influence projects, programmes and literature to include the occupational therapy perspective. See more at

At the national level, your WFOT Member Organisation works to influence the policies of national governments. 

At the local level, you can use World Occupational Therapy Day as an opportunity to influence local policy makers and service providers. Invite a local politician to your occupational therapy department; send a promotional letter to your local councillors or local political leaders; have a meeting with the head of your local health care management – tell them about the benefits of occupational therapy.


Please consider using World Occupational Therapy Day as an opportunity to fundraise to help WFOT support the ongoing development and implementation of the profession internationally. Donations would be gratefully accepted at the dedicated WFOT Fundraising Portal

WFOT is proud of the many World Occupational Therapy Day promotional and celebratory activities that happen in communities of occupational therapists, both large and small, in so many countries around the world. Please join the celebration with your local and global community of colleagues.

With best wishes for a successful World Occupational Therapy Day on October 27th

Marilyn Pattison

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