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President’s Message


President's Message - World Occupational Therapy Day 2018

Since 2010, the WFOT World Occupational Therapy Day on October 27th has been successfully established as the premier international event for the celebration and promotion of our globally significant profession. Again this year, WFOT is pleased to bring to you key activities and resources for the promotion and celebration of World Occupational Therapy Day 2018.

‘Celebrating our global community’ is the theme for World Occupational Therapy Day 2018.Our global community is growing - WFOT is the international voice of the occupational therapy profession globally, and now comprises of 101 national occupational therapy professional organisations. Our members include national organisations, regional groups, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. Our global community also includes occupational therapy education programmes, employers of occupational therapists, and of course our clients, families and communities. The WFOT Human Resources Project 2018 (at > Resource Centre) will inform and inspire you about the profile of occupational therapy around the world.

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. WFOT is an influential, informed, and vibrant international community – let’s celebrate this on our World Occupational Therapy Day.

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.

Be inspired by reports of activities from around the globe on previous World Occupational Therapy Days, also at; including local events to influence  policy makers and service providers; promotional activities to local health care management; and to the general community.I am always inspired to see so many wonderful activities that are undertaken with such great enthusiasm.  While WFOT has designated October 27th as ‘World Occupational Therapy Day’, many countries celebrate Occupational Therapy month or week in October, and I encourage all to integrate World Occupational Therapy Day 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 Can Contribute to WFOT

Become an Individual Member

Become part of our global community and connect with thousands of occupational therapists around the world.  Subscribing to WFOT as an Individual Member provides outstanding value for money in addition to supporting the critical work that is needed to represent and develop the profession at an international level. 

To join WFOT as an Individual Member you should contact your national occupational therapy association. 

Become a volunteer

See the exciting future plans for WFOT – view the WFOT Strategic Plan 2019 - 2024 at >Resource Centre

If you wish to contribute to the global work of WFOT, please contact the WFOT Delegate in your country – details are available at

Fundraise and donate to the WFOT

Many people may not know that WFOT delegates and the WFOT Executive are volunteers and give their time and expertise at no cost to the organisation. WFOT is currently funded through subscriptions from national associations and individual members. 

On many occasions WFOT is asked for assistance and it does not have the resources to respond or the assistance that can be provided is limited due to lack of funding.

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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