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.
The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (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.
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.
There are many ways to promote and celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day 2017. The theme for this year is “Inform Inspire Influence.”
The WFOT is providing 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 2017 and they can be downloaded from Resource Centre > World O Day from 30 August 2017. These resources will include:
This year's OT Virtual Exchange (#OTVx17) will be held on October 27, 2017 and will be using the World Occupational Therapy Day theme: Inform, Inspire and Influence. We will have a different approach than previous years.
This year the OTVx will be an 8-hour interactive online conference with invited speakers including Handicap International who will discuss conflict and emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO) discussing the Assistive Technology/GATE Programme; two keynote speakers, Marleen van Doesburg-Kaijen and Claire Craig from the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) Annual Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia and our WFOT President, Marilyn Pattison.
Here is a preliminary OTVx17 schedule in UTC/GMT with links to the virtual rooms (TinyURL):
Topic & Speaker
Meet & Greet - catch up with online friends
Recording is not available for this session
Welcome - Launch OTVx17
Social Media - WFOT Executive Project Team
Anita Hamilton - WFOT Executive Project Team
Using Social Media to leverage and protect the OT brand
doing: a powerful way of learning; Keynote by Marleen van Doesburg-Kaijen
Where OT meets IT: harnessing the potential of digital technologies to promote health and wellbeing; Keynote by Claire Craig
ENOTHE Keynote by Claire Craig
Recording not yet available
Conflict and Emergencies (Handicap International)
WFOT Congress 2018 and Occupational Therapy in South Africa
Lana van Niekerk and colleagues
Global Cooperation for Assistive Technology
(World Health Organization)
Opportunities to Enhance Occupational Therapists' Wheelchair Service Provision Knowledge & Skills (International Society of Wheelchair Professionals
Keynote by WFOT President, Marilyn Pattison
Future Plans and Possibilities for World Occupational Therapy Day and Vx: Share your thoughts:
Note: If/When recordings of Session 3 and 4 (Keynote Addresses from ENOTHE 2017) are available, links to the recordings will be added.
The OT 24-hour Virtual Exchange (OT24VX) started in 2010 and has been held each year to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day. It has been organized and run by Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT), a small group of occupational therapists from the United States, Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom; who are passionate about using online technology to advance entry level education, continuing professional development, research,
We are proud to be transitioning OT24Vx to becoming OTVx in 2017 and look forward to continuing to support knowledge transfer activities using online technologies in collaboration with the WFOT for occupational therapy practitioners and students around the globe. #OTVX17 is this year’s
official Vx hashtag
Thanks to our University supporters Eastern Washington University, Boston University and USC.
WFOT is partnering with www.promotingot.org to support the OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS).
The OT Global Day of Service (OTGDS) will take place on Thursday 27th October 2017.
Who can participate?
Occupational therapy practitioners and students who would like to volunteer community service to an individual or organisation.
Who will benefit?
Everyone who receives volunteered community service benefits by the generosity of the participating occupational therapy practitioners and students.
How can I help?
Service is not always about direct action—it can be providing free professional, creative and organisational services which can have an equally profound effect on the programs and causes that need your help. Basically, when you engage in an unpaid activity intended to benefit others, that is service.
What kinds of things can I do?
A list of examples can be found via this link http://promotingot.org/global-day-of-service-how-can-i-he
How do I sign up to promote?
Where do I register?Follow this link to the registration page.
Where do I complete the post-event survey?After completing your service, follow this link to tell us about it:
We ask you to consider ways in which you can help the WFOT support the development and provision of services internationally.
Many people may not know that the WFOT delegates and the WFOT Executive are volunteers and give their time and expertise at no cost to the organisation.
The WFOT is currently funded through subscriptions from national associations and individual members. On many occasions the 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. Your contributions will assist the development of the profession internationally. Please consider fundraising for the WFOT. Payments can be made by credit/debit card and PayPal via this dedicated link http://tinyurl.com/WFOTDonation
All donations received incur a 12% + $0.40 levy to cover banking and administrative costs. Categories covered by the donations include; grants, translation, education consultations and scholarships. Award recipients must meet the stated obligations and are subject to its restrictions.
Be Inspired - World Occupational Therapy Day 2016 Activities Summary
Celebrations were held around the world and on social media to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day 2016. Examples of how people promoted the global profile of the profession are presented in the document below.
Read the World OT Day 2016 Roundup (PDF)
Read the World OT Day 2016 President's Message
More information coming soon.