Practice Development

We are fostering a global quality of practice that is relevant and sensitive to context and culture.

The Practice Development programme was created to support and provide resources for the large number of occupational therapists working in established and emerging areas practice. The programme area lead projects on evidence-informed, collaborative, interdisciplinary practice to move the profession forward in addition to working with many of the World Health Organization priorities.

The Practice Development programme promotes competent, ethical occupational therapy, which is inclusive, sensitive to local culture context and human rights. It maintains and enriches existing areas of excellence in occupational therapy practice and is pro-active in promoting evidence-informed, collaborative emerging areas of practice. The programme area ensures continued relevance of minimum competencies for occupational therapy practice.

An overview of Practice Development projects:

A project plan is in progress developing a comprehensive, conceptually coherent overview regarding work and occupational therapy.

WFOT Position Statements are being developed on Role of Professional Organisations in Monitoring Practice, Occupational Therapy in Driving and Community Mobility, Occupational Therapy and Dysphasia, Role of occupational therapy in rehabilitation, Relationship between professional associations and regulatory boards, Role of occupational therapy in childhood obesity, Role of occupational therapy and musculoskeletal health, Community centered practice and occupational therapy.

A Master Project Plan is in progress to define an international set of valid and reliable indicators that describe quality occupational therapy in an interdisciplinary practice context

A Master Project Plan is in progress describing how the WFOT can support the priorities areas for action in World Health Organization’s World Reports on Disability and Health & Ageing

Manages the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) - the online platform for occupational therapy communities to interact in that provides a high level of quality of knowledge, resources and skills.

Programme Coordinator Practice Development

Team Sandra

Practice Development

Sandra Bressler


Practice Development FAQs

WFOT does not regulate national salary rates – this information is available from Member Organisations.

WFOT has developed an Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) with the goal of providing an online resource for the international occupational therapy community through this on-line forum. This forum provides the opportunity to participate in discussion topics related to occupational therapy practice areas and interact with international colleagues, with a moderator for each topic as a resource.