Occupational therapy enables people to participate in activities they find meaningful. These activities include taking care of oneself (and others), working, volunteering, and participating in hobbies, interests and social events. When life changes suddenly due to accident or illness, it is often the skills of an occupational therapist that brings some normality back to our lives.
Lynne Cooper, occupational therapist at Bendigo Regional Occupational Therapy said it was appropriate that we should acknowledge the importance of the profession given the devastation of bushfires and COVID-19.
"It is also relevant for anyone who has to face a major challenge in their lives," Ms Cooper said.
From acute illness to chronic disability or a traumatic event forces us to consider how we can manage into the future.
"Daily occupations we may have taken for granted could become difficult. An occupational therapist will help the person to recover, rebuild and re-engage. And once again life can be a positive journey.
"Since my graduation, I have seen enormous changes in the profession. Occupational therapy has expanded to become a vital component in the field of health sciences. The Bendigo Regional Occupational Therapy award, given through Latrobe University Bendigo campus, gives me a way of contributing back to my profession and encouraging some of our future leaders."