CELEBRATING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AT BASS COAST HEALTH

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Tuesday 23 October 2018
MEDIA RELEASE





 

CELEBRATING OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY AT BASS COAST HEALTH

 

Saturday 27th of October is World Occupational Therapy Day, which promotes and celebrates the work done by Occupational Therapists (OT’s) internationally. The theme chosen by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists this year is ‘Celebrating our global community’.   

 

World Occupational Therapy Day is held within OT Week, the theme for which this year is ‘Reach your potential’.

 

Occupational Therapy is a person-centred health profession that promotes health and wellbeing through occupation.  Its primary goal is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

 

OT’s do this by working with people to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support them.  OT’s work with people of all ages to enable them to participate in meaningful activity, both safely and as independently as possible.

 

Bass Coast Health (BCH) has a team of 13 very skilled OT’s in their Allied Health Department.  OT’s at BCH work within the acute and sub-acute inpatient settings at the Wonthaggi Hospital, as well as in community-based settings (Stirton Wing at Wonthaggi Hospital and the Phillip Island Health Hub at Cowes).

 

Sheree McClelland has been an inpatient in the Rehabilitation Ward at BCH for the past 9 months following a life-changing illness that resulted in a significant disability.  Sheree says, “The OT staff have really given me the confidence to integrate back into the community”.

 

For more information about Occupational Therapy services at Bass Coast Health, call 5671 3343.



Pictured above: Bass Coast Health sub-acute client Sheree McLelland practises her fine motor skills with Occupational Therapist Charles Davine.