Medicine and Health

#OTandMe (all welcome to join)

The Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will host an ‘OT over Tea’ event to mark World Occupational Therapy day. The date also sees the launch of #OTandMe through social media platforms.

University College Cork’s Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy will host an ‘OT over Tea’ event to mark World Occupational Therapy day on Tuesday October 27th.

The date also sees the department launch a social media campaign entitled #OTandMe in which Occupational Therapists (OT’s) from across the world post a short video outlining what they are doing to mark World Occupational Therapy Day. The overall aim of this campaign is to clarify public perception as to what Occupational therapy (OT) is, its goals and the impact that it has on both individuals and communities.

OT is a client centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well-being through occupation which enables people to participate in the activities of everyday life. OT’s achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

The importance of OT was commented upon by UCC Quercus Scholar Joanne O’Riordan whilst in UCC’s College of Medicine and Health last week. Joanne remarked that “my relationship with OT has been invaluable in that it has allowed me to make an impact, feel important and worthwhile about myself. My Occupational Therapist was always there whenever I needed something, no matter how big or small it was.”

When asked if she had a message to practicing OT’s, Joanne stated that “Whilst it must be an incredibly challenging position, it must be above all else incredibly rewarding knowing that you’ve not only helped a person, but made a difference in somebody else’s life and allowed them to live a life to the best of their potential.”

Dr Eithne Hunt, Lecturer in the Department of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science comments that “OT over Tea is the perfect activity to celebrate World Occupational Therapy Day, as Occupational Therapy is all about the everyday activities or occupations that are part of people's lives. Illness, disability, ageing and lots of other barriers can prevent people from doing what it is they need, want and have to do. OT’s work with people to overcome any such barriers and enable people to participate fully as members of community and society. Being able to participate in daily activities to the best of one’s ability brings meaning to life and enhances well-being."

Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Medicine and Health
Time: 10:00am
Location: Jennings Gallery, Brookfield Health Science Complex
Target Audience: All Welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Gregory Higgins

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