Hello and welcome. This site is for occupational therapy practitioners responding to the occupational needs and rights of people displaced by war and persecution.

There are significant occupational consequences for each person forcibly displaced (WFOT, 2014). Each day one person is displaced almost every two seconds (UNHCR, 2018).

Creating and enabling occupational opportunities is a tool that can be used to unlock health, healing and human rights (WFOT, 2010).

Accepting a professional duty to respond to human displacement tasks us with how to translate this into our career with questions such as:

  • how can I get started?
  • how can I get work?
  • how can I make an impact?

These ‘how’ questions are the focus of this Occupational Therapy for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (OOFRAS) site because:

  • the paid work of practitioners is the linchpin for other types of professional contributions such as research, education, advocacy, and pro bono service,
  • the impact of the occupational therapy profession is largely proportional to the number of practitioners with teams, programs and organisations working in that field of practice, and
  • these ‘how questions’ have not yet been addressed in occupational therapy literature about human displacement.

Ultimately this site will have served it’s purpose to the extent that it helps you ‘do something, do more, do better’ (WHO, 2013) in our profession’s response to displaced people.

Your website suggestions and feedback are welcome and in the meantime, thanks for visiting today!

Clarissa Adriel

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United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). (2018). Figures at a glance. Statistical Yearbook 2016, 16th edition. Retrieved from: http://www.unhcr.org/en-au/figures-at-a-glance.html

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). (2010). Statement on Occupational Therapy. Retrieved from: http://www.wfot.org/Portals/0/PDF/STATEMENT%20ON%20OCCUPATIONAL%20THERAPY%20300811.pdf

World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). (2014). Human Displacement. Position Paper Revised. Retrieved from: http://www.wfot.org/resourcecentre.aspx

World Health Organisation (WHO). (2013). Review of social determinants and the health divide in the WHO European Region. Final report. Retrieved from: http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/health-policy/health-2020-the-european-policy-for-health-and-well-being/publications/2013/review-of-social-determinants-and-the-health-divide-in-the-who-european-region.-final-report

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Adriel, C. (2018). [Insert Page Name]. Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (OOFRAS). Retrieved [insert date], from: [insert page URL]