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

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

Creating and enabling occupational opportunities is the main tool that occupational therapists use to promote health, healing and human rights (WFOT, 2010). However to do this work with displaced people, occupational therapists face 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.

Networks are about relationships and reciprocity, so if you share OOFRAS Network goals, the only other criteria to join is being prepared to share your experiences and respond to other members.

You’re welcome to use the ‘Who’s Working Where’ directory. You’re invited to join the OOFRAS Network directory and map here.

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

Thanks for visiting. Before you leave today please consider giving feedback from any page by using the link in the side menu, thank you.

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

How to reference this website

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