19 October 2018
Question. . . “I would love to know if there is any work to be done here in Auckland. . .”
Answer: Resources shared in the response. . .
As a resettlement area, it may mark the end of a long period of uncertainty, but it also marks the beginning of many new challenges.
There are also hostels with asylum seekers who do not have the security of resettlement.
There will always be occupational rights to respect and defend, occupational needs to fulfil, and organisations trying to do big things on small budgets to ensure social and economic inclusion of new comers.
I was in Aukland a few years back for a UNHCR sponsored film screening of Mary Meets Mohommad and toured services with Aukland Refugee Council.
Have you built knowledge and connections with the local organisations working with displaced people? Start there. The needs and opportunities will soon come into view.
For example, work with the university so they can work with you in establishing practice placements in these organisations (e.g. Red Cross, Asylum Seeker Support Trust, ARMS etc)
Also build occupational therapy connections locally – Why not aim to host a ‘meet up’ aligned to one of the UN days such as International Day of Persons with Disability, or Human Rights day in December?
And build occupational therapy connections internationally – join #OOFRASchat each month for a practice focus. Some other ways of reaching out to fellow occupational therapists in New Zealand are listed on the contact page.
Addition: New Land, New Life: Long-Term Settlement of Refugees in New Zealand (2012) tracks long term settlement outcomes.
18 October 2018
Question: . . .’networking opportunities in Sydney, Australia. . .’
Answer: Resources shared in response. . .
Occuaptional Therapy Australia has a Refugee Settlement Special Interest Group (RS SIG) with 600+ OT Australia members on the mailing list.
If you’re looking to arrange a Sydney ‘meet up’, I suggest adding it to the agenda so that it can be disseminated through the minutes.
25 September 2018
Question: . . .”where would be a good place to start looking for opportunities”. . .
Answer: . . . Resources referenced
In Australia relevant jobs are listed on Seek, Ethical Jobs, and Settlement Council of Australia
Practice how to screening job listings and obtain position descriptions to further assess suitability.
The role doesn’t need to be titled occupational therapist. Outside the medical system, roles reflect their function and outcome, not their discipline. For example, this Position Description is for a Community Inclusion and Participation Officer.
On review there’s ample opportunity to create and enable occupational opportunities, and deploy skills commonly developed in other practice areas of occupational therapy.
6 September 2018
Question: . . .”resources related to OT services in Turkey and/or contacts to OT practitioners with this type of experience? . . .”
Answer: Response included the following links. . .
Turkey is a member of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT), so you can look up the local delegates
for information or advice about connecting with the OT profession in Turkey.
You might also like to reach out for networks in Turkey using the WFOT OTION
Keeping an eye on Turkey job listings on Relief Web
might be a useful orientation exercise in terms of connecting to the organisations on the ground (subscribing to news, job alerts, volunteering etc) and also the types of roles that an occupational therapist could work in (to shape the experiences you seek, and the development plan you need to prepare).