New Zealand

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.

Networking in Sydney

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.
There is a meeting / webinar Wednesday next week (usually every second month) so log in and register!

Therapy in refugee camp settings

25 September 2018

Question: . . .“work in the humanitarian sector, specifically in venturing out to refugee camps and doing therapy there . . . ”

Answer: Resources shared in the response. . .

InternationalRelief Web is a good site curating organisations and jobs. For example, search for Handicap International (Humanity & Inclusion) to explore rehabilitation and technical advice positions for occupational therapists.

AustralianAusAid has skilled volunteer program to do assignments of occupational therapy work with refugee populations.

Professional development – developing practice beyond individualised treatment (e.g. coaching and developing others) and an understanding how to mainstream things like gender (e.g. managing gender based violence programs in humanitarian emergencies, a free online course by United Nations Population Fund).

 

Where to look for opportunities

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.

 

 

Finding people and info in Turkey

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 site.
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).