Diversity is the hallmark of occupational therapy practice. Occupational therapists work with individuals, families, and groups to assist them to overcome the limitations and restrictions that are caused by illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of aging. They are employed in organisations and communities to address the barriers that prevent people’s participation in accessing their community in ways that impact on their health and wellbeing. Occupational therapist work with people of all ages, so long as they have an occupational performance issues related to engagement in productive, self-care or leisure activities.
The Monash University Department of Occupational Therapy is a world leader in the generation of knowledge about occupation, participation and wellbeing and its translation into occupation-focused practices, and an academic provider of choice for undergraduate and graduate-entry occupational therapy education that is socially responsive, community-focused, evidence-based and international in its outlook.
- The Department is committed to innovation and building evidence to inform the development of high quality curricula and professional practices that are responsive to the current and emerging occupational needs of clients, families, communities and populations
- The Department of Occupational Therapy works to address disability, disadvantage and marginalization experienced by people across the lifespan by building the skills and capacity of the profession and community, to advocate for social justice and occupation-related rights, enable participation, and promote health and well-being.
- The Department of Occupational Therapy collaborates in education and research with its professional, service and community partners, to inform policies and practices, as well as to ensure its graduates' capabilities and professional competencies are highly relevant to the workforce and responsive to community needs.
At Monash we strive to develop OT graduates who are:
- Occupation-focused, socially responsible, culturally respectful, and globally aware
- Critical, self-reflective, flexible and collaborative in their approach to their work
- Effective communicators, team members and ambassadors of an occupational perspective of health
- Able to critically appraise, apply and translate knowledge into practice
- Able to innovate, create and facilitate professional practice / knowledge development
- Committed to lifelong learning and advancement of the occupational therapy profession