President's Message


Team Marilyn


Marilyn Pattison

Executive Liaison for: Asia Pacific

President’s Message for World Occupational Therapy Day 2019

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In 2010 WFOT established Occupational Therapy International Day as a strategy to have individuals involved in promoting the value and impact of the profession. This created so much interest that the WFOT World Occupational Therapy Day on October 27th was successfully established as the premier international event for the celebration and promotion of our globally significant profession. Again this year, WFOT is pleased to bring to you key activities and resources for the promotion and celebration of World Occupational Therapy Day 2019.

‘Improving World Health and Wellbeing’ is the theme for World Occupational Therapy Day 2019.

WFOT is the international voice of the occupational therapy profession globally. Our members include national organisations, regional groups, occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, and occupational therapy students. Our global community also includes occupational therapy education programmes, employers of occupational therapists, and of course our clients, families and communities. The WFOT Human Resources Project 2018 (at > Resource Centre) will inform and inspire you about the profile of occupational therapy around the world.

WFOT is an influential and informed organisation, making major contributions to Improving World Health and Wellbeing, particularly through its official collaboration with the World Health Organisation, and through the work of all our Member Organisations, and occupational therapists around the world. World Occupational Therapy Day is the opportunity to heighten the visibility of the profession’s work and to promote the activities of WFOT locally, nationally, and internationally.

World Occupational Therapy Day provides many opportunities to inform others about our unique profession, and how occupational therapy contributes to Improving World Health and Wellbeing. There are many ways to tell people about occupational therapy and World Occupational Therapy Day – social media, posters, displays at local retail areas or hospitals, writing articles for local and other print media, posting YouTube videos, and more. Tell your friends, local communities, clients and families, local governments and others about what we do as occupational therapists and the important impact that occupational therapy can have on the well-being of others.

Ideas and free resources for World Occupational Therapy Day 2019 activities can be found at The Guide to World Occupational Therapy Day presentation; a wide range of graphics and social media resources; an international online network (OTION at; and opportunities for volunteering in your community are all wonderful ways to promote and celebrate our profession. WFOT values the continued collaboration with international colleagues on making some of these events available.

Be inspired by reports of activities from around the globe on previous World Occupational Therapy Days at; including local events to influence policy makers and service providers; promotional activities to local health care management; and to the general community. Share information on your activities on social media, and check out WFOT social media to see what others are doing. Remember to use the hashtag #worldotday.

I am always inspired to see so many wonderful activities that are undertaken with such great enthusiasm. While WFOT has designated October 27th as ‘World Occupational Therapy Day’, many countries celebrate Occupational Therapy month or week in October, and I encourage all to integrate World Occupational Therapy Day with other national celebrations and promotions of the mission and goals of occupational therapy. This will help to increase the awareness of occupational therapists and society in general of the truly global impact of occupational therapy in Improving World Health and Wellbeing.

You Can Contribute to WFOT

Become an Individual Member

Become part of our global community and connect with thousands of occupational therapists around the world. Subscribing to WFOT as an Individual Member provides outstanding value for money in addition to supporting the critical work that is needed to represent and develop the profession at an international level.

To join WFOT as an Individual Member you should contact your national occupational therapy association.

Become a volunteer

See the exciting future plans for WFOT – view the WFOT Strategic Plan 2019 - 2024 at >Resource Centre

If you wish to contribute to the global work of WFOT, please contact the WFOT Delegate in your country – details are available at

WFOT is proud of the many World Occupational Therapy Day promotional and celebratory activities that happen in communities of occupational therapists, both large and small, in so many countries around the world. Please join the celebration with your local and global community of colleagues.

With best wishes for a successful World Occupational Therapy Day on October 27th

Marilyn Pattison