President's Message


Team Marilyn


Marilyn Pattison

Executive Liaison for: Asia Pacific

Presidents Message - January 2020

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Welcome to 2020. I hope that you had a peaceful holiday period at the end of 2019, and are looking forward to all that 2020 holds.

WFOT regularly reported on our wide and varied activities undertaken during 2019 via many communication channels with members – the quarterly e-newsletter, the new WFOT website (News section), Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and emails. I encourage you to go to the WFOT website at and access all of these communication options that are available to members. You can also access our peer reviewed international journal - the WFOT Bulletin; and join the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION) online forum facility to communicate with colleagues around the world.

October 27th 2019 proved to be another very successful World Occupational Therapy Day. Celebratory activities were held all over the world, and were posted on social media platforms for all to see. WFOT was pleased to provide promotional material for use by members in their celebration of our wonderful profession. "Improving World Health and Wellbeing" was an inspirational theme for World Occupational Therapy Day 2019.

WFOT continues to represent and advocate for our profession internationally, with key organisations such as the World Health Organisation (WHO), and many other related international professional groups. We are focussed on delivering outcomes for occupational therapy, occupational therapists, our clients, vulnerable individuals and communities.

Outcomes from these activities included ensuring that occupational therapy perspectives were provided to international policy makers on a range of important issues:

  • rehabilitation - international indicators; services and education; interventions
  • products and product specifications for priority assistive products
  • health informatics; digital health
  • universal health coverage; emergency and trauma care; preventing overdiagnosis and overmedicalisation
  • public health; mental health; human rights; school-based services; immunization

WFOT is also committed to providing resources to members, to inform practice globally. Resources delivered in 2019 are available for free download from the website at

New Position Statements

· Occupational Therapy and Assistive Technology

· Occupational Therapy and Community-Centred Practice

· Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation

· Role of Professional Occupational Therapy Organisations in Monitoring Practice

· Occupational Therapy and Mental Health

· Occupational Therapy in Driving and Community Mobility

· Occupational Therapy in Obesity in Childhood and Adolescence

· Occupational Therapy and Human Rights (Revised)


· WFOT Resource Manual: Occupational Therapy for Displaced Persons

· Global indicators of assistive technology use amongst occupational therapists - Report of WFOT's Global Survey

· WFOT Development Paper – Results from the Assistive Technology Surveys 2017

WFOT is committed to supporting the profession in Member and other countries. Visits in China, UK, Ghana, Rwanda, and New Zealand provided opportunities for Executive team members to support these colleagues to promote the development of occupational therapy practice and education at government and local levels.

I hope that you agree that 2019 was again one of many great achievements for WFOT. I sincerely thank all who have supported and inspired WFOT. I look forward to building on these achievements and creating new opportunities for WFOT and the occupational therapy profession in 2020. I encourage you all also to be inspired, share in, and contribute to the WFOT excitement again in 2020.

With Best Wishes for a healthy, happy and successful 2020.

Marilyn Pattison President