OTs converge on 6th Annual Forum

More than 100 occupational therapists from a range of programs and campuses came together for Monash Health’s 6th Annual OT Forum, which celebrates excellence, innovation and research across the profession.

The forum provided an opportunity for occupational therapists to showcase their skills in quality improvement, evidence translation and research, and to disseminate and share their work in a conference setting.

A diverse range of topics were covered, including post-operative outcomes in our hand therapy service, the Complex Disability Liaison Service, and the prevention and management of pressure injuries. It was excellent to see such a large group of people come together to foster an appreciation for the research and quality improvement that occurs within our profession.

The forum was opened by our Chief Allied Health Officer, Michelle O’Rourke, and the keynote address was delivered by Dr Melanie Farlie from the Workforce Innovation, Strategy, Education and Research (WISER) unit, on the Allied Health Research Culture and Capability Assessment Survey.

Occupational Therapist Julie Dziura won the People’s Choice Award, presenting on her research project: “Allied Health Assistant’s completing Home Information Screens (Access Visit) to gain accurate information on patient’s home environment.”

Julie Dziura

Occupational Therapy is profession that is committed to promoting health and wellbeing by facilitating participation in occupations that provide rhythm and purpose in one’s life. Much of the work that we do is centred on evidence-based practice to ensure that we deliver the best quality care to all of our patients and remain up-to-date in advances within the profession and patient populations.