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Putting the OT into RemOTe Work

For OT conference

Steph Maynard

on 12 September 2012

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Transcript of Putting the OT into RemOTe Work

Into RemOTe Work Putting the OT Objectives To share my reflections of how an occupational lens can be used in remote contexts to understand health and wellbeing
To discuss occupational justice in the context of youth living in remote Aboriginal communities in Cape York What is Occupational Justice? Humans are Occupational Beings Occupations are the practical means by which humans exert citizen empowerment, choice, and control
Occupational justice is concerned with economic, political and social forces that create equitable opportunity and the means to choose, organise and perform occupations that people find useful or meaningful in their environment. Occupational and Social Justice? Occupational justice appears to complement and extend understandings of social justice
Where social justice might address freedom to choose where and how to live, from an occupational perspective the underlying concerns is whether choices are available for all populations to experience meaning and enrichment as they participate in occupations Occupational Justice Occupational deprivation “a state of prolonged preclusion from engagement in occupations of necessity and/or meaning due to factors that stand outside the control of the individual”. Can be due to isolation Occupational alienation a prolonged experiences of disconnectedness, isolation, emptiness, lack of a sense of identity, a limited or confined expression of spirit, or a sense of meaninglessness. may be a community or population experience of spiritual emptiness or lack of positive identity World Federation of Occupational Therapists Position Statement on Human Rights People have the right to participate in a range of occupations that enable them to flourish, fulfill their potential and experience satisfaction in a way consistent with their culture and beliefs People have the right to be supported to participate in occupation, and, through engaging in occupation, to be included and valued as members of their family, community and society Global conditions that threaten the right to occupation include poverty, disease, social discrimination, displacement, natural and man-made disasters and armed conflict. Cape York context Young people living in remote places in the context of Occupational deprivation Culture Age-appropriate Disengagement School Family Peers Art Culture Community Elders Sports Fishing Hunting Dance = the opposite of meaningful participation Life trajectory Early occupational alienation can have a massive impact e.g. disengagement from school If young people are disengaged... From school, the community, and each other... How can they participate in their community or in the larger society? When occupationally deprived, having a legitimate voice in the community is difficult if not impossible. This is when non-legitimate occupations (crime, drugs, etc) can become attractive alternatives from an occupational standpoint And young people are not the only ones Communities that experience widespread occupational alienation Within a historical context Using an occupational lens... What are the occupational implications for... hunter-gatherer cultures
displaced people
stolen generations
ration based and welfare based economies Overview what is occupational justice? Reflections of occupational deprivation and alienation of young people Disengagement = the opposite of meaningful participation In context Young people Indigenous communities on where a young person is heading....
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