This ground-breaking text provides a comprehensive guide to the occupational therapy profession in Australia, from the profession’s role in the health care system to the broad scope and nature of its practice. 

The book is organised into three sections: the Australian context; professional issues and practice issues. Contributions from 80 Australian occupational therapists working in education, research, policy and practice bring together the most relevant and up-to-date information in this essential book. The authors begin the Australian environment section with an overview of the Australian health care system, a history of occupational therapy in Australia and the role of Australian occupational therapy professional associations and regulatory bodies. The values and philosophy of occupational therapy, ethical and legal aspects of practice and the role of occupational therapy in population health and health promotion are considered next. The professional issues covered in the book include using effective communication skills, client-centred practice principles and a strength-based approach when working with individuals, families, groups, communities, organisations and populations. Additional topics, including occupational science, the education of occupational therapists, research in occupational therapy, evidence-based practice clinical reasoning and occupational therapy models of practice, are also covered in the middle section of the book.

Occupational Therapy in Australia: Practice and Process Issues is established as the essential practice reference for students, practitioners and educators in Australia. This second edition has been revised and updated throughout and includes new chapters on communication skills, environmental aspects of occupational therapy practice and decolonising occupational therapy through a strength-based approach to practice.

part I|102 pages

The Australian context

chapter 1|11 pages

An introduction to occupational therapy in an Australian context

ByHelen Bourke-Taylor, Ted Brown, Stephen Isbel, Reinie Cordier, Louise Gustafsson

chapter 2|17 pages

Australia’s health and health care system

ByStephen Isbel, Maggie Jamieson, Craig Greber

chapter 3|19 pages

History of Australian occupational therapy

ByAnne Cusick, Rosalind Bye

chapter 4|11 pages

The role of occupational therapy professional associations and regulatory bodies in Australia

ByLynne Adamson, Rebecca Allen, Julie Brayshaw, Samantha Hunter, Adam Lo, Carol McKinstry, Anita Volkert

chapter 5|9 pages

The scope of practice of occupational therapists in Australia

Roles, responsibilities and relationships
ByKieran Broome, Ann Kennedy-Behr

chapter 6|10 pages

Values and philosophy of occupational therapy

ByAlison Wicks

chapter 7|9 pages

Ethical and legal responsibilities of occupational therapy practice

ByAngus Buchanan, Dave Parsons, Ben Milbourn

chapter 8|14 pages

Occupational therapy in population health and health promotion

ByCarolynne White, Kate Gledhill, Mong-Lin Yu

part II|123 pages

Professional issues

chapter 9|17 pages

Skills for effective communication in occupational therapy practice

ByLuke Robinson, Andrea Robinson, Annette Peart

chapter 10|8 pages

Working with clients

Client-centred practice
ByPriscilla Ennals, Ellie Fossey

chapter 11|13 pages

Decolonising occupational therapy through a strengths-based approach

ByJade Ryall, Tirritpa Ritchie, Corrine Butler, Ashleigh Ryan, Chontel Gibson

chapter 12|10 pages

Occupational science in Australia

ByMandy Stanley, Matthew Molineux, Gail Whiteford

chapter 13|14 pages

The education of occupational therapists in Australia

Academic and practice education
ByLouise Farnworth, Mary Kennedy-Jones, Mong-Lin Yu

chapter 14|16 pages

Research in occupational therapy

ByHelen Bourke-Taylor, Ted Brown, Lisa O’Brien

chapter 15|18 pages

Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy

ByReinie Cordier, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan

chapter 16|12 pages

Clinical reasoning in occupational therapy practice

ByJustin Scanlan, Jennie Brentnall, Carolyn Unsworth

chapter 17|13 pages

Occupational therapy models of practice

ByMerrill Turpin, Jenniffer García

part III|186 pages

Practice issues

chapter 18|15 pages

Fundamentals of occupational therapy

Understanding the environment
ByTammy Aplin, Emma Crawford, Desleigh de Jonge

chapter 19|14 pages

The occupational therapy practice process

ByLouise Gustafsson, Stephen Isbel, Alexandra Logan

chapter 20|12 pages

Core business

Task, activity and occupation analysis
ByLynette Mackenzie, Gjyn O’Toole, Louise Gustafsson

chapter 21|18 pages

Understanding human occupations

Self-care, productivity, leisure, play, education, sleep and social participation
ByTed Brown, Aislinn Lalor, Luke Robinson, Alana Hewitt

chapter 22|17 pages

The development of occupations across the lifespan

ByReinie Cordier, Annette Joosten, Kylie Wales, Lindy Clemson

chapter 23|19 pages

Occupational therapy practice contexts

ByAnnette Joosten, Susan Darzins, Geneviève Pépin, Natalie Roche, Liana Cahill, Rosamund Harrington

chapter 24|19 pages

Emerging professional practice areas

Focus on technology
ByMarina Ciccarelli, Claire Morrisby, Ian Cheok, Libby Callaway, Lisa O’Brien, Amy Barrett-Lennard

chapter 25|14 pages

Occupational therapy assessment

ByTed Brown, Helen Bourke-Taylor

chapter 26|11 pages

The role of occupational therapy in primary health care in Australia

ByAnnette Peart, Emma George, Kylie Vogt, Tahnee Elliot

chapter 27|15 pages

Occupational therapy practice in regional, rural and remote Australia

ByMonica Moran, Carol McKinstry, Michael Curtin

chapter 28|12 pages

Population and community occupational therapy practice and project management in Australia

ByLisa Knightbridge, Susan Gilbert-Hunt, Nerida Hyett

chapter 29|8 pages

Advocacy, promotion, leadership and entrepreneurship in the occupational therapy profession in Australia

ByMichelle Bissett, Dave Parsons, Angus Buchanan, Angela Berndt

chapter 30|10 pages

Looking forward

Occupational therapy in Australia’s future
ByTed Brown, Helen Bourke-Taylor, Stephen Isbel, Reinie Cordier, Louise Gustafsson