Occupational Therapy in Australia

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Professional and Practice Issues

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.

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SKU: 9781760877446 - 88 Category: Ages: Adult Author: Ted Brown, Helen M. Bourke-Taylor, Stephen Isbel, Reinie Cordier, Louise Gustafsson Publisher: Routledge Page count: 448 Edition: 2nd Edition ISBN: 9781760877446 Publish date: 19th April, 2021

Product overview

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.


Table of Contents

Part I: The Australian context 

1. An introduction to occupational therapy in an Australian context

By Helen Bourke-Taylor, Ted Brown, Stephen Isbel, Reinie Cordier & Louise Gustafsson

2. Australia’s health and health care system

By Stephen Isbel, Maggie Jamieson, & Craig Greber

3. History of Australian occupational therapy

By Anne Cusick & Rosaline Bye

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

By Lynne Adamson, Rebecca Allen, Julie Brayshaw, Samantha Hunter, Adam Lo, Carol McKinstry, & Anita Volkert

5. The scope of practice of occupational therapists in Australia: roles, responsibilities, and relationships

By Kieran Broome & Ann Kennedy-Behr

6. Values and philosophy of occupational therapy

By Alison Wicks

7. Ethical and legal responsibilities of occupational therapy practice

By Angus Buchanan, Dave Parsons, & Ben Milbourn

8. Occupational therapy in population health and health promotion

By Carolynne White, Kate Gledhill & Mong-Lin Yu

Part II: Professional issues 

9. Skills for effective communication in occupational therapy practice

By Luke Robinson, Andrea Robinson & Annette Peart

10. Working with clients: client-centred practice

By Priscilla Ennals & Ellie Fossey

11. Decolonising occupational therapy through a strengths-based approach

By Jade Ryall, Tirritpa Ritchie, Corrine Butler, Ashleigh Ryan & Chontel Gibson

12. Occupational science in Australia

By Mandy Stanley, Matthew Molineux & Gail Whiteford

13. The education of occupational therapists in Australia: academic education and practice education

By Louise Farnworth, Mary Kennedy-Jones & Mong-Lin Yu

14. Research in occupational therapy

By Helen Bourke-Taylor, Ted Brown, & Lisa O’Brien

15. Evidence-based practice in occupational therapy

By Reinie Cordier & Sarah Wilkes-Gillan

16. Clinical reasoning in occupational therapy practice

By Justin Scanlan, Jennie Brentall & Carolyn Unsworth

17. Occupational therapy models of practice

By Merrill Turpin & Jenniffer Garcia

Part III: Practice issues 

18. Fundamentals of occupational therapy: understanding the environment

By Tammy Aplin, Emma Crawford & Desleigh de Jonge

19. The occupational therapy practice process

By Louise Gustafsson, Stephen Isbel & Alexandra Logan

20. Core business: task, activity and occupation analysis

By Lynette Mackenzie, Gjyn O’Toole & Louise Gustafsson

21. Understanding human occupations: self-care, productivity, leisure, play, education, sleep, and social participation

By Ted Brown, Aislinn Lalor, Luke Robinson, & Alana Hewitt

22. The development of occupations across the lifespan

By Reinie Cordier, Annette Joosten, Kylie Wales & Lindy Clemson

23. Occupational therapy practice contexts

By Annette Joosten, Susan Darzins, Geneviève Pépin, Natalie Roche, Liana Cahill & Rosamund Harrington

24. Emerging professional practice areas: focus on technology

By Marina Ciccarelli, Helen Bourke-Taylor, Claire Morrisby, Ian Cheok, Libby Callaway, Lisa O’Brien & Amy Barrett-Lennard

25. Occupational therapy assessment

By Ted Brown & Helen Bourke-Taylor

26. The role of occupational therapy in primary health care in Australia

By Annette Peart, Emma George, Kylie Vogt, & Tahnee Elliot

27. Occupational therapy practice in regional, rural & remote Australia

By Monica Moran, Carol McKinstry & Michael Curtin

28. Population and community occupational therapy practice and project management in Australia

By Lisa Knightbridge, Susan Gilbert-Hunt & Nerida Hyett

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

By Michelle Bissett, Sylvia Rodger, Dave Parsons, Angus Buchanan & Angela Berndt

30. Looking forward: occupational therapy in Australia’s future

By Ted Brown, Helen Bourke-Taylor, Stephen Isbel, Reinie Cordier & Louise Gustafsson




Ted Brown is Professor and Undergraduate Course Convenor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the School of Primary & Allied Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University—Peninsula Campus, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

Helen M. Bourke-Taylor is Associate Professor and Research Honours Course Coordinator in the Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Primary & Allied Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University—Peninsula Campus, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

Stephen Isbel is Associate Professor & Discipline Lead of Occupational Therapy in the Faculty of Health at the University of Canberra Hospital, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Reinie Cordier is Professor of Child Mental Health, Welfare and Wellbeing in the Department of Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom.

Louise Gustafsson is Professor of Occupational Therapy in the School of Allied Health Sciences and the Hopkins Centre, at Griffith University, Nathan Campus, Queensland, Australia.


Critics’ Reviews

“This is a text that will have many editions and document the evolution of the profession for decades to come.” – Professor Carolyn M. Baum, School of Medicine, Washington University in St. Louis, USA

“Truly a valuable resource for all Australian occupational therapy students and practitioners.” – Professor Jenny Ziviani, Children’s Allied Health Research, The University of Queensland, Australia

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