Occupation: a rights based approach to disability in the Pacific

Zeldenryk, Lynne, and Taylor, Dimity (2007) Occupation: a rights based approach to disability in the Pacific. In: Proceedings of the 9th Queensland State Occupational Therapy Conference, pp. 1-3. From: 9th Queensland State Occupational Therapy Conference, 21-22 September 2007, Yeppoon, QLD, Australia.

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Abstract

Currently many of our pacific neighbours are facing political turmoil. A growing body of evidence from the disability sector highlights the occupational issues these populations face as their countries evolve. With Australian aid focused on the Asia-Pacific region, this paper provides evidence of the need for occupational therapists to work within the Pacific, to assist with disability focused projects.

Findings will be presented in regards to the occupational issues faced by people with disabilities in the Pacific, in particular, issues of occupational justice and occupational deprivation. These issues will be referenced to the outcomes from numerous disability surveys that have recently been conducted. The authors will present findings from their involvement in The Tongan National Disability Identification Survey.

These findings provide evidence of occupational therapy’s unique role in identifying issues faced by people with disabilities in the Pacific. In particular, how occupational therapists have the potential to become leaders for change in a rights based approach to disability. Many of these issues are increasingly relevant to Australian health services.

Item ID: 9721
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Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2010 00:56
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl Physiotherapy) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920403 Disability and Functional Capacity @ 100%
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