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Welcome to the OT Library guide

La Trobe library has a wide range of resources that will help you with your studies in Occupational Therapy. Use this subject guide as a starting point to find relevant resources.
Click on the tabs at the top of the guide to navigate its contents.


Getting started

When looking for information - take the time to think carefully about the following:

  • Most importantly - Do you have a CLEAR and focussed research question? Very difficult to effectively search without one...
  • Are you clear about the scope of the task? How much information is required? e.g. Produce a 1000 word report? Give a 5 minute presentation? Conduct a systematic review?
  • What type of data or information will you need to find to complete the task? e.g. Broad? Specific? Statistics? Reviews? Visual? Specific level of evidence? Combination? etc
  • What kind of resources will provide the required data or information? e.g. Books (broad scope, foundation knowledge, definitions); Journal articles (narrow scope, specific, current)
  • How do you identify useful resources? Use the Library catalogue to identify which books, journals and audiovisual resources are in the collection. Use Databases to identify relevant journal articles.

Role of the Occupational Therapist

Occupational therapy is a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life.

Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation.

Occupational therapists have a broad education that equips them with skills and knowledge to work collaboratively with individuals or groups of people who have an impairment of body structure or function due to a health condition, and who experience barriers to participation.

Occupational therapists believe that participation can be supported or restricted by physical, social, attitudinal and legislative environments. Therefore, occupational therapy practice may be directed to changing aspects of the environment to enhance participation.

World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2004

OT Professional Sites

  • Occupational Therapy Australia - About OT
    An introduction to occupational therapy as a career
  • OT Australia - Victoria
    OT AUSTRALIA Victoria is the State professional association for occupational therapists. We provide member benefits through access to local professional support and resources and through opportunities to contribute to, and shape, professional excellence.
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapists
    The key international representative for Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy around the world and the official international organization for the promotion of occupational therapy.
  • Australasian Occupational Science Centre
    The Australasian Occupational Science Centre (AOSC) is a community education and research centre within the Australian Health Services Research Institute, at the University of Wollongong. It is located at the University's Shoalhaven Campus, in Nowra. AOSC is based on the premise of occupational science that people need to participate in purposeful occupation for their health and wellbeing.

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