Victoria Park Function Centre, 223 Herston Rd, Herston, Qld, 4006, Australia
  • October 19, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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Leadership in Occupational Therapy

Using our Occupational Therapy skills to create engaging work environments

Occupational Therapists are concerned with the occupational nature of humans, and the  ability to enable people to optimally engage in meaningful roles, routines and tasks in their daily environments (OPM), including work environments. Occupational therapists strive to optimise occupational performance by creating a “good fit” in the interactions between the person, their occupation/role/task and their environment (PEO).

Optimal employee engagement/occupational performance in the workplace encompasses more than the ability of employees or staff to complete routines or tasks. It also includes the employee’s competence in performing their roles, their satisfaction in that performance and a sense of their own well-being. It requires an approach that results in right environment that encourages employees to be committed to the organisations goals and values, and be motivated to the organisation’s success.

Occupational Therapist are well-placed to use their knowledge of occupation, occupational performance and occupational performance environments to effectively lead and shape their organisations.  This workshop will assist OT leaders to have an overview of how they can utilise contemporary OT theory to create engaging workplaces and develop a successful leadership relationship where employees are actively engaged, have positive attitudes/behaviours, are great advocates of their organisation, and are inspired to utilise more of their capability (ie knowledge, skills, innovation).


At the end of this workshop, participants will have an overview of how to:

  • Utilise OT theory to support the leadership role
  • define the role and behaviours of good team leaders
  • explore relevant leadership styles
  • Build optimal occupational performance in staff
  • the role for coaching and mentoring
  • keep staff engaged and motivated
  • Maintain engaging work environments
  • build positive team culture/relationships
  • facilitate adaption and change in teams

This one day workshop is suitable for occupational therapists.  Arrival tea/coffee, morning/afternoon tea and lunch provided.

About the Presenter

Dr Susan Lowe PhD, MAppSc(OT) GradCertHlthSc(OT) is the Principal Occupational Therapist and owner of a thriving private practice Skills for Kids. Susan has utilised her extensive occupational therapy experience (> 25 years) to develop and maintain a successful private practice.  She has a passion for establishing strong mentoring/learning partnerships with her staff, and also provides mentoring to external therapist to assist them to maintain satisfaction with their professional practice and personal well-being in their workplace.

Susan is a highly qualified presenter, combining her practical experience with extensive research. She also teaches at international programmes.  Susan has completed a PhD focusing on ‘Cognitive Strategies and School Participation for Students with Learning Difficulties’ and co-authored the PRPP@SCHOOL Teacher Questionnaire and PRPP@HOME Parent Questionnaire.

Event Location


Victoria Park Function Centre, 223 Herston Rd, Herston, Qld, 4006, Australia


Transport: Victoria Park Function Centre is well serviced by public transport.

  • Bus – 450m from  Inner Northern Busway (Herston bus stop).
  • Rail – 2km (approx 30 min walk) from Fortitude Valley Railway Station. Information re timetables can be obtained from Translink on 13 12 30 or .
  • Airport – Victoria Park Function Centre is a short commute from Brisbane airport. Approximately 15kms (30 mins). It maybe possible to do an early fly in on the first day of the workshop and out on the final day of the workshop. Approximate taxi fare $40-50.


Parking: Parking at Victoria Park Function Centre is free of charge. There are 250 complimentary car parks available to guests.


Accommodation: Victoria Park Function Centre is a short commute from many accommodation options within the Brisbane CBD and Southbank Precincts. Accommodation Suggestions