Leadership in Occupational Therapy – Using our Occupational Therapy skills to create engaging work environments

Dr Su Lowe
Brisbane/Sydney - 2018 Download event flier

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 (Su) Lowe PhD, MAppSc(OT) GradCertHlthSc(OT) is the successful owner and Principal Occupational Therapist at Skills for Kids. Su has extensive experience in the area of paediatric occupational therapy having worked within clinic and school settings for 25 years. She is passionate about establishing strong partnerships between teachers, parents and therapists, increasing children’s readiness for learning through ecological assessment, cognitive task analysis and intervention strategies (across academic, social and emotional domains); as well as developing resilience in vulnerable young people.

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. She is a highly qualified conference presenter, combining her practical experience with extensive research; and provision of practical strategies through lived experience. Susan regularly teaches internationally and domestically; as well as providing mentoring support for therapists.

Within her private practice/mentoring, Su aims to provide leadership which builds a positive culture, enables team members to embrace constant and forward moving change and guides team members to maintain satisfaction in their workplace within their professional practice, clinical education and personal well-being.  Her areas of clinical interest include mentoring and learning partnerships for occupational therapists enabling therapists to work in challenging contexts; build strong partnerships with industry/community (families); and develop clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills.

Expressions of Interest for this workshop are now being sort. Please contact Zi Mei Events via info@zimei.com.au  or (07) 3358 3689 to register your interest.