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An Occupational Perspective Of Health.


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ISBN 10: 1556423586 / ISBN 13: 9781556423581
Published by Slack Incorporated, Thorofare, NJ, 1998
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Title: An Occupational Perspective Of Health.

Publisher: Slack Incorporated, Thorofare, NJ

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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This landmark text, the only one of its kind, examines the relationship between occupation, health, and ill-health. An Occupational Perspective of Health evolved from extensive research of human history and covers topics such as biological basis of occupation, the evolution of occupation, an analysis of the genesis, and a global view of the potential of occupational therapists to work toward health for all. The central theme is the engagement in occupation as the basic biological mechanism for healthy survival. The author presents a new age view that places occupational therapy as the profession with the most potential to improve the health of communities through enabling an occupational perspective of health.

Special Features

  • Explores and defines the importance of occupation in life, biologically and socially.
  • Proposes ongoing development of intervention which is individually and community driven.
  • Critically analyzes occupational therapy development from a holistic health perspective.
  • Proposes a broad role for occupational therapists from the perspective of individual wellness and prevention of illness.
  • Proposes an occupational perspective of health in contrast to medical or social perspective.
  • Proposes a major role for occupational therapists in public health.

About the Author:

Ann A. Wilcock (née Ellison), PhD, BAppScOT, GradDipPH, FCOT, was born in the United Kingdom and was brought up in the Lake District. She graduated as an occupational therapist from the Derby School in 1961. She learned early of the need to think about the purpose of the profession because, in order to obtain some financial assistance for her training, at 16 years of age, she had to convince the Westmorland Education Authority of the merits of the profession, and the reason they should support her tertiary education in this field. No occupational therapists were employed in Westmorland at that time. After graduating, Ann worked at Black Notley Hospital and Farnham Park Rehabilitation Centre before going to live in Australia in 1964. There, she worked in large general hospitals in a variety of fields, including mental health, orthopedics, geriatric medicine, and neurology. After many years as a practitioner, she moved into the academic sphere eventually becoming Head of the School of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Australia in 1987. Her formal academic career culminated in her appointment to establish a new and innovative program as Professor of Occupational Science and Therapy at Deakin University. Other appointments have included Visiting Professor at Brunel University, London; Adjunct Professor at Dalhousie University, Canada, and Charles Sturt University, Australia; and Doctoral Supervisor at Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand. Ann’s research interests have spanned active aging; children’s occupational potential; physiological influences on occupational performance; occupational balance; well-being; the effect of neurological disorder on the human need for occupation; population health; and the relationship between occupation, health, illness, occupational therapy, and public health. The highlight of her career has been in encouraging the development of occupational science as an international and interdisciplinary force. As well as introducing occupational science to Australasia, she founded the Journal of Occupational Science in 1993, convened the first Australasian Occupational Science Symposium, and was elected as the Inaugural President of the International Society of Occupational Scientists (ISOS). Her personal direction within the science is exploration of the relationship between people’s occupational natures and health. This was firmly established as Ann undertook graduate studies in public health, and was the subject of her PhD thesis. She is the author of 5 books; the first 2 are about stroke Help Yourselves: A Handbook for Hemiplegics and Their Families in 1966 followed by Occupational Therapy Approaches to Stroke in 1986. The most recent Occupation for Health: A Journey from Self-Health to Prescription (2001) and the second volume, A Journey from Prescription to Self-Health (2002), were written when Ann was the commissioned historian for the British College and Association of Occupational Therapists. The first edition of this text, An Occupational Perspective of Health, was published by SLACK Incorporated in 1998. As well as numerous chapters and articles, Ann has delivered keynote addresses at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress in Montreal in 1998, and at other conferences in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, United Kingdom, Sweden, Portugal, Japan, Thailand, Hong Kong, and the United States. She is the recipient of a range of prestigious awards, internationally.

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