Occupational justice concepts as applied in occupational therapy practice

Dates de l'événementjeudi 29 février 2024
Heures de l'événement 17:00 - 18:00

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Occupational justice is an emerging and evolving concept within the field of occupational therapy as well as in some health professions.

Occupational justice refers to the affordances, opportunities, and possibilities given to people and groups to participate in everyday activities as part of survival, health, and wellbeing. Occupational therapists are recognized professionals to facilitate inclusive participation of all people without prejudice and to promote occupational justice considering people’s circumstances. In this session, we will be discussing how we can translate occupational justice concepts into tools of practice when working with people and groups as they navigate their everyday lives.

The goal of the session is as follows:

  1. Discuss the evolving concept of occupational justice from a developing world perspective.
  2. Introduce the Occupational Justice Health Questionnaire as a tool for practice in occupational therapy, disability work, and justice work.
  3. Share examples of how occupational justice concepts can be translated into practice application within and beyond occupational therapy.

The presentation will be in English. This conference can be followed online

Public cible

  • Enseignant·e·s
  • Ergothérapeutes
  • Etudiant·e·s
  • Professionnel·le·s de la santé
  • Professionnel·le·s du travail social
  • Toute personne intéressée
  • Sociologues


  • Droit
  • Éthique
  • Santé
  • Situations de handicaps, incapacités
  • Théories et modèles en ergothérapie


A propos de Michael Sy, Senior Researcher, ZHAW

Dr Michael Sy is an occupational therapist from the Philippines, an occupational scientist, and a health professions educator. Michael's research expertise range from occupational therapy in mental and community health, occupational justice, health social sciences, and to interprofessional education and practice.

Michael joined Zurich of University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) in 2023 and is actively working on research topics surrounding return to work of people who have post COVID condition using an occupational perspective, and most recently on topics related to social determinants of health and its impact on people's daily living, health, and wellbeing. Aside from teaching interprofessional education for the BSc students at ZHAW, he is largely involved in teaching, supervision, and examination of MSc OT students in the European Master of Science in Occupational Therapy program.
On top of his work at ZHAW, he is currently co-editing and authoring his first book entitled "Occupational therapy in the Philippines: theory, practice, and stories" to be published by Routledge in late 2024.

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Plan d'accès

The presentation will be recorded and launched on the event page the day after the conference.
Aperitif 6.00 – 7.00 pm


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Occupational justice concepts as applied in occupational therapy practice