Not so long ago I interviewed Linda Rylands, and occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Queensland in 2002. Linda’s personal experiences of travel to Japan, and also of going to an English-speaking overseas country and noticing vast cultural differences made her wonder what it would be like for refugees and asylum seekers who find themselves in a new country, possibly where they don’t speak the language.
In this video, Linda gives an account of her travel and her interest in the occupational opportunities for people in a new country.
Linda joined the group Occupational Opportunities For Refugees and Asylum Seekers (OOFRAS). OOFRAS is an organization of occupational therapists that advocate for refugees and asylum seekers, and raise awareness about the health and human rights of refugees and asylum seekers via lectures, tutorials, the media, training workshops, and by partnering with the professional organisation Occupational Therapy Australia.
Issues that a refugee might face in Australia include language and literacy barriers, using household appliances, using an ATM and using public transport. Day to day life skills that we take for granted. Click on the link to find out more about OOFRAS.
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