Activity: Participating in or organising an event › Participation in conference
Thinking outside the box: Considering the use of outdoor resources for practice
One of the founders of the discipline of occupational therapy, William Rush Dunton, proposed that ‘every individual should have at least two hobbies, one indoor and one outdoor’ (Dunton 1919, p10). Nearly a century later, this oft-neglected aspect of the profession’s credo is gaining widespread acceptance within healthcare, with evidence-based recommendations increasingly being made regarding the therapeutic value of green spaces (FPH 2010) and for the increased use of nature-based activities to facilitate health and well-being (Sempik et al 2010). Despite this, practitioners still tend to deliver the majority of their interventions indoors – especially within physical healthcare settings. This round table will provide the opportunity to explore the potential for more effective use of outdoor occupations as therapy; consider appropriate theoretical frameworks and outcome measures for such interventions; and discuss the unique role of occupational therapy in a developing Natural Health Service (FPH 2010).