OZ OT EBP 21C: Australian occupational therapy, evidence-based practice and the 21st century
Occupational therapy in Australia is entering the 21st century as a dynamic and growing profession. The adoption of evidence-based practice is an important feature to ensure the profession's continued success. There are also other issues evident in Australian occupational therapy today that need to be considered to ensure the profession's continued growth. These are: the terminology that is and could be used in occupational therapy; the possibility of 'collateral damage' to occupational therapy concepts and processes if deterministic elements of evidence-based practice predominate; and the importance of making explicit our national position on occupational therapy core concepts and processes. Regarding the latter, the author proposes that this position is best described as 'finding unity in diversity'. This position reflects the national heritage, character and social/health priorities facing Australian occupational therapy. The implications of these issues are explored.