Occupational Therapist: Junjing Fan
 What do you love most about being an occupational therapist?
Occupational therapy is the perfect match as a profession for me. It considers not only the physiological aspects, but also the psychological/emotional and spiritual well-being of the individual. It views people from a holistic point of view and considers the overall “occupational performance”/health outcome of the being. Instead of focusing merely on personal factors, occupational therapy draws the attention to different aspects such as the occupation itself (productivity, leisure, and self-care activities), and environmental factors that pose a challenge or act as a facilitator on one’s health performance. I truly believe that holistic integrated medicine is the future of healthcare and occupational therapy will become the pioneer workforce within our health care systems.

 Why did you go into your career as an occupational therapist?

I have always been into ‘helping professionals’. During orientation week for my bachelor’s degree, I became fascinated by the wide range of choices that you could work in as an occupational therapist, e.g. hand therapy, pediatrics, neurological rehabilitation, orthopedics etc., so I decided to give it a “fair go” (as Aussies would say) and started my career really knowing nothing about it.
 What does your job entail?
 ​At my current role as an occupational therapist at ELG, I focus on early intervention and school-based programs that help increase the child’s participation in important childhood occupations (as a student, sibling, daughter/son, peer, self-carer). These programs are designed to support learning and development within the context of children’s and families’ everyday activities and routines. Therapeutic strategies may include activities of daily living training (including dressing, eating, toileting, writing, scissoring, etc.), cognitive training (e.g. approaches targeting short attention span, learning difficulties, low failure tolerance or impulse control etc.), and sensory modulation and sensory motor integration skills. I actually just became certified in Manual Lymph Drainage Vodder techniques which can be successfully used for preventing and treating a variety of conditions, such as lymphedema/lipedema/phlebedema, traumatic edema (post-injury or operation, hematoma), Sudeck’s disease, hay fever, auto-immune illness, stress, constipation, just to name a few.