Institute’s activity and scientific work started in 2019 and was announced during the 1st Rehabilitation Conference, organized by Metropolitan College during the same year.
Institute of Occupational Science and Rehabilitation is a Metropolitan College initiative, founded to support the interdisciplinary cooperation and research in Occupational Science, as well as, interventions in any type of Rehabilitation (biological and psychosocial).
The Occupational Science and Rehabilitation Institute promotes research and know-how in an effort to help people who live with any type of disability improve their life quality in terms of functionality and well-being. Thus, the Institute is equipped with prominent scientists and experienced academics and offers opportunities for development both to Metropolitan College teaching staff and students.
The Institute’s work is under the supervision of Metropolitan College’s Academic Council members and more precisely, Prof. Dinos Arcoumanis, Metropolitan College’s Academic Board Chairman and Professor Gail Whiteford Strategic Professor & Conjoint Chair, Allied Health and Community Wellbeing of the Charles Sturt University Australia and Metropolitan College’s Academic Board Member. Dr. Panagiotis Siaperas, Dean of Faculty of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, holds the role of Coordinator.
Since 2019, the Institute has been involved in various national and international research projects and collaborations:
- Development of the Rehabilitation Competency Framework of the World Health Organization. Translation and adaptation into the Greek Language with the support of the Greek Ministry of Health.
- Partner in Erasmus+ project “Erasmus +KA2 Strategic partnership (social inclusion for mental disability and leisure skills)”
- Team member of the Occupational Narratives project of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).
- Scientific supervision of the “LGBT+ Awareness and Good Practice Guidelines for Occupational Therapists manual” Greek edition of the Irish Association of Occupational Therapists.
- Two national and one international large scale research studies concerning the COVID-19 quarantine effects in adults and children everyday lives.
- One ongoing research study in collaboration with the University of Piraeus, Information Technology Department, on the Kinems platform and children’s readiness.
- A research protocol on the impact of Occupational Therapy in Neonatal Intensive care Unit, presented on October 2021 at the European Conference of Occupational Therapy.
- Research on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Pathological Avoidance.
Occupational Science is the science of everyday life. It is an academic field that focuses on the benefits of people’s social and physical activity (called “occupations”) and, also, their daily lives’ productivity levels. According to Occupational Science, engaging and working with occupations offers many ways to deal with global health concerns of the 21st century, promoting well-being and quality of life. Rehabilitation services are offered to citizens facing biological, physical activity, social and psychological issues that eliminate their participation in all kinds of activities and affect their quality of life.