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Whilst Hasselkus (2002, p. 42) stated that culture consists of ‘patterns of values, beliefs, symbols, perceptions and learnt behaviours shared by members of a group and passed on from one generation to another’. What is significant and valuable to a particular cultural group may not be shared by the majority population or wider society (Lim, 2006a). Culture is evolving and dynamic, and therefore assumptions made about any cultural group, and their responses, may alter with time (Awaad, 2003; Chaing & Carlson, 2003).
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Being an occupational therapist in mental health has never disappointed me. Despite the frustrations of different work settings and practices and constant changes there is something quite comforting about knowing my profession has a significant role to play in enhancing the lives of people who experience mental health difficulties. In preparing this chapter, I reflected on where I am today, my motivations and, in particular, my interest in policy and its influence over practice and the development of the profession.