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My Health Record

Be Prepared for the Expansion of My Health Record This year, every Australian will get a My Health Record unless they tell us they don’t want one Based on independent research, individuals have told us that the most acceptable channel to receive information about the My Health Record is via their healthcare providers. We therefore […]

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ProQuest

WA Occupational Therapy Association membership now provides you with free online access to ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source Database. ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source provides users with journal access and reliable healthcare information covering allied health, nursing and complementary medicine. This database provides abstracting and indexing for more than 1,015 titles, with over 860 titles in full-text, plus […]

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Use of Specialist Titles

Use of Specialist Titles Section 117 of the National Law prohibits a practitioner from knowingly or recklessly taking or using any title that could be reasonably understood to create a belief that the practitioner is registered in a health profession or a division of a health profession in which the practitioner is not registered. Use […]

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CPD Template

Occupational Therapy Board of Australia The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia requires all registered Occupational Therapists to undertake continuing professional development as part of their registration. Information regarding these requirements can be found here: http://www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au/Codes-Guidelines/Continuing-professional-development.aspx OT Board Template Example – CPD Record OT Board Template – Completed Example – CPD Record

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Executive Report

Dear Members, The annual WAOTA Breakfast is fast approaching and preparations are well underway. We are excited that Dr Leanne Sakzewski who has over 30 years clinical and research experience will be our keynote speaker and present “Cerebral Palsy Clinical Research Partnerships over the Last Decade: Australian Occupational Therapists Impact on the Global Stage”. Dr […]

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What standards govern Occupational Therapy practice in Western Australia?

* The practice of Occupational Therapy in Australia is regulated and Occupational Therapists are required to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. http://www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx * Occupational Therapy Standards of Conduct and Practice, registration fees and other relevant information is available for download from http://www.waota.com.au/links-forms/national-registration-for-ots/ * World Federation of Occupational Therapists (www.wfot.org) * In addition to the above […]

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How are Occupational Therapists trained in Western Australia?

Practising Occupational Therapists in Western Australia are required to be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. For full information go to the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website. Occupational Therapists must have completed a minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy at a certified training institution. Occupational Therapists are trained in many disciplines, […]

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How much do Occupational Therapy services cost?

Fees for Occupational Therapy vary according to the type of setting and nature of intervention. Fees may be subsidised by government centres or covered by health insurance, motor vehicle or workers’ compensation insurance. (Please note: in the public health system there is often no fee charged directly to the recipient of Occupational Therapy services).

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Where can I find an Occupational Therapist?

A person may be referred to an Occupational Therapist by many means. The most common referrals are from a doctor (GP or specialist), or other health professional, friend, relative, or direct contact from a client. Occupational Therapists are often employed in the public sector, and individuals may receive Occupational Therapy services through hospitals, community centres, […]

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How do I find work as an Occupational Therapist in Western Australia if I trained overseas?

To work as an occupational therapist in Australia, you need to apply for and be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. You may also need to apply for a visa issued by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Australian Immigration Department). These two application processes are entirely separate and success in one does […]

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How do I find work as an Occupational Therapist in Western Australia?

In order to practice Occupational Therapy in Western Australia you need to qualify for and maintain annual registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia. Please find details on the Allied Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website. http://www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au/Registration.aspx Resources for finding a job, once registered include: * WA Occupational Therapy Association Website (Members Only Section includes both […]

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How can I find work experience or fieldwork placements in Western Australia?

Work experience in Occupational Therapy is very hard to come by, particularly due to the demands on Occupational Therapists to supervise Occupational Therapy students in fieldwork or practicals during the course of their degree. Needless to say, you may have success if you enquire of various Occupational Therapy Departments at workplaces who employ large numbers […]

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Where do Occupational Therapists work in Western Australia?

Occupational Therapists work with all age groups and in a wide range of physical and psychosocial settings. Occupational Therapists can be found working in a variety of different locations and situations, including: * Public & Private Hospitals * Mental Health Wards, Centres, Clinics and Hostels * Private Practice * Retirement & Nursing Homes * Schools […]

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How do I become an Occupational Therapist?

University Studies Occupational Therapists are required to have completed approved training in order to register and practice in Western Australia. Currently the required training includes a minimum of a four-year Bachelor Degree at university; although Occupational Therapists who trained many years ago or trained overseas may also register and practice if their training is recognised […]