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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, April has been a month of review. Due to members attendance at the Annual General Meeting, we had the numbers for a quorum, members were able to vote on and pass the 2017 AGM meeting minutes, 2017’s President’s and Treasury reports, and the revised WAOTA Constitution. During the past year, the Association has […]

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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 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 […]

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What is Occupational Therapy?

An Occupational Therapist is a university-trained health professional. Their role is to maximise a client’s independence, safety and quality of life by minimising the impact of the client’s impairments and building on their strengths and skills. This is done by assessing and addressing the barriers raised by disease, injury, development and ageing. OTs often use […]

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What is an Occupational Therapist?

Occupational Therapists are health professionals who assist people to overcome difficulties or limitations in their daily life. These difficulties may be caused through accident or injury, through disease or illness, psychological or emotional difficulties, developmental delay or the effects of ageing. These problems can be physical, cognitive, perceptual or psychological in nature. Occupational Therapists work […]

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Home Modifications – Complex

Title: Home Modifications – Complex Location: St Catherines College, Nedlands, WA. Link out: Click here Description: The two day complex course will include complex bathrooms for conceptual designs, major ramps and lift considerations and kitchen design. Participants can attend the two day complex course only if the basic course has already been completed or they […]

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Home Modifications – Basic

Title: Home Modifications – BasicLocation: St Catherine College – NedlandsLink out: Click hereDescription: The two day basic workshop is specifically targeted to therapists new to the area and will include: Theories behind practice, anthropometrical measurement for design, basic grab rail and handrail installation, step design and minor ramping, basic bathroom modifications, the role of the […]

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Hand and Upper Limb Course

Title: Hand and Upper Limb CourseLocation: Curtin UniversityLink out: Click hereDescription: This interactive and practical full day workshop will provide a theoretical basis for your clinical reasoning when working with patients with hand and upper limb conditions. The workshop is aimed at new graduates, rural therapists, those interested in hand therapy, and therapists new to […]