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 Sakzewki will also be conducting two PD courses on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October on “OT and Cerebral Palsy: Evidence Based Interventions” and “How to turn your research into practice”. To register your interest, forms for both breakfast and PD event are enclosed in this newsletter. Further information can also be found on our website https://www.waota.com.au/annual-ot-week-breakfast/

OT Week is also a great opportunity to support your profession and increase awareness of occupational therapy. This year WAOTA would like to offer members a small merchandise pack to help promote OT Week. This pack will include 5 x balloons, 10 x OT stickers and 5 x badges. Please contact Lorna at info@waota.com.au if you would like to take up this offer. More information and ideas on how to promote OT Week within your workplace can be found on our website https://www.waota.com.au/wp-content/uploads/OT-Week-promotion.pdf

Nominations for WAOTA annual awards are closing soon so let’s take this opportunity to nominate your fellow colleagues. Nomination form and selection criteria are included in this newsletter.

Our Marketing Committee held their annual WAOTA Quiz Night with Diamond Dave on Friday 24th August which was a great success, thank you to Renee Sloot, Karen Stiles and Danae Van Asselt for organising this event. Keep an eye out for photos in the next Cross Section Newsletter in October.

WAOTA is often advised of changes or opportunities within our profession, for example the new competency standards, advertising compliance strategy, use of specialist titles, my health records and funding grant opportunities just to name a few. WAOTA tries to keep our members up to date within our newsletter, but remember this information is also located on our website under the ‘Health News’ tab. Other useful links such as a CPD template for audit compliance with the OT Board of Australia and CPD guidelines can also be found on our website under the ‘Resources’ tab, so why not take the time and check this out. Don’t forget under your member login you can also find job adverts for those who are interested.

Many thanks

WAOTA Exec.