INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS
For updates on national registration, please visit the Australian Health Practitioners Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and Occupational Therapy Board of Australia websites below:
OT Competency Standards
The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) published the new Australian occupational therapy competency standards (the competency standards) on 20 February 2018.
They are being released now to allow the profession to become familiar with the new requirements before they take effect on 1 January 2019.
The new competency standards outline professional behaviours all occupational therapists should demonstrate to practice safely and ethically. They will affect occupational therapists working across all practice settings, including research, education, management and other roles not involving direct contact with clients – so it’s important you know what they are.
They will replace the Australian competency standards for new graduate occupational therapists and have been developed to acknowledge changes in the profession since it first became nationally regulated on 1 July 2012.
The new competency standards also specifically acknowledge the need for occupational therapists to enhance their cultural responsiveness and capabilities for practice with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
The competency standards focus on four conceptual areas of occupational therapy practice: professionalism, knowledge and learning, occupational therapy process and practice, and communication. Each of these is supported by a number of practice behaviours which address specific core competencies.
Information on the National Disability Insurance Scheme can be found at the following links:- https://www.ndis.gov.au/about-us/our-sites/WA/qanda.html
Ever pictured yourself as a roving reporter? The Newsletter Committee Needs You!
The monthly newsletter is an important avenue to inform OTs. The WA Occupational Therapy Association (WAOTA) aims to provide a newsletter that is current, relevant and professional, and the Newsletter Committee plays an important part in ensuring this. Many hands make light work, and the committee would like to invite interested OTs to join. In particular we are looking for a couple of people willing to take on the role of “roving reporter” to assist us in finding out the latest news and activities within the OT World. The committee commitment is monthly and involves writing some reports, editing submissions written for the newsletter, and being part of the newsletter production process. If you are interested in this exciting role please contact the WA Occupational Therapy Association.
National Registration Information
WAOTA Affiliated Interest Groups
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Continuing Professional Development
- Membership must be current to receive member discount on PD events and reduced rates with Guild Insurance and HBF.
- Memberships not renewed for 2019 will be lapsed on 15th January 2019.
- Please note that Private Practitioners who are lapsed will not be able to be included on the ‘Find a Registered Practice’ Section of the website.
The WA Occupational Therapy Association (Inc.) is governed by our Constitution, which is a body of fundamental principles that guides our processes and responsibilities. To read our Constitution, please click here
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