Updates from the Occupational Therapy Board
Links to specific issues below:-
An approved template to use for the documentation of your CPD as mentioned is available http://www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au/Registration-Standards/Continuing-professional-development.aspx
To view the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law (WA) Act 2010 please download the following:-
Links to Communiques :
Occupational Therapy Board of Australia
The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) is established under the Health Practitioner Regulation National Law, as in force in each state and territory (the National Law). The Board meets face-to-face each month to consider and decide on any matters related to its regulatory functions within the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme (the National Scheme).
For a full list of current Board members, please visit the Board’s website.
2018/2019 Regulatory Planning
In January 2018 the Board began work on its regulatory plan for 2018/19, as part of its annual planning cycle. The Board has defined a set of draft strategic initiatives that it will seek to achieve during 2018/19 and will finalise these initiatives over the coming months.
This is necessary to ensure that the Board’s activities align with and avoid unnecessary duplication of work that is being done within other areas of the National Scheme.
On 15 September 2017 the Board announced that it has frozen the registration fee at $110 for 2017/18. The National Scheme is funded by practitioners’ registration fees. The Board’s decision to keep the fees steady for 2017/18 ensures that practitioners are not unduly burdened, but still provides sufficient income to allow the Board to carry out its duties and protect the public. http://www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au/Registration/Registration-Renewal.aspx
Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (AOTCS) 2018
On 20 February 2018 the Board launched the Australian occupational therapy competency standards (AOTCS) 2018. The release of these standards is the result of a two-year research and collaborative project with practitioners, educators, the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Network, Indigenous Allied Health Australia, the Board’s accreditation authority, its expert Reference and Advisory Group and AHPRA’s Consumer Reference Group.
The new standards replace the Australian competency standards for new graduate occupational therapists (ACSOT) 2010 which were developed by Occupational Therapy Australia.
The new 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.
The 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 new competency standards can be used by:
- employers to determine what should be expected of a competent occupational therapy workforce
- education providers to inform the design of programs of study to produce safe and competent new graduates, and
- the public and consumers to identify the expected behaviours that an occupational therapist should demonstrate.
For more information about the new competency standards, including resources that can be used within practice settings please visit: www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au/competencies.
The Board publishes a range of information about registration and its expectations of practitioners on its website at www.occupationaltherapyboard.gov.au or www.ahpra.gov.au. We encourage you to refer to the site for news and updates on policy and guidelines affecting your profession.