Your Purpose. Our Mission.
Between July - September 2023, OTA has achieved key wins in advocating for the profession, embarked on a Workforce Development Project, developed resources to support the next generation of OTs and kept our members updated on topics impacting the profession.
Your support is essential to allow us to achieve - Your Purpose is Our Mission.
Advocacy and advancement
Your membership supports our advocacy efforts to ensure the work being done by OTs and the challenges they face are brought to the attention of Government and other decision makers.
Key advocacy areas
Our most recent advocacy wins
Support at Home
OTA met with members of the Support at Home Implementation team on 26 May to discuss the proposed assessment tool (IAT) and care pathways. After reviewing the existing tool, OTA provided feedback and suggestions to the Department.
Mental Health Endorsement
After the success of the Mental Health Endorsement Pilot Program, OTA will release the new endorsement program which provides greater alignment with mental health occupational therapy practice across a range of funding programs.
OTA has been engaging heavily with the NDIS Review, working with the OTA NDIS National Reference Group to develop a range of submissions to respond to consultation opportunities and issues papers that have been released by the Review to date.
OTA commenced a Workforce Development Project in March this year in response to known challenges being experienced by OTs across the country. Since the commencement of the project, over 100 OTs have participated in focus groups and stakeholder interviews, and OTA has received 2,145 survey responses.
Engagement with NDIA
OTA met with four senior NDIA staff in June and outlined a number of issues members are experiencing. OTA highlighted our strong interest in working with NDIA to improve their systems and processes. NDIA committed to working more closely with OTA when implementing the NDIS Review recommendations.
OTA is strengthening relationships with representatives from workplace injury and transport accident injury compensation schemes in each state and territory and have contributed feedback to several consultation opportunities and fee schedule reviews.
Student Career Webinar Series
Our Student Careers Webinar Series provided over 730 OT students with plenty of advice to ensure they get the best start to their OT careers.
The recorded webinars are now available to student members to watch on demand on our Student Hub.
Insights and industry updates
PACE Free Member Forum
OTA was pleased to host a free member-only forum with the NDIA in September. Occupational therapists who are registered providers under the NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission were invited to attend the information session to learn more about the new computer system called PACE.
The forum provided an overview of PACE, an outline of the pathway for participants with an NDIS plan in PACE, and covered key change areas for providers, including system, practice and process changes. There was also an opportunity for members to ask questions related to PACE.