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VIC/TAS Latest News June

The latest news from Victoria and Tasmania for June 2019. To skip ahead to parts that are relevant to you please click tke links below.

OTA News Update

Victoria Interest & Regional Groups

Please see the PD section of our website for upcoming meeting information and to register to attend:

  • South Gippsland – 27 June – Social networking meeting
  • Mental Health – 26 July - TBC
  • Pain Management – 5 August – Sleep and Pain -TBC
  • Better Care for Older People – 21 August – Changing Culture in Aged Care -TBC

Tasmania Regional Interest Groups

We have got you covered: no matter where you live and work in Tasmania, you can connect with your Occupational Therapy colleagues through active participation in our regional interest groups.

The three groups are the

  • NOTs (Northern Occupational Therapists)
  • NWOTs (North Western Occupational Therapists)
  • SHOTS (Southern/Hobart Occupational Therapists)

Visit the regional interest groups web page for further information and contact details.


Restrictive Practice Summary

OTA and APA held a combined information session on the use of restrictive interventions on Thursday 13 June 2019. The session was led by the Office of the Senior Practitioner, who provided an overview of the legislation and an update on the expected changes in reporting and managing restrictive interventions in the Disability Sector with the roll out of the new NDIS Quality and Safeguarding Framework in July 2019.

Disability Service Providers must now follow rules to use restrictive interventions. These rules are in the Disability Act 2006. Disability Service Providers must report any restrictive intervention they are using with clients and the must complete a Behaviour Support Plan to ensure the least restrictive option/s are implemented. Occupational Therapists who work for a Disability Service Provider may be asked to contribute to the development of a Behavioural Support Plan for a restrictive intervention.

A restrictive intervention is any intervention that is used to restrict the rights or freedom of movement of a person with a disability, and includes environmental restraint, chemical restraint, mechanical restraint, physical restraint and seclusion.

Occupational Therapists working with clients in the Disability Sector must ensure the least restrictive options are considered when prescribing aids, equipment, environmental modifications or interventions.  Where the use of restrictive intervention is indicated, Occupational Therapists are advised to clearly describe the purpose of the restrictive intervention and provide explicit details on when, how and how often it should be used. Restrictive intervention beyond the scope of explicit directions given would be considered undue and unnecessary restrictive intervention so accurate reporting and clear and timely communication are paramount.

Further details are available at:
The Office of the Senior Practitioner, Department of Health and Human Services
The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission

Release of the Victorian Allied Health Clinical Supervision Framework  

Victorian Allied Health Clinical Supervision Framework is now available for download via DHHS website.

The framework provides guidance and information for the development of processes and protocols which support and enhance allied health clinical supervision.

Health Complaints Commissioner Training Programs for 2019

Learning and development covers four main areas:

  • Understanding the Health Records Act
  • The Code of Conduct for General Health Service Providers
  • Managing complaints and tricky situations
  • Successful meetings to manage complaints

Further information about events and booking details is available from the HCC website.

Is fine debt affecting your client’s mental health?

The Work and Development Permit (WDP) scheme is an initiative to provide vulnerable and disadvantaged people with a non-financial option to address their fine debt. A WDP allows an eligible person to work off their fine debt by participating in certain activities and treatment. The WDP scheme commenced on 1 July 2017.

Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria

Blind Sports and Recreation Victoria is the state sport association supporting blind sports and recreation opportunities in Victoria. They support sports organisations like Blind Cricket Victoria, Blind Golf Victoria and other sporting bodies. They also create programs to develop new activities like blind tennis, blind football (soccer), blind gymnastics and swimming lessons. Visit their website for more information of the services they provide.

Para-sport classification opportunity for athletes with a physical disability in regional Victoria!

Paralympics Australia (in conjunction with Athletics Australia, Swimming Australia, Basketball Australia & Rowing Australia), are hosting regional classification days in Victoria, including para-athletics, para-swimming, wheelchair basketball and para-rowing. Paralympics Australia have identified several regional locations across Victoria for June, July and August.

Bendigo 22-23 June 2019
Para-Athletics, Para-Swimming & Para-Rowing

Albury/Wodonga 20-21 July 2019
Para-Athletics, Para-Swimming & Wheelchair Basketball

Warrnambool 3-4 August 2019
Para-Athletics & Wheelchair Basketball

Moe 10-11 August 2019
Para-Athletics & Para-Swimming

Classification is the process of grouping athletes based on the impact of their impairment on their functional ability in sport. The classification process follows the Para-sport classification rules for each individual sport and an athlete will need to have an eligible impairment type and meet the minimal impairment criteria for the relevant sport, to be allocated a sport class for competition. The classification opportunities target athletes with an eligible physical impairment of limb loss or limb deficiency, hypertonia, ataxia, athetosis or dystonia, short stature, impaired muscle power, impaired passive range of motion and/or leg length difference.

If you know of an athlete who may have an eligible physical impairment and wishes to be classified, please forward this email onto them to fill out the relevant registration form/s attached. If you have any questions regarding these classification opportunities, please email Hannah.Chadwick@paralympic.org.au


Primary Health Tasmania Clinical Advisory Council Vacancies 

Primary Health Tasmania has two vacancies on their Clinical Advisory Council – one for an allied health member and one for a community pharmacist.

Membership on a PHN Clinical council is a great way to develop a greater understanding of primary health care services and is your opportunity to influence and input into the work of Primary Health Tasmania. Occupational Therapists could claim CPD hours towards registration requirements for engagement in this council.

Applications close Tuesday 25 June 2019. Visit their website to view the vacancies.

Department of Communities Briefing: Tasmanian NDIS Information sessions 2019

In 2019, the National Disability Insurance Agency Partners in Community, Baptcare and Mission Australia are hosting regular NDIS Information Sessions in Tasmanian communities. These sessions are an opportunity for people to come along and ask questions about the NDIS, from access and eligibility through to connecting with providers, and mainstream services and supports.

Location details can be found on the NDIS Events page.

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