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OTA Submission - SA Social Development Committee inquiry

09 Aug 2022 | Parliament of South Australia, Social Development Committee Inquiry: National Disability Insurance Scheme impacts on South Australian partic...

OTA works with Ahpra for new Bill reforms on Aged Care Quality and Safety

10 Aug 2022 | OTA have been working with AHPA on the issues facing allied health in aged care under the new funding model. The allied health sector is ren...

Management of eating disorders for people with higher weight: clinical practice guideline

10 Aug 2022 | The Management of eating disorders for people with higher weight: clinical practice guideline has been developed by NEDC after extensive rev...

New! OT full membership to Employment Assistance Professional Association of Australia (EAPAA)

10 Aug 2022 | Following discussions with Employment Assistance Professional Association of Australia (EAPAA), EAPAA will now allow appropriately experienc...

NDIS Partners in the Community Program Tender

05 Sep 2022 | The Australian Government has committed to bringing forward a planned independent review of the design, operations and sustainability of the...

Hot Topic Long COVID

14 Sep 2022 | Review of Hot Topic event on Long COVID.

Hot Topic Event Wrap up: Managing Risk - Confidentiality, Privacy and Record Storage

21 Sep 2022 | On 14th September, over 125 OTs joined this national online event for an engaging and informative session on confidentiality, privacy, conse...

Media on NDIS Pricing

06 Oct 2022 | Members may have seen some media stories recently about allied health professionals and the remuneration they receive from the NDIS. We i...

SA Hot Topic Wrap Up: Nature Based Therapy

28 Oct 2022 | Occupational Therapy Australia facilitated another successful Hot Topic event in South Australia on Tuesday 25th October 2022. The event kic...

Workplace relations update and checklists from WorkPlacePLUS

16 Nov 2022 | WorkPlacePLUS has developed a comprehensive workplace relations update for OTA Members, with accompanying post-pandemic checklists for emplo...

TAS Rural Health Inquiry: Final report released

17 Nov 2022 | Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) welcomes the recent release of the Sub-Committee Report on Rural Health Services in Tasmania, which OTA...

Black Friday Sale on OTA Merchandise

23 Nov 2022 | Black Friday Sale on OTA Merchandise

Hot Topic Wrap Up: The role of non-driver trained OTs

02 Dec 2022 | Over 170 OTs gathered on 23 November for a virtual event which explored the important role of non-driver trained OTs working collaboratively...

Better Access to Mental Health funded sessions update

13 Dec 2022 | OTA is disappointed to see that the Australian Government will NOT extend the temporary additional 10 funded sessions under the Better Acces...

National PHN Allied Health Engagement Framework launched

12 Jan 2023 | The National Primary Health Network (PHN) Allied Health in Primary Care Engagement Framework has been launched by the National PHN Cooperati...

OTA Awards 2023: Nominations Open

12 Jan 2023 | Are you making a significant contribution to our profession? Do you work with someone who deserves recognition for their services and achiev...

Professor Leeanne Carey awarded the Sylvia Docker Lecture

30 Jan 2023 | The Board of Occupational Therapy Australia is delighted to announce Professor Leeanne Carey as the recipient of the 2023 Sylvia Docker Lect...

OTA Attends the 4th National NDIS & Mental Health Conference

22 Feb 2023 | OTA was excited to be attending and exhibiting at the 4th National NDIS & Mental Health Conference from 20-21 February 2023 in Sydney. OTA s...

Have your say in the Aged Care Reforms Pulse Survey

07 Mar 2023 | The Department of Health and Ageing are seeking to survey people across the aged care sector on their experiences of reform implementation a...

Access to EAPAA membership and provision of OT mental health services via EAP providers

10 Mar 2023 | Following discussions with Employee Assistance Professional Association Australia (EAPAA) last year, EAPAA has confirmed the ability of ment...

We're helping students choose supportive graduate roles

15 Mar 2023 | We're excited to introduce our FREE four-part webinar series that will support final year OT students transition to practice.

Changes to Family and Carer Participation under the Better Access Initiative

17 Mar 2023 | On 1 March 2023, new items were made available to allow providers to deliver up to two Medicare-subsidised services per calendar year, to a ...

Aged care reforms still failing people in residential care

23 Mar 2023 | The national peak body for Australia’s allied health sector says despite ongoing aged care reforms, critical needs of people in residential ...

Allied Health Digital Readiness Survey

27 Mar 2023 | Allied health professionals are invited to provide their views and experiences of digital health practices. To support enhanced digital read...

OTA attends SA Health Occupational Therapy Mental Health Forum

03 Apr 2023 | OTA’s Lead Mental Health Advisor, Michelle Oliver, attended the SA Health Occupational Therapy Mental Health Forum last Thursday in Adelaide...

Review of Queensland's CTP insurance scheme - have your say

06 Apr 2023 | Have your say in the review of Queensland’s compulsory third party (CTP) insurance scheme.

Volunteer as a student at OTAUS2023 for free registration

01 May 2023 | Occupational Therapy Australia is holding the 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023 from 21 - 23 June 2023 at the Cairns Convention C...

TAC launches Value-based Healthcare Grants for 2023

18 Apr 2023 | The TAC has announced that applications will open on 26 April for its 2023 Value-based Healthcare Innovation Grants.

Falls Month Interview with Prof. Emer. Lindy Clemson & Prof. Lynette Mackenzie

27 Apr 2023 | Our Senior Project Officer Christina Wyatt spoke with two leading falls prevention researchers from the University of Sydney as part of Apri...

Seeking Feedback: Acoustic Vehicle Alerting Systems (AVAS)

28 Apr 2023 | The Australian Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts is seeking feedback on whether Aco...

TGA Survey: Allied health professionals point-of-care manufacturing

28 Apr 2023 | TGA are seeking consultation via a survey aimed at allied health professionals involved in Point-of-Care (POC) manufacturing of medical devi...

Response to NDIA story on ABC AM Radio Program 4/5/2023

04 May 2023 | OTA was disappointed to hear Minister Shorten raise concerns about providers ‘padding their bills’ during an interview on today's AM program...

Federal Budget 2023

10 May 2023 | OTA welcomes investments in the Federal Budget announced 9 May 2023 that will support occupational therapists working across the health syst...

OTA Government and Stakeholder Relations update - May 2023

22 May 2023 | The OTA team has been working hard over the past fortnight, lobbying for improvements and driving change to get the best outcome for our mem...

WorkSafe Victoria Equipment and Supply Survey - Have your say!

23 May 2023 | WorkSafe is seeking feedback on the current equipment prescription and supply process for injured workers and invites prescribing therapists...

State and Territory 2023-24 Budgets

24 May 2023 | As is customary, Australian States and Territories are now introducing their budgets for the same financial year.

Advocating for additional occupational therapists in South Australian public schools and pre-schools

24 May 2023 | OTA has urged that the South Australian Government fund the employment of additional occupational therapists in local public schools and pre...

OTA attends Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network (LELAN) Official Launch

25 May 2023 | OTA was honoured to attend the official launch of the Lived Experience Leadership & Advocacy Network (LELAN), held in Adelaide on Wednesday ...

'Aged Care Falls Short' Article

30 May 2023 | OTA has been closely monitoring the impacts of the new residential aged care funding model on occupational therapy services. The Daily Tele...

CIOTS AMPS Training and Resources ceased from 31 May 2023

30 May 2023 | OTA have been made aware that the provider of the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS), the Centre for Innovative OT Solutions (CIO...

OTA attends DSC Annual NDIS conference and Important update about the NDIS Review

01 Jun 2023 | OTA attended the first day of the DSC Annual NDIS conference in Sydney and was very interested to hear from key stakeholders and leaders wit...

DSC Annual NDIS Conference Sydney Wrap Up

05 Jun 2023 | OTA attended the Annual NDIS Conference, hosted by DSC, in Sydney on 1 and 2 June. At a time of large scale review and anticipated reform, w...

NDIS Review update - Share your thoughts

13 Jun 2023 | Last week the NDIS Review released a significant discussion paper on the role of pricing and payment approaches in improving participant out...

OTA attends 2023 International Mental Health Conference

13 Jun 2023 | Michelle Oliver, OTA's Lead Mental Health Advisor, attended the Australian & New Zealand Mental Health Association 24th Annual International...

End of Life Law for Clinicians (ELLC) resource

13 Jun 2023 | A new module for clinicians on inclusive end of life decision-making with people from diverse populations is available from the End of Life ...

OTA disappointed at continued NDIA price freeze

21 Jun 2023 | Last Friday the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) published its 2022-23 Annual Pricing Review Report, and announced there will be ...

Workforce Development Project – Survey Open

21 Jun 2023 | Occupational Therapy Australia have heard from our members and the OT community there are significant workforce challenges facing our profes...

OTA response to Dr Golly & The Experts Podcast

22 Jun 2023 | Occupational Therapy Australia is aware of recent conversations on the “Dr Golly and The Experts” podcast, where Em Rusciano shared her live...

Response to Minister Bill Shorten’s appearance on ABC 21/6/23

22 Jun 2023 | OTA was disappointed to hear Minister Shorten’s remarks on the ABC recently that providers are abusing NDIS funding.

OTA to advocate for children with additional learning needs at SA’s Social Development Committee

23 Jun 2023 | OTA’s Lead Mental Health Advisor, Michelle Oliver, will appear before the Parliament of South Australia’s Social Development Committee on Mo...

30th National Conference & Exhibition (OTAUS2023) wrap-up

28 Jun 2023 | OTA was excited to welcome delegates to Cairns Convention Centre for our 30th National Conference & Exhibition (OTAUS2023) on 21 - 23 June.

Announcement of 2023 OT School of Victoria Recipient

28 Jun 2023 | We are delighted to announce that in 2023, there was an incredibly strong pool of applicants, giving the panel the difficult task of selecti...

Announcement of the OTA Research Foundation 2023 Grant Recipient

28 Jun 2023 | The Occupational Therapy Australia Research Foundation (OTARF) grants scheme aims to stimulate new research knowledge and support the career...

Working with ReturntoWorkSA to update the Occupational Therapy fee schedule and policy

29 Jun 2023 | OTA has been working with ReturntoWorkSA to update the Occupational Therapy fee schedule and policy.

OTA attends Palliative Care South Australia Showcase 2023

29 Jun 2023 | OTA’s Michelle Oliver, Manager, Professional Practice, joins Shyla Mills, Chief Executive Officer, Palliative Care South Australia for their...

NDIS Review releases their interim report

30 Jun 2023 | In October 2022 the Minister for the NDIS, Bill Shorten, asked for an independent review of the NDIS. Today, the Review Panel (the Panel) re...

OT Exchange 2024 Call for Expression of Interest: Program Committee OT Exchange

03 Jul 2023 | Occupational Therapy Australia is now seeking a call for Expressions of Interest for members of the Program Committee for the OT Exchange 20...

Have your say on OTA’s submission to NDIS Review’s Interim Report

07 Jul 2023 | On 30 June the NDIS Independent Review released its Interim Report, titled “What we have heard”.

Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) changes to facilitate mental health case conferences

10 Jul 2023 | The Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) changes to facilitate mental health case conferences for patients being treated under the Better Access...

Developmental Educators Update

11 Jul 2023 | Recently, some states and territories have seen a rise in the profession of developmental educators (DEs), especially in paediatrics and NDI...

Have Your Say: Victoria’s strategy towards elimination of seclusion and restraint

11 Jul 2023 | Have your say and help us to develop Victoria’s strategy towards the elimination of seclusion and restraint in mental health and well-being ...

DHS SA Child Safe Environments Program: Lodging your child safe compliance statement

14 Jul 2023 | Did you know that if you work with people under the age of 18 years, you are legally required to lodge a child safe environments compliance ...

OTs as pain-changers: Examining a holistic approach to pain management

25 Jul 2023 | Australia’s annual awareness event for chronic pain, National Pain Week, is running from July 24-30 2023. During National Pain Week, Occupat...

OTA response to NDIS Pricing and Payments Issues Paper

01 Aug 2023 | OTA has made a submission to the NDIS Review, calling for more transparent and fair price setting, and raising our strong concerns about pro...

NDIS Review: OTA advocates for Mental Health OT in treatment of psychosocial disability

01 Aug 2023 | OTA recently wrote to the NDIS Independent Review regarding the importance of occupational therapists as a core provider within the NDIS, as...

Elspeth Pearson Award 2023 winners

03 Aug 2023 | Congratulations to 2023 winners Emiliana Guerra, Betty Lin and Ferris Wong! Read on to hear about their early career practice and how they p...

Mental Health and Wellbeing Act 2022

07 Aug 2023 | From 1 September 2023, Victoria will have a new Mental Health and Wellbeing Act. The new Act will replace the Mental Health Act 2014.

DriveSafe DriveAware app update

11 Aug 2023 | DriveSafe Diagnostics have acquired the full IP and licensing rights to DriveSafe DriveAware and are preparing to release it to the Apple Ap...

EAPAA releases new Service Standards

21 Aug 2023 | EAPAA has released new service standards, which have been designed to support the delivery of a consistent and high-quality standard of Empl...

NDIS Review update - August 2023

29 Aug 2023 | Last week, at a Town Hall event in Newcastle, the NDIS Review team made some significant announcements about the potential reforms they are ...

Occupational Therapy Australia supports the Voice Referendum for Constitutional change

30 Aug 2023 | Occupational Therapy Australia supports the Voice Referendum for Constitutional change.

Honorary Life Member and past President, OTA & WFOT Marilyn Pattison AO invested with the insignia of the AO Officer of the Order of Australia

14 Sep 2023 | Occupational Therapy Australia’s Honorary Life Member and past President, OTA & WFOT Marilyn Pattison AO was invested with the insignia of t...

OTA attends Mental Health Australia Parliamentary Advocacy Day

14 Sep 2023 | On Wednesday 13 September, Carolyn Nikoloski (CEO, Mental Health Australia) welcomed delegates across the mental health sector, including OT...

Dementia Action Week 2023

18 Sep 2023 | This week marks National Dementia Action Week, taking place from 18-24 September 2023, including World Alzheimer’s Day on Thursday 21 Septem...

OTA submission to the national Scope of Practice Review

21 Sep 2023 | OTA is preparing a submission to the scope of practice review which was announced in the 2023 federal Budget by Minister for Heath Mark Butl...

WFOT Congress 2026 Scientific Programme Committee Membership Application

22 Sep 2023 | To fill vacancies on the WFOT Congress Scientific Programme Committee, WFOT is seeking two volunteer occupational therapists, one from each ...

DVA’s online searchable RAP Schedule

26 Sep 2023 | Did you know the DVA has an online searchable version of the RAP Schedule?

Koori Occupational Therapy Scheme Movie Fundraiser

28 Sep 2023 | On Sunday 12 November, the Koori Occupational Therapy Scheme is hosting a screening of Emu Runner to raise funds for their scholarship to su...

Mobility and Accessibility for Children in Australia (MACA) Evaluation Survey

28 Sep 2023 | MACA is seeking your help to improve the safety of children with disabilities travelling on our roads by completing this short survey.

Department of Veterans' Affairs OT inbox

28 Sep 2023 | Department of Veterans' Affairs OT inbox – support for OTs providing services under DVA

Share your views on working with the TAC

05 Oct 2023 | Complete this 10 min Provider Experience Survey, an annual survey provided by the TAC, and share your views on working with them and providi...

Response from OTA CEO on the NDIS Review

07 Dec 2023 | Response from OTA CEO on the NDIS Review

DVA Complex Home Modification Specification Documents Survey

05 Jan 2024 | Find out how DVA’s range of new Complex Home Modification specification documents assist occupational therapists in understanding Rehabilita...

The Health and Wellbeing of Mental Health Occupational Therapists research project

12 Jan 2024 | Evana Miesen's Honours research project (with Professor Genevieve Pepin and Rachel Knight from Deakin University) involved a study on The He...

Scope of Practice Update

12 Mar 2024 | Scope of Practice Update

CEO Member Update

20 Mar 2024 | CEO Member Update

Tasmania Election Key Issues

21 Mar 2024 | OTA has written to election candidates in the leadup to the 2024 Tasmania State Election to be held this Saturday 23 March.

Cultural Responsiveness and Capability

26 Mar 2024 | What the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia Ltd (OTC) is looking for in the Supervised Practice Implementation Plan (SPIP)

Tasmanian Health System Update

26 Mar 2024 | Tasmanian Health System Update

Compensation Schemes Update

26 Mar 2024 | Compensation Schemes Update

NDIA Mental Health Reference Group Update

26 Mar 2024 | NDIA Mental Health Reference Group Update

Provide your feedback: New guidelines for the assessment and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

08 Apr 2024 | Provide your feedback: New guidelines for the assessment and diagnosis of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder

Policy and Advocacy Disability Update April 2024

09 Apr 2024 | Policy and Advocacy Disability Update April 2024

Policy and Advocacy Mental Health Update April 2024

08 Apr 2024 | Policy and Advocacy Mental Health Update April 2024

Policy and Advocacy Compensation Schemes Update April 2024

08 Apr 2024 | Policy and Advocacy Compensation Schemes Update April 2024

Health sector scholarships open for nominations!

15 Apr 2024 | Women & Leadership Australia is offering scholarships of up to $5000 for women working in the health sector.

Stronger Medicare Awards

17 Apr 2024 | Stronger Medicare Awards

Launch of Autism CRC's new National Practice Guideline Resources

22 Apr 2024 | Launch of Autism CRC's new National Practice Guideline Resources

Policy and Advocacy Disability Update 22 April 2024

22 Apr 2024 | Policy and Advocacy Disability Update 22 April 2024

Policy and Advocacy NDIS Pricing Taskforce Update

22 Apr 2024 | Policy and Advocacy NDIS Pricing Taskforce Update

Policy and Advocacy Aged Care Update 22 April 2024

22 Apr 2024 | Policy and Advocacy Aged Care Update 22 April 2024

Advocacy and Policy Compensation Schemes Update 22 April 2024

22 Apr 2024 | Advocacy and Policy Compensation Schemes Update 22 April 2024

National Autism Strategy April 2024

22 Apr 2024 | National Autism Strategy April 2024

Consumer Roundtable with Inspector General of Aged Care

23 Apr 2024 | Consumer Roundtable with Inspector General of Aged Care

WA Round Table & Member Networking Event

23 Apr 2024 | WA Round Table & Member Networking Event

New OTA Intitiative - Early Career Community of Practice

23 Apr 2024 | New OTA Intitiative - Early Career Community of Practice

Draft Clinical Prioritisation Criteria for SA

29 Apr 2024 | Draft Clinical Prioritisation Criteria for SA

OTA Statement to Members – Government’s announcement on paid clinical placements for some professions

06 May 2024 | OTA Statement to Members – Government’s announcement on paid clinical placements for some professions

TAC's 2024 Value-based Healthcare Innovation Grants

07 May 2024 | TAC's 2024 Value-based Healthcare Innovation Grants

Policy and Advocacy Disability Update May 2024

Policy and Advocacy Disability Update May 2024

OT in the news

13 May 2024 | Media coverage of occupational therapy's exclusion from government's announced funding for student placements

OTA in the News

15 May 2024 | Media coverage of occupational therapy's exclusion from government's announced funding for student placements

Aged Care Update 15 May

15 May 2024 | Policy and Advocacy Update

National Autism Strategy

15 May 2024 | Policy and Advocacy Update

CEO Member Update - May

20 May 2024 | CEO Member Update - May

OTA Provides Evidence to NDIS Senate Committee Hearing

22 May 2024 | Occupational Therapy Australia presented evidence to the Community Affairs Legislation Senate Committee: Inquiry into the National Disabilit...

OTA in the News: The NT’s occupational therapy shortage has reached crisis point

27 May 2024 | OTA CEO Samantha Hunter recently spoke on the shortage of OTs in the Northern Territory.

OTA in the News - Paid Student Placements

15 May 2024 | Media coverage of occupational therapy's exclusion from government's announced funding for student placements

Policy and Advocacy Aged Care Update 28 May

28 May 2024 | OTA attended the two-day National Aged Care Alliance meetings on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 May.

Policy and Advocacy Disability Update - Paediatrics

28 May 2024 | OTA held a roundtable with occupational therapists working in the paediatric space to discuss the implications of the NDIS Review recommenda...

Addressing Fraud in the NDIS

05 Jun 2024 | On the 4th of June 2024, an occupational therapist who is not an Occupational Therapy Australia member, the peak professional body represent...

OTA's response to the NDIS legislation amendments

05 Jun 2024 | OTA's response to the NDIS legislation amendments

OTA's Submission to the National Autism Strategy

07 Jun 2024 | OTA made a submission to inform the Australian Government’s draft National Autism Strategy.

Policy and Advocacy Aged Care Update June 2024

07 Jun 2024 | OTA attended the inaugural Invox National Aged Care Conference on May 30 and 31.

Policy and Advocacy Compensation Schemes Update June 2024

07 Jun 2024 | WorkSafe Victoria is conducting its first annual provider survey, the results of which will be made publicly available.

Policy and Advocacy Disability Update June 2024

07 Jun 2024 | Last Wednesday an amended NDIS Bill passed Federal Parliament’s House of Representatives

Policy and Advocacy Scope of Practice June 2024

07 Jun 2024 | OTA has responded to a survey to inform the Second Issues Paper

Policy and Advocacy Workforce Update

07 Jun 2024 | The Federal Government is in the early stages of developing a National Allied Health Workforce Strategy

Have Your Say: OTA's Policy and Advocacy Agenda

11 Jun 2024 | Have Your Say: OTA's Policy and Advocacy Agenda

The role of OT in emotional regulation in school-aged children on Sunrise

12 Jun 2024 | The role of OT in emotional regulation in school-aged children on Sunrise

OTA in the News: OT Exchange raises the profile of OT across national media

19 Jun 2024 | OTA in the News: OT Exchange raises the profile of OT across national media

OTA meets with NDIS Shadow Assistant Minister

19 Jun 2024 | OTA meets with NDIS Shadow Assistant Minister

June Policy and Advocacy Disability Update

21 Jun 2024 | OTA is continuing to monitor passage of the National Disability Insurance Scheme Amendment (Getting the NDIS Back on Track) Bill 2024 (the B...

June Policy and Advocacy Compensation Schemes Update

21 Jun 2024 | Return to Work South Australia (RTWSA) has updated their fee schedule and policy.

Member update – OTA response to NDIS Senate Committee Report

21 Jun 2024 | Member update - OTA response to NDIS Senate Committee Report

Scope of Practice Policy and Advocacy June Update

21 Jun 2024 | On 13 June, OTA attended a workshop on the Scope of Practice Review in Melbourne.

Policy and Advocacy Workforce Update June

21 Jun 2024 | OTA attended a consultation hosted by the AHPA Primary Care Working Group.

Developmental Educators: Draft Scope of Practice

13 Jul 2022 | The Developmental Educators Australia Incorporated (DEAI) recently released the Developmental Educator draft scope of practice document and ...

(QLD) Changes to NDIS Worker Screening Arrangements

23 Jun 2020 | The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission are implementing a nationally consistent NDIS worker screening arrangement.

(VIC) TAC and SWEP Expansion of OT Credentialing

24 Jun 2020 | The TAC partnered with the State-Wide Equipment Program (SWEP) in November 2019 to manage the registration and credentialing of occupational...

Have Your Say: Upcoming ACT Election

30 Jun 2020 | Occupational Therapy Australia is writing to each of the major parties contesting the ACT State Election.

SA Health Governance: Advocacy for OTA Members

03 Jul 2020 | OTA was recently approached to comment on the re-introduction of the Health Care (Governance) Amendment Bill 2020 (SA).

COVID-19 Update: News, Support & Resources

21 Jul 2020 | Our lives (both professionally and personally) continue to be impacted by COVID-19, and while parts of Australia have almost returned to nor...

The Latest VicRoads COVID-19 Update

22 Jul 2020 | The following information is the latest update from VicRoads on 22 July, 2020.

WorkSafe Review: Transferring People Safely Document

24 Jul 2020 | We are seeking help to redesign the guidance so that is both useful to people undertaking these tasks, people in control of the way the work...

Supporting Peer Connections: Pain Management Special Interest Group July Meeting

29 Jul 2020 | The West Australian Pain Management Special Interest Group (SIG) successfully held their first virtual meeting via Zoom last week.

Important Stage 4 COVID-19 Update: Latest Advice from DHHS + Workplace Travel + COVID Safe Plans

10 Aug 2020 | We continue to work closely with the Department of Health and other allied health professions to discuss and clarify Stage 4 restrictions. W...

Introducing your OTA Queensland Council Members for 2020/2021

10 Aug 2020 | OTA are pleased to introduce members of the Queensland Divisional Council for 2020/202

Latest Update from VicRoads: COVID-19

10 Aug 2020 | Please find below information about VicRoads service provisions considering the revised Victorian restrictions.

OTA Board Meeting Reflections (22 August 2020)

24 Aug 2020 | The Board of Occupational Therapy Australia met on Saturday 22 August and spent the day covering a diverse range of issues.

Applications Now Open: OTA WFOT Program Approval Committee

31 Aug 2020 | The OTA - WFOT Program Approval Committee is the group responsible for determining, based on advice received from the Occupational Therapy C...

OT Exchange 2020: Virtual Platform Highlights

10 Sep 2020 | This is our biggest online event to date! We invite you to explore some of the advanced features of the virtual platform below.

COVID-19: Guidance on Restrictions for Metro and Regional Vic OTs

17 Sep 2020 | OTA continues to meet regularly with the DHHS to bring you the latest guidance on restrictions for Victorian occupational therapists.

2020 ACT Election

01 Oct 2020 | OTA has written to the major political parties regarding the 2020 NT election, which is scheduled to be held on 17 October 2020.

Nominate Today! OTA Awards and Grants Now Open

02 Oct 2020 | Are you making a significant contribution to our profession? Do you work with someone who deserves recognition for their services and achiev...

Announcement of Sylvia Docker Lecture Award 2021

08 Oct 2020 | The Board of Occupational Therapy Australia is delighted to announce Professor Lindy Clemson as the recipient of the 2021 Sylvia Docker Lect...

2020 Queensland Election

07 Oct 2020 | OTA has written to the major political parties regarding the 2020 QLD State Election, which is scheduled to be held on 31 October 2020.

NDIS Update: Independent Assessment (IA)

09 Oct 2020 | Following our communications with NDIA, Brett Bennett, General Manager (NDIA) has made a commitment to work with AHPA and OTA (as a member o...

QLD University of Sunshine Coast Academic Awards

22 Oct 2020 | Brooke Carter, QLD Division Manager, recently presented student awards at the University of Sunshine Coast’s 2020 OT Conference.

Allied Health Capability Framework: Disability and Complex Support Needs

27 Oct 2020 | Allied health professionals play an important role in delivering the NDIS. To support their work, the Victorian Government has coproduced th...

Changes to NDIS Worker Screening Arrangements

05 Nov 2020 | The NDIS Quality and Safeguards Commission are implementing a nationally consistent NDIS worker screening arrangement.

OTA’s Miriam Hobson Selected for Future Leaders Scholarship

09 Nov 2020 | OTA is pleased to share that Miriam Hobson (OTA’s Manager SA/NT) has been selected by the Australian Society of Association Executives (AuSA...

SA Judiciary Communications Partner Service Update

12 Nov 2020 | OTA wishes to thank the members who registered their interest in this partnership model and undertake the training and service arrangement r...

Now Released: Framework for NSW Health Services

19 Nov 2020 | Announcing the new NSW Family Focused Recovery Framework 2020-2025: a Framework for NSW Health Services has been released. The Framework rep...

National Safety and Quality Primary Healthcare Standards

23 Nov 2020 | The Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care (the Commission) is developing National Safety and Quality Primary Healthcare...

NDIS Update: Independent Assessment Postponement

25 Nov 2020 | The NDIA has announced a postponement of the introduction of the NDIS Independent Assessments. They will now be introduced in mid-2021, with...

VicRoads Update: Online Medical Reports

30 Nov 2020 | This information is relevant not just to OT driving assessors, but to any OT who is supporting an adolescent/adult client with a fitness to ...

Extra Allied Health Care in Aged Care Facilities

02 Dec 2020 | Significantly, this includes extra occupational therapy sessions under Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) and extra occupational therapy ...

OT Simone Dudley Receives Shine Award 2020

07 Dec 2020 | The Shine Awards celebrate women of rural Australia making real differences in their communities.

Vale Patricia (Pat) Martyn

07 Dec 2020 | It is with sadness that OTA learnt of the death of Patricia (Pat) Martyn last week. Pat was a member of the Executive committee for several ...

WA Hot Topic Wrap Up: The Role of OT in Falls Prevention

08 Dec 2020 | Western Australian members recently attended the final Hot Topic event for this year. This face-to-face session gave members the opportunity...

The Role of OTs in Assessing Patients for Disability Parking Permits

08 Dec 2020 | Victoria’s transition to the Accessible Parking Permit (APP) Scheme is now underway with eight south east Victorian councils transitioning t...

The SA Health Performance Council will be Retained

08 Dec 2020 | The Health Care Governance Amendment Bill 2020 was further debated in the SA Parliament this week.

WA ABI/Neurology Interest Group Connect

14 Dec 2020 | The members of the WA ABI/Neuro Special Interest Group were fortunate to recently come together.

Paeds and PhDs: The University of Queensland’s Post Graduate Research Conference

Occupational Therapy Australia were pleased to support prizes for the University of Queensland’s School of Health and Rehabilitation Science...

WFOT Elects New President

27 Jan 2021 | WFOT held its 34th WFOT Council Meeting on 19 January 2021, which included the election of new officers.

Registration Open: Annual Divisional Meetings 2021

23 Feb 2021 | OTA is pleased to invite members to attend the 2021 Annual Divisional Meetings.

OTA Endorses Ahpra COVID-19 Vaccination Position Statement

10 Mar 2021 | Ahpra has published a joint statement to help registered health practitioners and students understand what’s expected of them in giving, rec...

NDIS Submission: Inquiry into Independent Assessments Under the NDIS

13 Apr 2021 | OTA has lodged its submission to the Australian Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s Inquiry ...

COVID Allied Health Package Information for Residential Aged Care Facilities

14 Apr 2021 | The Commonwealth Government has announced funding for Allied Health group programs in Residential Aged Care Facilities (RACF) that were impa...

Agreed Residential Mandatory Accessibility Requirements

03 May 2021 | OTA is pleased to report that on 30 April, 2021 the Australian Building Ministers agreed to include mandatory minimum accessibility standard

Tools for Occupational Therapists

17 May 2021 | Mobility is a new tool available to allied health professionals.

Federal Budget 2021-22 Review

12 May 2021 | The 2021-22 Federal Budget, brought down last night by Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, represents a marked departure from Australian political no...

AMP Tomorrow Fund Grants now open

17 May 2021 | AMPs Tomorrow Fund aims to support inspirational Australians who are working towards a positive impact on their community

NDIS Architect Discusses NDIS Independent Assessments

17 Jun 2021 | NDIS former inaugural chairman provides input on NDIS independent assessments

Public Consultation for Review of the DSP Impairment Tables

22 Jun 2021 | he Department of Social Services are conducting a review of the Tables for the Assessment of Work-related Impairment for the Disability Supp...

University of Sydney Seeking Feedback

21 Jun 2021 | he Masters of Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Sydney is currently being reviewed

Services Australia: Updated changes to digital health and aged care channels

21 Jun 2021 | The following update has been provided by Services Australia. This is further to the reminder provided here.

Prolonged Power Outage Payments for Businesses

21 Jun 2021 | Disaster assistance will be available for businesses that continue to be affected by prolonged power outages from the extreme weather event ...

Have your say: NDIS Home and Living Policy

28 Jun 2021 | Have your say: NDIS Home and Living Policy

Have your say: NDIS Support for Decision Making Policy Framework

28 Jun 2021 | Have your say: NDIS Support for Decision Making Policy Framework

Influenza Vaccine Requirements for RACFs

Influenza Vaccine Requirements for RACFs

ACT Budget Consultation 2021-2022

02 Jul 2021 | OTA made a submission to the ACT Treasury and Economic Development Directorate as part of the ACT’s annual 2021-2022 Budget consultation

OTA Calls for mandatory vaccination for all health care settings

03 Sep 2021 | Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) is calling for the mandatory vaccination of all Australian health care professionals and their employee...

NT Hot Topic Wrap Up: Positive Behaviour Supports

29 Sep 2021 | Occupational Therapy Australia facilitated another successful Hot Topic event in the Northern Territory, Darwin on Wednesday 15th September,...

Thelma Cardwell Foundation Award for Research

13 Oct 2021 | As an OTA member, your membership also includes a WFOT membership

2022-23 Tasmanian Pre-Budget Submission

25 Feb 2022 | OTA recently lodged a submission with the Tasmanian Government Department of Treasury

ReturntoWorkSA Fee Consultation

10 Mar 2022 | Occupational Therapy Australia provide written feedback on 10 March 2022 to ReturntoWorkSA

Letter of Support from WFOT

22 Mar 2022 | WFOT President, Samantha Shann has provided a letter of support to Occupational Therapy Australia in response to the regions in Australia th...