Queensland Mental Health Select Committee Public Hearing

Inquiry into the opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queenslanders

Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) welcomed the chance to provide a submission to the Mental Health Select Committee’s Inquiry into the opportunities to improve mental health outcomes for Queensland communities. This directly resulted in our invitation to appear in front of the Committee on Friday 29 April 2022. OTA took this invaluable opportunity to expand upon our initial submission, profile the important work done by OTs and to represent how they play an essential role in Australia’s mental health system.

Our representative, Adam Lo (Board member and WFOT Delegate) elaborated on the initial OTA submission and responded to a variety of questions from the Committee including:

  • exploring occupational therapy training in mental health;
  • challenges OTs face working within the Medicare Better Access funding model;
  • the role of OTs in early intervention and prevention versus supporting individuals with enduring mental ill health;
  • working within the NDIS;
  • working with individuals across the lifespan and associations views of the impact of COVID-19 on the mental health; and
  • the wellbeing of our communities.

OTA was excited to have this opportunity to advocate and give a voice to the occupational therapy profession and their clients.

For further details regarding the submission please visit the OTA website.

To view the archived broadcast from Friday 29 April 2022 please visit Parliament TV.

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