Occupational therapists often provide services through a private practice requiring additional business skills to ensure sustainability and success. The following information provides CPD opportunities, access to special interest groups and useful links to support those who are new to practice, returning to practice and those interested in setting up a private practice.
Private Practice Privacy Guide (2020)
AHPA has reviewed and updated the 2014 publication “Private Practice Privacy Guide”. The revision includes a new section which deals with the notifiable data breach scheme which was introduced into the Privacy Act 1988 (Cth) in February 2018. View the member only document here.
DVA Changes to RAP suppliers May 2011
Published by the Department of Veterans Affairs, this website provides important information regarding changes to the supply of Mobility and Functional Support (MFS) products and services, including information on new contracted suppliers of Mobility and Functional Support (MFS) products and services under the Rehabilitation Appliances Program (RAP).
Government Grants, Assistance & Other Support for Australian Businesses
Published by the Australian Government, the Business.gov.au website provides fact sheets and checklists for those starting a new business as well as information on grants and assistance programs offered by the Australian Government.
General Clinical Documentation and Information Requirements, 2006
Published by the Health Information Management of Australia (HIMAA), this document discusses many aspects about medical record keeping including an appendix that guides a practitioner (with links) to relevant state legislation for reference on jurisdictional legal requirements for medical record keeping.
Victorian Government Health Records Act 2001
Published by the Victorian Government’s Department of Health & Human Services, this website provides information regarding the 2001 Health Records Act including the collection of 'family medical history' under the Health Records Regulations 2002.
Australian Government Department of Human Services
Occupational therapists must register with Medicare Australia to enable their clients to access Medicare rebates. This website provides current information to apply for a Medicare Provider Number, create and use an account and other related resources for Allied Health Professionals.
Health Professional Online Services (HPOS)
This online portal allows for more efficient management of Medicare payments, services and programs for registered Medicare Providers.
Follow up Allied Health Services Initiative
Provided by the Department of Health, this resource provides information on the Medicare items for people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent to see allied health practioners, on referral from their GP.
Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH)
Introduced by the Australian Government, the Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) initiative aims to provide better access to mental health services in the community through Medicare. To be eligible for BAMH endorsement as an occupational therapist, you must an OTA member.
Allied Health Initiatives, Department of Human Services
Provided by the Australian Government, this website provides comprehensive information about the Medicare benefits that are available for certain services provided by eligible allied health professionals to people with chronic conditions and complex care needs who are being managed by a GP under an Allied Health Initiative (AHI) plan.
Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS)
Published by the Department of Health, this website provides information and explanatory notes for Medicare Item numbers and Occupational Therapist eligibility under the general Medicare Benefits Schedule.
Helping Children with Autism Initiative
Part of the Australian Government’s $190 million Helping children with autism package, new Medicare items became available for eligible allied health professionals commencing in July 2008. These items were created in Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) for the early diagnosis and treatment of children with autism or any other pervasive developmental disorder (PDD).
Better Start for Children with Disabilities
Implemented in 2011, the Better Start for Children with Disability initiative aims to ensure children with an eligible disability affecting their development, have access to intensive early intervention therapies and treatment from expert health professionals.
Business Enterprise Centres (BEC) Australia
Commencing in 1998, BEC Australia provide advice and assistance to small businesses located throughout Australia.
WorkSafe Victoria is the state’s health and safety regulator and is responsible for the Workers Compensation Scheme. This website provides information and resources for employers to help ensure a safe and healthy workplace.
TAC - Transport Accident Commission
Owned by the Victorian Government, the Transport Accident Commission (TAC) promotes road safety and is responsible for the payment for treatment and benefits for those injured in transport accidents.
Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA): Providers
This website provides information and resources including fact sheets to health service providers for current and former serving members and their families and carers.
Privacy for Individuals: Office of the Australian Information Commissioner – OAIC
Provided by the OAIC, this website provides information, resources and guidelines regarding the privacy of information for individuals and organisations.
Set up by the Government of Tasmania, Business Tasmania has been established as an online support and resource centre for small businesses throughout Tasmania.
Occupational Therapy Work Re-entry Support Package
Additional information about owning/starting your own private practice is available in Section 8: "Owning a Private Practice" of this resource document developed by the Membership Committee of Occupational Therapy Australia, Victoria Division.