The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia continued to approve the accreditation of programs undergoing their scheduled reviews during the year. There are now 48 occupational therapy programs of study delivered by 24 education providers across Australia.
In April, the Board published:
Responding to workforce pressures has been a major focus of the Board this year. Growing a safe workforce involves responding to the current acute shortage and maldistribution of registered occupational therapists, while ensuring that the public continues to receive safe care.
The Board published a new webpage with consolidated information for overseas-qualified practitioners who are considering seeking, or who have decided to seek, registration as an occupational therapist in Australia. The Board also collaborated with the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia to streamline the application and assessment process for overseas-qualified practitioners and to reduce duplication and administrative burden.
Further responses to workforce pressures are being developed by the Board and will be implemented in 2023/24.
The Board met with a number of key stakeholders, including:
These meetings provided the chance to discuss emerging issues and to look for opportunities to enhance collaboration on activities that are being carried out across the respective organisations.
In September, the Board hosted a live webinar, Graduating soon?, for upcoming and recent graduates. The webinar was attended by more than 300 students and provided information about registering as an occupational therapist for the first time and information about the role of Ahpra and the Board, and included a live Q&A throughout the session.
In March, we said farewell to Ms Sally Cunningham, our practitioner member from Victoria. Our sincere thanks to Sally for all her valuable contributions to the regulation of occupational therapists. Also in March, we were pleased to welcome Ms Kate Andrews, our newest practitioner member from Victoria.
Ms Julie Brayshaw, Chair