Our Achievements April - June 2023
Your Purpose. Our Mission.
OTA has achieved key wins in advocating for the profession, embarked on a Workforce Development Project, developed resources to support the next generation of OTs and kept our members updated on topics impacting the profession.
Your support is essential to allow us to achieve - Your Purpose is Our Mission.
Advocacy and advancement
Your membership supports our advocacy efforts to ensure the work being done by OTs and the challenges they face are brought to the attention of Government and other decision makers.
Key advocacy areas
Our most recent advocacy wins
OTs have been added to the professionals who can provide mental health services through Employee Assistance Programs (EAP).
NDIS Review Engagement
We achieved strong engagement with the NDIS Review panel after OTA raised key scheme issues.
OTA developed submissions to the NDIS review, NDIS Pricing Review, and Royal Commission into Defence and veteran suicide calling for more access to OT MH services.
Advocate for Mental Health OT in funding schemes
We collaborated with South Australian and Queensland workers’ compensation schemes on new mental health fee schedule items for OTs expected for release in FY 23-24.
Mental Health OT recognition with WorkCover Tasmania
OTA has undertaken advocacy leading to the announcement that WorkCover Tasmania will recognise the mental health expertise of OTs in its Workplace Rehabilitation Provider Accreditation Framework.
Budget Commitment from Tasmanian Government
We achieved a budget commitment by the Tasmanian Government of $6 million over the next few years to fund OT/allied health student placements under the University of Tasmania's new Allied Health Expansion Program.
Insights and industry updates
Free Member Forum
Our Government & Stakeholder Relations team secured an exclusive forum for our members with new NDIA CEO Rebecca Falkingham. This forum saw over 330 of our members get exclusive insights into the NDIA had an opportunity to have their questions answered. Become a member or renew your membership to ensure you’re notified of future member forums.
"Well organised and to the point."
"This was a great opportunity to hear our thoughts and concerns raised in a positive and productive way. Thank you."
"Good questions, representative of what I wanted to hear about - particularly FCAs and recommendations."
"It was encouraging to hear such a positive response from Rebecca and I hope her attitude filters down to the other levels of the agency."