Occupational Therapy Australia position papers

Occupational Therapy Australia produces a range of statements on professional issues. These include Position Papers and Issues Papers.

For information on the development process Occupational Therapy Australia uses to produce Position Papers, click here.

Current position papers

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Occupational Therapy Australia position papers

Occupational deprivation (April 2016)

Position paper: Occupational deprivation | Occupational Therapy Australia | April 2016 [PDF 554Kb]

The purpose of the Occupational Deprivation position statement is to outline the position of Occupational Therapy Australia in relation to occupational deprivation. This position statement is intended for occupational therapists but may also be useful for individuals and groups interested in working towards the creation of a fairer and more socially inclusive Australia.

Occupational therapy and driver assessment and rehabilitation (October 2015)

Position paper: Occupational therapy and driver assessment and rehabilitation | Occupational Therapy Australia | October 2015 [PDF 547Kb]

Developed to guide future practice and developments, and facilitate consistency of practice nationally in the area of driver assessment and rehabilitation, this position paper:

  • outlines Occupational Therapy Australia’s position in relation to the advanced practice status of occupational therapy driver assessment and rehabilitation
  • documents assessing and training of drivers with disabilities or impairments must be performed by occupational therapists with post-graduate driver qualifications for Driver Trained Occupational Therapists
  • documents the current status of driver assessment and rehabilitation in Australia
  • outlines a range of policy and environmental factors shaping this area of practice
  • provides practice guidelines for occupational therapy in driver assessment and rehabilitation.

The role of allied health assistants in supporting occupational therapy practice (October 2015)

Position paper: The role of allied health assistants in supporting occupational therapy practice (October 2015) | Occupational Therapy Australia | October 2015 [PDF 568Kb]

For many years allied health (OT) assistants have been part of many public sector occupational therapy departments. With the increased opportunities for assistants arising from the NDIS and aged care reforms and with many workforce reviews in progress by Governments, Occupational Therapy Australia, like many of our other allied health association colleagues, have been developing position statements to guide practice in this area.

This paper acknowledges the value these roles can bring but highlights the importance of supervision, clear lines of delegation and core training and identifies key tasks that assistants can appropriately conduct.

Occupational therapy in palliative care (August 2015)

Position paper: Occupational therapy in palliative care | Occupational Therapy Australia | August 2015 [PDF 555Kb]

This position paper:

  • outlines the role of occupational therapy in palliative care in Australia
  • provides an overview of the contextual factors experienced by the profession of occupational therapy in this practice setting
  • proposes recommendations to improve practice and relevant policy.

Occupational therapy in oncology (August 2015)

Position paper: Occupational therapy in oncology | Occupational Therapy Australia | August 2015 [PDF 553Kb]

This position paper:

  • outlines the role of occupational therapy within integrated person-centred care in oncology
  • aims to inform consumers, clinicians, academics, health service managers, professional associations and government bodies as to occupational therapy practice in oncology
  • will inform service and policy development at a local and national level.

Provision of bed sticks and poles (March 2015)

This position paper is under review.

Work and health (June 2013)

Position paper: Work and health | Occupational Therapy Australia | June 2013
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This position paper:

  • outlines the position of Occupational Therapy Australia on work
  • describes the benefits of work to health and articulates the role of occupational therapy in the work service area.

Position paper development process

The following development process is used for the range of practice and standards documents produced by Occupational Therapy Australia:

  • a position paper is drafted
  • the draft paper is reviewed by the National Professional Practice and Standards Committee
  • the paper is endorsed for member circulation by the Board of Occupational Therapy Australia
  • the draft paper is released for member comment
  • a consumer consultation process occurs, as well as limited release to key stakeholders
  • the paper is approved for publication by the Board of Occupational Therapy Australia
  • the paper is published.

Position papers are regularly reviewed, and new papers written in response to environmental factors. In line with evidence-based practice principles, statements of evidence are collated to underpin the content of all statements, and are available from the National Manager: Professional Practice and Standards.