Representing the profession
Occupational Therapy Australia undertakes professional representation activities with federal and state/territory government bodies and external agencies over issues of concern to occupational therapists. We regularly contribute to government discussion papers, inquiries and submissions to ensure the profession is represented and promoted at all levels of government and stakeholder groups. As a member, you can be actively involved and contribute towards a range of activities at all stages.
Examples of professional advocacy activities:
Representatives provide professional and organisational representation for a range of National committees and projects across Government Departments, Peak Bodies and other organisations. View a listing of recent and upcoming activities, including international representation.
How do I remain informed regarding current issues affecting the profession?
Watch for updates on our website, in our e-bulletins and in our regular state/territory magazines and newsletters.
Summaries of Interest and Regional group activities appear in the Annual Report. Within these summaries, groups identify areas of change within OT practice in their specialist or regional area, changes in the wider health care context that affect their practice, and any particular OT issues that have arisen within their region or area of practice.
How do I become involved in professional consultation and professional representation activities?
As the Association is approached for consultation, or a member or member group identifies an issues which requires representation, we will either approach a relevant Interest or Regional group directly, or we will call for an Expression of Interest (EOI) for our members to share their expertise. To ensure that you are informed when these opportunities arise, attend Interest or Regional Group meetings and/or ensure that you have checked your area of expertise when joining or renewing your membership.
EOIs are called for in e-bulletins, in state/territory magazines and newsletters or, if very specific, via direct email to members who have indicated their area of expertise in the relevant field.
How do I advise the Association of an issue which I have identified which may be of concern to the profession?
Attend the relevant Interest or Regional group meeting to explore the nature of the issue and the impact on the profession. Should the group as a whole deem that the issue warrants further exploration, the group may prepare an issue paper for the Association which outlines the issue, the impact upon the profession and the suggested action required to address this issue.
Phone or email the Association if your issue is not relevant to an existing Interest or Regional Group. Divisional Council sub-committees exist to address professional issues - your concern may fall within the terms of reference for one of these groups.
If the issue is specific to an individual practitioner, it is the responsibility of the practitioner to address the issue with the relevant stakeholder or agency. The practitioner is welcome to consult with the Association if they require assistance or advice regarding their handling of the issue.