Here is an update from the Occupational Therapy Council (Australia & New Zealand) Inc. (OTC) on the National Registration Scheme for OTs in Australia.
Occupational therapists in Australia will join the Commonwealth Government National Registration and Accreditation Scheme in July 2012. The scheme, which commences in July 2010 for the 10 currently nationally registered professions, will ensure for the first time that all occupational therapists in Australia are registered health professionals.
Currently, occupational therapists in Queensland, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory are registered with State-based registration boards, and will transition automatically into the new National Scheme in 2012.
Occupational therapists in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT, who have never been registered under State legislation, will be required to apply for registration to continue their professional practice. This includes not only occupational therapists who work in positions designated as “occupational therapist”, but all those that hold themselves out in any way as an “occupational therapist”, regardless of the job title.
The key advantages of national registration is to ensure the safety of consumers of occupational therapy services by ensuring practitioners across the country are appropriately qualified and competent to practise. National registration also facilitates workforce mobility across state and territory borders.
Occupational therapists and their employers will be required to ensure that occupational therapists in all States and Territories hold registration under this new scheme, commencing in July 2012. Students in occupational therapy programs will also need to be registered.
Members of both Occupational Therapy Australia and the Occupational Therapy Council of Australia and New Zealand are working together to stay apprised of developments in the new scheme and will update occupational therapists with new information as it comes to hand. We aim to ensure that all occupational therapists are adequately prepared and fully aware of the requirements for registration in plenty of time prior to 1 July 2012.
Detailed information about the National Registration and Accreditation Scheme is available from the
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency.
All I have to say about this is, it is about time! I am happy that it has finally progressed into this stage. Alright, time for me to go back into therapy — wholesale apparel therapy, that is!
Y’all have a good week ahead!