Is mindfulness “right” for you? Here’s how it transformed my practice – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC


I’m not here to say whether mindfulness may be right or wrong for you. Only you can explore that for yourself. However, I would really, really like to share the stuff I’ve come across during my mindfulness journey in the hope that it will give you a greater understanding of what mindfulness is and isn’t. [Read More…]

How the NDIA Independent Pricing Review will affect the quality of care provided to disabled people

NDIA independent pricing review report

The Australian Physiotherapy Association (APA) expressed its strong opposition to the National Disability Insurance Agency acceptance of the Independent Pricing Review from McKinsey & Company. The APA believes that if implemented, the 25 recommendations listed in the report will negatively affect the quality of care provided to people with disabilities. Among the recommendations, APA’s major [Read More…]

Practitioner-patient pairs to conspire for the future of health care

collaborative pairs

A new initiative designed to recruit 4 pairs of professionals and patients is expected to pave the way for a better health care system in Australia. “The Collaborative Pairs” program made possible through the joint effort of Consumers Health Forum and the program’s developer King’s Fund of London will run the trial period for two [Read More…]

From the boards – OT, psychology, and pharmacy competency standards and curriculum changes

Updates from the AHPRA boards March 2018

The Boards of three of the major health care professions; occupational therapy, pharmacy and psychology; have recently launched their new competency standards, assessment guidelines, and examination curriculum respectively. The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia released the data 11 months ahead of its effectivity on January 1, 2019 to make practitioners familiar about the changes for [Read More…]

What it’s like being a health professional with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – by Amanda Griffiths, founder MHC

AMG PAH with MHC poster

The two things that distressed me the most with respect to my professional life were my fears. I was scared to death that I was going to make a mistake that would lead to the harm of a patient. I was freaking out that I was going to cause someone to become vision impaired, blind, [Read More…]

Is it about time we had an active nation? ESSA thinks so and is asking for your support!

ESSA for an active nation

In a continued campaign to raise awareness on the benefits of being physically active, Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) launched its new advocacy platform on December 11, with the theme ESSA for an Active Nation. The move calls into action all levels of government, industry stakeholders, and the community to participate in building a [Read More…]

OTA invites submissions for NDIS market readiness inquiry

NDIS market readiness

Occupational Therapy Australia is calling for submissions from member occupational therapists in response to the Joint Standing Committee’s announcement on the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) market readiness inquiry. To provide feedback on the Terms of Reference listed, members should email before 9 February 2018. The inquiry refers to the following market readiness for [Read More…]

2017 – My year in review – by Amanda Griffiths, founder My Health Career

Heart Reef

2017 literally started off with a bang. And ash. Funnily enough it was the ash that made the experience what it was…… I went to the New Years’ Eve Gala at the Opera House, and so saw Sydney’s incredible fireworks display right in the thick of things. The finale of the fireworks was so spectacular [Read More…]

Paramedicine Board of Australia to be established, nursing & midwifery to be established as separate professions & AHPRA disciplinary enforcement powers to be strengthened

Paramedicine Board of Australia

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and National Boards have welcomed the passing of two legislative reforms by the Queensland Parliament and the Parliament of Western Australia in September. A first since the establishment of the National Scheme in 2010, the reforms, Health Practitioner Regulation National Law and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2017 and [Read More…]

Almost 10% of the Australian population receiving Medicare-subsidized mental health care

Medicare-subsidized mental health services

Three days after the celebration of the World Mental Health Day on October 10, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) released the report Mental Health Services: In brief 2017. According to the report, more Australians received Medicare-subsidised mental health care service in 2015 – 2016 than in 2011 – 2012. The data is [Read More…]

World-first guide to developing a workplace wellbeing strategy in health service settings launched by beyondblue

beyondblue health workforce mental health

beyondblue has acted on evidence suggesting that health professionals are at a greater risk of experiencing depression, anxiety and suicide, to produce a guide for health services in developing a workplace mental health strategy. There are a number of benefits for health services that focus on creating mentally healthy workplaces. Research suggests that: Patient experiences [Read More…]

The health and well-being of Australian health professionals – by Kay Dunkely


October is Mental Health Month and it is important for all health professionals to focus on their own mental health to ensure they are in a good position to look after others. Two sayings that come to mind are “put on your own oxygen mask first so that you can help others” and “you can’t [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for occupational therapy courses in Australia

occupational therapy ATAR 2017

There are around 20 universities which offer an occupational therapy qualification Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an occupational therapist (OT). For entry into an undergraduate occupational therapy course commencing in 2017, the ATARs published by universities ranged from 72 to 98. The following table shows [Read More…]

Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy – Differentiating between the “O” and the “P” – by Professor Susan Brandis, Bond University

Study Gold Coast

The two most common questions that Occupational Therapists get asked is firstly “What is that?” and “how is that different from physiotherapy?” Both Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy (OT) have very ancient beginnings, and are sibling professions that share many similarities in history. This in part explains some of the confusion between the two, yet today [Read More…]

Volunteer OTs, psychologists & speechies called on to support refugees and asylum seekers in Victoria

support for refugees

Through the work of the Disability Action Group, AMES Australia have initiated establishment of Refugee Disability Network (RDN) with Occupational Therapy Australia, Speech Pathology Australia and the Australian Psychological Society. The work of RDN is focused on providing immediate, practical solutions to improve health outcomes for newly arrived Refugees by creating shorter pathways to specialist [Read More…]

Submissions invited for Senate inquiry of private health insurance

senate inquiry to examine private health insurance

Individuals and organisations are invited to send their submissions to the Senate inquiry on affordability of private health insurance and out of pocket medical costs by 28th July 2017. Issues around private health insurance have been on the radar of a number of industry organisations for some time, with the Australian Dental Association (ADA) having [Read More…]

Reminder to check, correct & comply with professional and legal advertising obligations

regulated health service advertising

Registered health practitioners are reminded to check, correct and comply with their professional and legal advertising obligations. The National Boards and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) have published a strategy for the National Scheme to help keep health service consumers safe from misleading advertising. AHPRA CEO Mr Fletcher said, “The National Law limits [Read More…]

From scepticism to rolling out the welcome mat: 8 professions respond to the federal health budget

2017-18 federal health budget response

The 2017-18 Federal Budget was handed down on 9 May 2017 by the Turnbull Government. The budget received mixed responses from various health associations and organisations. The freeze will be lifted from bulk billing incentives for GP consultations from 1 July 2017, from standard GP consultations and other specialist consultations from 1 July 2018, from [Read More…]

How to be a Happy Health Practitioner – by optometrist Carina Trinh

Carina Trinh

So, there’s this talk that I feel extremely passionate about that I give to the new graduate optometrists who enter the workforce in NSW/ACT each year as part of Young Optometrists Inc. NSW/ACT that covers the importance of self-care for optometrists. But really, it applies to all health care practitioners.   Being a Health Care [Read More…]

Mindfulness for health professionals – by Dr Kathryn Choules (PhD) and Dr Samantha Clarke (PhD)

Kathryn Choules

Due to my own developing interest in mindfulness in my own practice as an optometrist, and for the wider community of health practitioners, I thought it was worth asking mindfulness teachers and psychologists about how health practitioners can be mindful in their practice and interactions with patients. I was fortunate enough to receive responses from [Read More…]

Opportunity to join WOFT international reviewer team

volunteering in WFOT education review

If you are an occupational therapist and care about entry-level occupational therapy education, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WOFT) invites you to volunteer on an International team to review occupational therapy entry-level educational programmes. The review is part of the WFOT educational programmes approval process. Those who nominate are expected to: Have at least [Read More…]

Robot revolution: why technology for older people must be designed with care and respect

robots for dementia care

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Nola Ries, University of Newcastle and Taro Sugihara, Okayama University Many countries around the world have ageing populations and a growing prevalence of dementia. Japan, in particular, is a “super-ageing” society, with a population getting older faster than anywhere else in the world [Read More…]

Mental health OTs overlooked in mental health management

blind spot around mental health OTs

According to a news item published by Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA), most mental health occupational therapists found that they are being overlooked when clients need mental health intervention. Instead of considering mental health OTs as part of the client management, other OT colleagues tend to refer their clients to a psychologist. According to OTA, Mental [Read More…]

Feedback sought on Parliamentary inquiry into mental health services in the NDIS


As part of the Joint Standing Committee inquiry into the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) scheme, the committee will inquire into the provision of services under the NDIS for people with a mental illness. This parliamentary inquiry has been welcomed by Community Mental Health Australia (CMHA). They are concerned about the needs [Read More…]

Becoming a provider in the NDIS


Registration for individuals or organisations to become a provider of support or products to a participant in the NDIS is open. Key points for consideration for becoming a provider are: So far 17,300 people are benefitting from the NDIS across seven trial sites with over $950 million invested in services and equipment The roll out [Read More…]

Funding for preventative health initiatives reduced: Australia’s Health 2016 report


The Australia’s Health 2016 report has revealed that funding for prevention initiatives has reduced from 2.2% (2008) to 1.4%, contrary to the belief that prevention is better than cure. This goes against the expectation of 76% of Australians that investment in preventive health should be one of the top ten priorities. Public Health Association of [Read More…]

Do you need mentoring after graduating?


CovalentCareers has shared a video featuring Steve Flathers on mentorship as a new occupational therapist. Steve talks about one of the important things to keep in mind when looking for jobs as a new graduate, who makes the transition from a student in the protective shell to a workfield full of responsibility. Since not all [Read More…]

ATAR or OP for occupational therapy courses in Australia

raining ATARS

There are 19 universities which offer an occupational therapy qualification Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an occupational therapist (OT). For entry into an occupational therapy course commencing in 2016, the ATAR ranged from 69 to 97.85. The following table shows the ATAR / OP scores [Read More…]

Progress on the revised competency standards project for OTs

progress on OTs revised competency standards

Back in March, we published an article about revised competency standards development project for occupational therapist. More recently the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia (the Board) has released its communique, announcing that significant progress on the project has been made. Together with Carramar Consulting and members of both reference group and advisory panel, the Board [Read More…]

Exhilarating! My week with the Royal Flying Doctor Service – by Rebecca Irwin – medical student and NRHSN Chair

Rebecca Irwin RFDS week

The unique exhilarating experience of flying to remote communities and stations to provide health care is unparalleled by anything I have experienced thus far. I loved flying with the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) to remote locations, hopping from station to station, community to community, providing health care as we went. Occasionally we were diverted [Read More…]

Telemedicine: A Fundamental Addition to Contemporary Medical Curricula – by Christopher Lemon

Christopher Lemon

“Medicine and technology are intrinsically linked. Many advances in health have been contingent upon synonymous advances in technology. This has become particularly clear in recent times when considering the extent to which to technology has helped to substantially improve not only understandings of disease processes, but also the ways in which they can be managed. [Read More…]

Health industry voices its opinions as the #healthelection2016 looms

health funding around federal election

Health organisations around the country have been lobbying for a greater share of the health spending dollar in the lead up to the election tomorrow. Federal Minister for Health, Sussan Ley, claims to have put patient outcomes at the centre of health reform in the Federal Budget released in May 2016, but many associations are [Read More…]

We’re frozen, there’s no provision for preventative health and it will be difficult for the poor to stay well – the aftermath from the 2016 Federal Health Budget

2016 health budget

The Minister for Health Sussan Ley has said that the 2016 federal budget puts patient outcomes at the centre of health reform, but there doesn’t seem to be much agreement from the health industry. One of the main reasons why the industry hasn’t supported the health budget is due to the freeze on the Medicare [Read More…]

Physio sets up not-for profit exercise club for men with prostate cancer – a Q&A with Jo Milios

Jo Milios

You know you’ve stumbled upon someone pretty special when you come across a PhD candidate who’s doing the “research translation bit” BEFORE finishing their PhD. That’s exactly what Perth physiotherapist Jo Milios has done in setting up PROST! for patients with prostate cancer. You set up PROST! Exercise Club 4 Prostate Cancer in Perth. Can [Read More…]

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is welcoming providers from July 2016

how to be a provider with the NDIS

Participation in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) will soon become available for every health professional interested to become a provider. Over 460,000 Australians with disability will enter the NDIS in coming years. There are growth opportunities for providers who respond to this new demand. Providers will be given the resources and tools to adjust [Read More…]

The first national approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability

early childhood early intervention NDIS

The National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) has marked the first nationally-consistent approach to supporting children with developmental delay or disability by the release of the National Disability Insurance Scheme’s (NDIS) Early Childhood Early Intervention (ECEI) Approach. Under the ECEI approach, a child and their family will be referred to a specialist early childhood access partner [Read More…]

The 10 commandments of patient-centred care

the ten commandments for patient-centred care

A team of UK researchers has transformed their paper, published in the British Journal of General Practice, into a website fully dedicated to covering the 10 commandments for patient-centred treatment. Although it is about general practice, the principles are similar for any health profession, particularly where the profession involves disgnostics, prescribing medications or giving medications [Read More…]

The enhancement process to the Better Access to Mental Health endorsement for OTs

Better access to mental health occupational therapy

After reviewing the processes for endorsement and ongoing participation in the Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) scheme, the Board of Occupational Therapy Australia introduced changes in respect to the application for endorsement process. The aim of the processes, which have been introduced in December 2015, are as follows: To enhance the pathway into the [Read More…]

$250 million for translating medical research into real benefits

Biomedical Translation Fund

The Australian Government will invest $250 million over two years to help translate Australian health and medical research into commercial reality as part of the National Innovation and Science Agenda (NISA). This investment will provide the funds to improve the quality of life of Australians. The Biomedical Translation Fund alongside the Medical Research Future Fund [Read More…]

The role of allied health assistants in supporting occupational therapy practice

Occupational therapy allied health assistant

Occupational Therapy Australia has published a position paper defining the roles, scope, and operational and professional responsibilities of Allied Health Assistants (AHAs) in the delivery of occupational therapy in hospital and the community. The paper will assist occupational therapists in understanding the clinical governance requirements in facilitating the AHA role within an occupational therapy service. [Read More…]

10 year road map for Closing the Gap

ten year road map to close the gap

Minister for Rural Health Fiona Nash has launched an Implementation Plan as a further commitment to Closing the Gap. The Implementation Plan is a ten-year road map: a strategy to better health for Indigenous children, Indigenous youth and Indigenous adults. The Coalition decided to adopt and build on the 10 year National Aboriginal and Torres Strait [Read More…]

What is the ATAR or OP for occupational therapy courses in Australia?

occupational therary ATAR

Click here for our most recent ATAR for occupational therapy in 2017 article. Click here for our ATAR for occupational therapy 2016 article. There are 19 universities which offer an occupational therapy qualification Australia, and the ATAR or OP required depends on the pathway you take to become an occupational therapist (OT). For entry into [Read More…]

Six places where you might find an occupational therapist

where do occupational therapists work

The University of British Columbia’s Master’s of Occupational Therapy class of 2014 made a video titled “The Many Faces of Occupational Therapists” to illustrate what OTs do and where they work. If you are considering to becoming an OT, one of these locations might be where you’ll be working. 1.  Children’s Hospital The task includes [Read More…]

Allied health misses a guernsey in the Medicare Benefits Schedule Review Taskforce – by Amanda Griffiths

Medicare Benefits Scheme Review Taskforce

It’s been about a month since Minister for Health Sussan Ley announced the members of the Federal Government’s Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS) Review Taskforce and the Primary Health Care Advisory Group (PHCAG). Although the PHCAG is made up of members from a number of health professions including physiotherapy, medicine and pharmacy, it is blatantly obvious [Read More…]

Grandparenting rule for occupational therapy registration has ended

grandparenting registration occupational therapists

According to the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia: “After 1 July 2015, the only way to become registered is by completing an approved program of study, demonstrating substantial equivalence or doing an exam or assessment as required by the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia.” From today, arrangements that allowed some occupational therapists to become registered [Read More…]

#WhyWeDoResearch campaign – by Cheryl Prescott and Claire Gibbs

Claire Gibbs and Abby Greaves

“The #WhyWeDoResearch campaign was conceived and launched via Twitter by Claire Gibbs, Senior Clinical Research Nurse (@ClaireGibbsUK) and Abby Greaves, Research Administrator, (@JPUHResearch) at the James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in December 2014. Their intention was to use the hashtag #WhyWeDoResearch as a way to introduce core research team members to the public, [Read More…]

What does a 21.9% increase in the number of occupational therapists mean for the profession?

occupational therapy labour market

Data from the Occupational Therapy Board of Australia’s Registration Data Tables from September 2012 and December 2014 show a sharp increase in the number of occupational therapists with general registration during this time. There was an increase from 13,397 occupational therapists in Australia with general registration in September 2012 to 16,327 by December 2014. While [Read More…]

Call for health professionals to be more aware of signs of child sexual abuse surfaces during royal commission

child sexual abuse in institutions royal commission

The ABC has again reported on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. They recently published revelations by psychologist Terence Kirkpatrick that he was sexually abused by a psychologist at the Royal North Shore Hospital (RNSH) in 1967 when he had been referred to the clinic to be treated for what was [Read More…]

Advertising health services is about so much more than the AHPRA guidelines

advertising laws for health professionals

Health practitioners need to be aware that their advertising must comply not just with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) guidelines where appropriate, but also with national law. Consumer Law The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) is the authority who enforces the Competition and Consumer Act 2010. The Act covers areas including false [Read More…]

The health industry’s reaction to the 2015 Federal Budget

health industry federal budget

As usual, the federal government’s health budget has been a mixed bag for the industry. Professional bodies representing practitioners including podiatrists, pharmacists, occupational therapists, medical practitioners, optometrists, dentists, nurses and medical students have all had something to say about the budget. Here’s a summary……   Building a Healthier Medicare The Government has announced that they [Read More…]

My rant following the most recent round of careers expos….

The dark side of career expos

I have just returned from a series of 4 careers expos in the New South Wales towns of Young, Forbes, Dubbo and Bathurst. Although this website was started especially for high school students considering a career in health and has lots of resources such as videos from real health practitioners and pathways information, there are [Read More…]

Would you spend 30 hours a month with older folk to get free accommodation during uni?

Live in aged care facility during uni

According to a report in The Journal in Ireland, a nursing home in Deventer in the Netherlands is opening its doors for uni students to live with the elderly as housemates. Why would any young free uni students wish to live with the pensioners instead of partying with fellow college roommates? The rent is free. [Read More…]

Polio Australia: Improving Health Outcome for Australia’s Polio Survivors

Polio Australia

Many thanks to Mary-ann Liethof, National Program Manager of Polio Australia for contributing this valuable information for health professionals. Acute Polio Australia experienced waves of polio epidemics throughout the 20th century. However, with the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines, polio was an uncommon infection in Australia by the early 1960s. According to the [Read More…]

Multidisciplinary care of chronic diseases for cost effectiveness and surgery prevention

multidisciplinary care of chronic disease

Services for Australian Rural and Remote Allied Health (SARRAH) have released a report revealing that surgery could be avoided if patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis were seen by multidisciplinary teams of health professionals. Allied health professionals can provide effective treatment that improves outcomes and reduces costs for patients with diabetes, stroke, and osteoarthritis, thus [Read More…]

APS, RACP, RANZCP and RACGP call for children to be released from detention

children in detention

In recent days the Australian Psychological Society (APS), the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP), the Royal Australian & New Zealand College of Psychiatrists (RANZCP) and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) have all spoken out about the mental health of children held in detention. APS The APS President Professor Mike Kyrios stated [Read More…]

AHPRA to introduce further drug screening procedures for practitioners with substance related impairment

AHPRA drug testing for health practitioners

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) will be introducing mandatory hair testing for all practitioners with a substance related impairment. Under the screening protocol, all health practitioners who have restrictions on their registration linked to previous substance abuse will have routine hair testing in addition to the urine drug screening as per the interim [Read More…]

Upskilling online made possible by Monash University

Monash Online courses for health professionals

The health industry is incredibly rewarding yet can be a mentally draining area to work in. Take it from Natasha Jennings of the Alfred Hospital’s Emergency and Trauma Centre, who shared her typical day online at Health Victoria. Her exhausting day begins at 5am and she is seeing patients as soon as she steps into [Read More…]

What do patients think about digital health? By Cathie Reid – Digital Health Summit post 4

technology in health

This is the fourth and final post in my series from the Digital Health Summit at CES 2015, following on from posts on wearables, disrupting the doctor visit, and how pharmacy can avoid its own Kodak moment. It was fantastic to see the program include a session on the patient perspective, as all too often [Read More…]

Is it easy for graduate occupational therapists to get a job in hand therapy?

can graduate occupational therapists get a job in hand therapy

Recently I had the fantastic opportunity to interview Amy Geach, owner and founder of Riverina Hand Therapy, Riverina Kids Therapy and Maida Learning. Being a bit of a superstar in the world of hand therapy, I was interested to know how she landed that first job in hand therapy as a new graduate. Here’s what [Read More…]

The Occupational Therapy education marathon…. 24 hours of OT presentations with OT24Vx!!

Occupational therapy 24 hour virtual exchange 2014

Since 2010, OT4OT has hosted a 24 hour Virtual Exchange (24Vx). It is a fee online continuing education event for occupational therapists. This year, the event will be run in partnership with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). Held from 3 – 5 November 2014, the participants all over the world can adjust the [Read More…]

Where are the occupational therapy courses in Australia?

Occupational therapy courses Australia

For those of you who are looking for information about occupational therapy courses in Australia, Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) has published a list of approved programs. We have divided them into undergraduate and postgraduate categories. Undergraduate 1.    New South Wales: Australian Catholic University Charles Sturt University University of Newcastle University of Sydney University [Read More…]

Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge 2014….. and the winners are….

Team UQ

A couple of months ago I was asked to be the Master of Ceremonies at the Australian HealthFusion Team Challenge. Being offered such a great opportunity is a bit of a privilege, and although I was keen to take part in the day, I was also a bit daunted as it is such a full [Read More…]

Reminder about Therapy Choices for the NDIS

Therapy Choices

In 2013 Occupational Therapy Australia entered into a partnership with the Australian Government to produce Therapy Choices, a website which aims to help people with a disability to better understand the roles of the allied health professionals who are able to provide them support under the National Disability Insurance Scheme. The website lists the roles [Read More…]

Occupational Therapy for Traumatic Brain Injuries

Occupational therapy for traumatic brain injuries

Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when a person’s head is severely hit or shaken, or, when an object enters the brain. The range of injury may be from mild to serious and people who have experienced a TBI may have memory problems, fatigue, poor judgment, confusion as well as anxiety and depression. According to Synapse, [Read More…]

headspace – why are young people presenting for mental health care?

youth mental health Australia

headspace is Australia’s national youth mental health foundation. It provides young Australians aged 12-25 with mental health, general health, education, employment, and alcohol and drug services. It is expected that there will be 90 headspace centres throughout Australia by 2015. A recent article in the Medical Journal of Australia provided statistics about 21,274 headspace clients [Read More…]

South Australia’s first Aboriginal occupational therapy graduate

Indigenous occupational therapist Trevor Ritchie

As a Kaurna man from South Australia, Trevor Ritchie made history when he completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) in 2013, becoming the first indigenous graduate of this course in South Australia. As a child Trevor suffered from health issues and struggled to keep up with the other kids in the classroom at [Read More…]

Patients with chronic diseases – which health practitioners are they being referred to?

Chronic disease referrals

The percentile statistics for the use of the allied health item numbers for patients with a chronic condition who are being managed by their GP under an Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plan have been released on the Medicare website. Under this plan, Medicare rebates are available for a maximum of 5 allied health services per [Read More…]

Allied health practice owners conference – Maida Learning

Cropped DL Flyer FRONT

Allied health professionals and practice owners now have access to education and professional development specifically for their unique business requirements with the establishment of Maida Learning and its inaugural Healthy Practice Conference being held at Canberra’s Hotel Realm on 16 and 17 May. Director of Maida Learning, Amy Geach launched the conference and her third [Read More…]

How much money do occupational therapists earn?

Occupational therapist salary

According to a profile on the ABC, the salary range for occupational therapists employed in Australia range from $45,000 to $80,000 per year. The Australian Government’s Job Outlook has published data from an Australian Bureau of Statistics’ August 2012 survey. According to this data, the median full-time earnings for occupational therapists in Australia were $1300 [Read More…]

Health Fusion Team Challenge registration open to uni students

Health industry report

University students studying a health degree in an Australian university are now able to register a team for the 2014 HealthFusion Team Challenge (HFTC). The HFTC is an award winning program aimed at educating students from different disciplines in the area of collaborative patient care. There are 4 basic steps to being involved in the [Read More…]

Advertising guidelines for health professionals changed… just waiting on official AHPRA documentation

AHPRA Action

AHPRA Action, a campaign led by Melbourne surgeon Dr Jill Tomlinson, to have the Guidelines for Advertising Regulated Health Services changed, has had some success, but is still looking for the guidelines document to be changed. The part of the guidelines in question is in section 6.2.3, where it states that: A practitioner must take [Read More…]

Want to fly to the Northern Territory to inspire the next generation of health practitioners?

NT Rural High School Visits

The Northern Territory Medicare Local is now taking applications for university health students to fly to the Northern Territory to connect with high school students to promote health careers. Participating uni students will have the opportunity to present workshops to high school students to demonstrate the challenges and rewards of health careers, and also share [Read More…]

The road from new graduate occupational therapist to employment!

Occupational therapy jobs market resume

Many thanks to Sophie Ellis, a new graduate occupational therapist for her account of what it’s been like finding a job after graduation. Creating my resume Whilst at Deakin University I attended workshops through the Career Kickstart program that I co-created along with two classmates and two academic staff. These workshops gave me the opportunity [Read More…]

An OT’s interest in occupational opportunities for refugees & asylum seekers


Not so long ago I interviewed Linda Rylands, and occupational therapist who graduated from the University of Queensland in 2002. Linda’s personal experiences of travel to Japan, and also of going to an English-speaking overseas country and noticing vast cultural differences made her wonder what it would be like for refugees and asylum seekers who [Read More…]

Occupational therapy – OT4OT network’s 24 hour virtual exchange

OT4OT 24 hour virtual exchange

OT4OT is a network of occupational therapy professionals who were connected together through Twitter, a website and a Facebook group. It is composed of occupational therapists who are strong supporters of online sharing of information and networking in the profession. Each year in October, OT4OT holds an online 24 hour virtual exchange meeting. The 2013 [Read More…]

Career kickstart for final year occupational therapy students

Occupational Therapy Australia Conference 2013 student forum

My Health Career is excited to publish a guest article from Sophie Ellis, Lauren Parsons and Clare Penny, who are in their final year of their occupational therapy degree at Deakin University. They have put together the Career Kickstart program and presented at the student form at the Occupational Therapy Australia conference in 2013. “We [Read More…]

My career as an occupational therapist – by Nicole Grant

Nicole Grant occupaitonal therapist

Nicole Grant is a Brisbane-based occupational therapist who is currently completing a PhD. She is the founder of Gateway Therapies, which has a team of 6 occupational therapists, a speech therapist and social worker, who deliver mobile therapy services all over Brisbane. We are lucky to have such a great post about Nicole’s career on [Read More…]

Making connections at the Australian Occupational Therapy Conference

Tweeters OTA2013

At My Health Career we are excited to have a guest post from Clare Wilding, an OT who attended the recent Occupational Therapy Australia conference. With more than 20 years of experience as an occupational therapist and academic, Clare currently offers individually-tailored research, writing, professional development, and mentoring/supervision services. Clare’s business, Knowledge Moves, is a [Read More…]

Occupational therapy for Autistic Spectrum Disorder

OT for autism

Autism is a condition wherein the person is unable to communicate or interact well with his surroundings. According to the World Health Organization, autism affects approximately 5 out of 10,000 in Australia, and millions more worldwide. Because of the limitations in interpersonal and intrapersonal skills that children with autism possess, occupational therapy is a perfect [Read More…]

From occupational therapist to stroke survivor to inspirational speaker!!

Emma Gee

We think it’s awesome that Emma Gee has taken the time in her busy schedule to write a guest blog post!! Emma is an occupational therapist, a professional speaker and a stroke survivor. In a moment, Emma’s life changed from that of a professional health provider and long-distance runner to that of a stroke survivor. [Read More…]

Driver Trained Occupational Therapists

Driver trained occupational therapists

Driver Trained Occupational Therapists (DTOT) specialise in driver assessment and rehabilitation. This is to assist people with medical or disability related difficulties which impact on the client’s ability to drive a car. Some OTs also do additional training to assess the ability for clients to drive heavy vehicles such as trucks.   There are three [Read More…]

Occupational therapists on social media – anzOTalk

OT anzOTalk

Occupational Therapy is an example of a health profession in Australia which has an active social media base. A group of OTs have put together anzOTalk, a regular Twitter chat group for OTs in Australia and New Zealand. Allied health professionals, and people with a disability and their carers may be interested and want to [Read More…]

Occupational Therapy Australia resource to showcase allied health via the National Disability Insurance Scheme


Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) was successful in its grant application to the Federal Government Department of Families, Housing, Community services and Indigenous Affairs, which oversees the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS). OTA will be assisting in the transition into the NDIS. OTA is currently designing and online resource which it will build to assist consumers [Read More…]

Why did I become an army occupational therapist?

The Army OT Guy

This month we have an occupational therapy guest blog post with an international twist. Army OT Guy Erik Johnson has allowed us to re-publish an article from his website called ‘Why did I become an army OT?’ You can follow Erik on Twitter: @armyotguy or check out his website:   “I initially enlisted in [Read More…]

OT – The Professor made us think……

OT - Leo

Following is a guest blog by Leonora Coolhaas, a mental health Occupational Therapist working in multi disciplinary clinical education in regional Victoria. Leonora invites you to have a look at the anzOTalk blog that supports a monthly twitter chat for Occupational Therapists and Allied Health professionals in Australia and New Zealand.   “Over the past [Read More…]

Occupation: it’s what we do

OT awareness 2012

Occupational Therapy Week will be celebrated in Australia from October 21-27, coinciding with World Occupational Therapy Day on October 27. This year the theme of national OT week is ‘Occupation: it’s what we do’. It’s all about celebrating and raising awareness about what OT’s do… who else is going to get you back on track [Read More…]

What’s the ‘occupation’ in occupational therapy?

OT - what is occupation

Occupational Therapy (OT) is concerned with improving people’s lives through involvement in daily activities. When people think ‘occupation’, they often think ‘work’. However, to a child, occupation is playing and learning, to an adult with cerebral palsy it may be based around living independently, and to a retiree recovering after a stroke, it may be [Read More…]

Parkinson’s Disease: What’s That Got To Do With Occupational Therapy?

Parkinson's Disease Michael J. Fox

Parkinson’s Disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. The most commonly known symptom is shaking or tremors in the hands/upper limb, but it also causes problems with posture, walking, speaking and swallowing. Well known people who have raised the profile of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) include actor Michael J. Fox and boxer Muhammad [Read More…]