New competency standards launched for Australian occupational therapists

The Occupational Therapy Board of Australia launched the new Australian occupational therapy competency standards (AOTCS) 2018 on Monday 21 February 2018.

IAHA consulted with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Occupational Therapist Members and submitted comprehensive feedback into these new standards and is pleased that our assertions and recommendations have been taken on board and integrated throughout the standards.

The new competency standards specifically acknowledge the need for occupational therapists to enhance their cultural responsiveness and capabilities for practice with respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.

IAHA holds that it is essential that regulatory mechanisms explicitly articulate the qualities and behaviors required by health professionals to ensure that their practice is culturally safe and responsive for our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities, and thereby contribute significantly to the delivery of high quality health services to all Australians requiring care.

IAHA members hold a wealth of discipline-specific and cultural expertise and as such, IAHA will to work continue to work closely with membership on future consultations across all disciplines to keep cultural and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-specific references, perspectives and considerations embedded within industry standards. This work is vital to create standards in practice that hold professionals accountable for gaining the necessary skills, knowledge and experiences to work effectively with and ensure  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples receive cultural safe and responsive care.

 For a copy of the new competency standards and resources that can be used within your organisation please visit:


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