What to look for in an OT
Always ensure you are working with an occupational therapist who is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). All occupational therapists working in Australia are required to be registered to practice.
Choosing an occupational therapist is an important decision and often comes down to who is a good fit in terms of personality and skill. Some things you may wish to consider when looking for an OT:
- Do they have experience or further training in the area of practice you need help with?
- Where are they located? Can they travel to you, your place of work or to your child’s school?
- Do you (or your child) feel comfortable and connected with the practitioner?
- How long before you can get an appointment and what are the associated costs?
- Do they accept the funding schemes that apply to you?
- Will it be a 1-on-1 or a group-based treatment?
Why use a member of Occupational Therapy Australia?
Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) is the peak professional body for occupational therapists in Australia. Above and beyond their compulsory AHPRA registration, membership of Occupational Therapy Australia demonstrates that an occupational therapist is dedicated to best practice, ongoing professional development and upholding industry standards.