A national evaluation of the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (1994): A multi-stakeholder perspective

Rodger, Sylvia, Clark, Michele, Banks, Rebecca, O'Brien, Mia and Martinez, Kay (2009) A national evaluation of the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (1994): A multi-stakeholder perspective. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56 6: 384-392. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00794.x


Author Rodger, Sylvia
Clark, Michele
Banks, Rebecca
O'Brien, Mia
Martinez, Kay
Title A national evaluation of the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (1994): A multi-stakeholder perspective
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
1440-1630
Publication date 2009-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00794.x
Volume 56
Issue 6
Start page 384
End page 392
Total pages 9
Editor E. Froude
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
Abstract This paper summarises results from an evaluation of the adequacy and utility of the Australian Competency Standards for Entry-Level Occupational Therapists © (OT AUSTRALIA, 1994a). It comprised a two-part study, incorporating an online survey of key national stakeholders (n = 26), and 13 focus groups (n = 152) conducted throughout Australia with occupational therapy clinicians, academics, OT AUSTRALIA association and Occupational Therapy Registration Board representatives, as well as university program accreditors. The key recommendations were that: (i) urgent revision to reflect contemporary practice, paradigms, approaches and frameworks is required; (ii) the standards should exemplify basic competence at graduation (not within two years following); (iii) a revision cycle of five years is required; (iv) the Australian Qualifications Framework should be retained, preceded by an introduction describing the scope and nature of occupational therapy practice in the national context; (v) access to the standards should be free and unrestricted to occupational therapists, students and the public via the OT AUSTRALIA (national) website; (vi) the standards should incorporate a succinct executive summary and additional tools or templates formatted to enable occupational therapists to develop professional portfolios and create working documents specific to their workplace; and (vii) language must accommodate contextual variation while striking an appropriate balance between providing instruction and encouraging innovation in practice.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code

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