A national evaluation of the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (1994): a multistakeholder perspective

Rodger, Sylvia, Clark, Michele, Banks, Rebecca, and Martinez, Kay (2009) A national evaluation of the Australian Occupational Therapy Competency Standards (1994): a multistakeholder perspective. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 56 (6). pp. 384-392.

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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.

Item ID: 11544
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: accreditation; focus groups; multiple stakeholders; professional competence; professional standards; registration
ISSN: 1440-1630
Date Deposited: 07 Jun 2010 03:21
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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