Queensland Health occupational therapists work in acute hospitals, rehabilitation settings, community and primary health, chronic disease self-management teams, integrated mental health and paediatrics, including developmental assessment teams.
Occupational therapists are employed in major metropolitan hospitals, community centres and services in rural and remote areas.
Queensland Health has a number of innovative programs:
- Community rehabilitation programs
- Transitional care programs
- Community stroke rehabilitation
- Queensland Paediatric Rehabilitation Service
- Spinal outreach team
- Acquired Brain Injury Outreach Service
- Mobile rehabilitation initiatives
- Rapid medical assessment units
Individuals seeking employment as an occupational therapist in Queensland must be registered with the Occupational Therapist Board of Australia.
Internationally qualified occupational therapists
Internationally qualified occupational therapists wishing to practise in Australia are required to have their qualifications assessed for equivalency by the Occupational Therapy Council before applying for registration with the Occupational Therapist Board of Australia.
Occupational Therapy Australia is the national professional association for occupational therapists in Australia. As a member, occupational therapists have access to professional support and resources, and can attend on-going courses, workshops and seminars to maintain and continue professional development. In addition, there is the opportunity for discussion, sharing of knowledge and experience, and promotion of research-based best practice.