Kymberly Martin

OT Student Careers Forum on August 25

Occupational Therapy Australia’s Student Careers Forum (SCF) 2022 will be held online on August 25, 2022 from 1-6pm AEST.

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The forum is designed to help final year Bachelor and Master occupational therapy students to transition from university to the workplace, hearing directly from clinicians, employers and managers on what matters. This includes presentations, breakout sessions and opportunities to engage with employers, OTs and recruiters.

It presents a unique opportunity to engage with 250+ OT students, as well as offering an opportunity for recruitment of students into the workplace.

Registration is open for students. Early bird registration closes 10 August 2022. For more information visit: https://www.otausevents.com.au/studentcareersforum2022/registration

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A Sponsorship & Employer Hub prospectus is available for organisations, including recruiters and public and private employers, and can be downloaded online.

For more information visit: https://www.otausevents.com.au/studentcareersforum2022/sponsorship-and-employers

In other OT news 700 participants from Australia, New Zealand and Japan made their way virtually or in person to Occupational Therapy Australia’s OT EXCHANGE, held recently in Melbourne.

A strong focus was on the Reconciliation Action Plan, complemented by a keynote address from former Olympic athlete and politician Nova Peris.

The conference program ranged from aged care reablement and wellness to paediatric interventions and occupational therapy in educational settings. Delegates could choose between sessions addressing mental health, technology and equipment supports for disability, return to work and occupational rehabilitation. Professional reasoning in practice and emerging roles in OT, learning and mentorship, were also in focus.

Programs were diverse to reflect the broad scope of practice of the profession.

On behalf of the Australian Association of Gerontology Special Interest Group, Dr Natasha Layton spoke about the importance of digital technology for positive ageing: the global and local landscape of assistive and digital technology.

This critical topic covered digital technologies from the perspective of consumers, practitioners, providers and policymakers, and involved a quick tour of current developments. It included new evidence of digital strategies in rehabilitation and reablement, as well as good practice tips and approaches to further digital inclusion in Australia.

People interested in this topic can go to the following publications:

TechnologyTrends report from the World Intellectual Property Organisation, 2021 https://www.wipo.int/edocs/pubdocs/en/wipo_pub_1055_2021.pdf

The Digital Assistive Technology Product Narrative from AT Scale and global partners https://at2030.org/product-narrative:-digital-assistive-technology/

The Global Report on Assistive Technology from the WHO https://apps.who.int/iris/handle/10665/354357