With Demand Booming for Occupational Therapists, Fed Uni Launches New Course in East Gippsland

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The demand for Occupational Therapists is booming. But the supply of them is not, particularly in country areas.

That’s the long and the short of a labour market study on the Occupational Therapy (OT) profession in Victoria earlier this year.

In 2020 Fed Uni will accept the first intake of students into a 4-year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) that we hope will one day graduate to jobs at BRHS and the other regional health services in country Victoria.

For regional hospitals like BRHS, that’s a pressing concern, as we strive to provide the best OTs and other Allied Health professionals like Physiotherapists and Speech Therapists and Dieticians to serve our local population.

So we welcome this bit of terrific news – Federation University has opened a new pipeline for budding OTs at its East Gippsland campus in Churchill.

In 2020 Fed Uni will accept the first intake of students into a 4-year Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) that we hope will one day graduate to jobs at BRHS and the other regional health services in country Victoria.

Learn more about the new OT course at study.federation.edu.au

BRHS OT Lorelle Moors, who was part of a team of local Allied Health professionals that helped shape the new Fed Uni course, said the National Disability Insurance Scheme had created a surge in demand for Occupational Therapy services.

“It’s a rapidly growing profession, and NDIS is one of the key reasons for that,” Lorelle said. “Now, we need to respond to that demand by educating and training new OTs, and attracting them to work in regional areas.”

“It’s a rapidly growing profession, and NDIS is one of the key reasons for that.”

The Fed Uni Bachelor of Occupational Therapy (Honours) course is modelled on gold standard courses elsewhere, but with a specific focus on working as an OT in country and regional areas, where services and patient needs are often different from metro areas.

Lorelle said the new OT course was part of Fed Uni’s broader push to create a hub for health services training in East Gippsland. It is anticipated Fed Uni will launch a new Physiotherapy degree at its Churchill campus in 2021.

Learn more about the new OT course at study.federation.edu.au