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Professional competence for private practitioners in occupational therapy

journal contribution
posted on 2003-01-01, 00:00 authored by Michelle Courtney, L Farnworth
The aim of the present study was to investigate the meaning of professional competence for occupational therapy private practitioners and their experience of the barriers to professional competence. Semi-structured interviews with 16 key informants from private practice in Victoria elicited diverse opinions and experiences. However, the difficulty of assessing competence, and the lack of standards that identify competent practice for occupational therapy were major themes in the findings. The role of theory in competent practice was evident in discussion but it was not clearly articulated by many participants. Experiences of professional socialisation varied yet participants perceived input from peers as contributing to assuring competence. Major barriers to professional competence were identified as professional isolation, time and finances. The present study highlights the complexity of current attempts to assess professional competence for practising occupational therapists including the implementation of an accreditation program by The Australian Association of Occupational Therapists Inc. (OT AUSTRALIA), the peak body representing occupational therapists.

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Journal

Australian occupational therapy journal

Volume

50

Issue

4

Pagination

234 - 243

Publisher

Blackwell publishing Asia

Location

Carlton, Vic.

ISSN

0045-0766

eISSN

1440-1630

Language

eng

Notes

Published Online: 10 Dec 2003

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2003, Australian Association of Occupational Therapists

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