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Occupational therapists

Occupational therapy services are provided to students with disability enrolled in state schools and state education programs and services.

Occupational therapy services in the Department of Education and Training (DET) aim to meet the specific needs of students with disability that influence their occupational performance (i.e. what students need to do at school). The purpose of DET occupational therapy services in state schools is to promote students' well-being, participation and success in the daily occupations of school life, such as studying, playing and working.

Occupational therapists use specialised knowledge of the skills and abilities required for learning and occupational performance at school (including movement and sensory, cognitive and psychosocial skills), along with expertise in design of tasks, environments and equipment to deliver evidence-informed strategies for occupational success. Services are delivered through collaboration and embedding advice in curriculum activities and classroom routines to enhance learning engagement and achievement.

Departmental occupational therapists are committed to working collaboratively with other team members, including those from other agencies, to achieve the best possible education outcomes for students with a disability.

About the role

Information about the role, responsibilities and services an occupational therapist provides:


The following professional registrations and qualifications are required for employment as an occupational therapist:


Occupational therapists provide services to a number of schools within a region. Line managers for occupational therapists are determined by regional personnel in consultation with relevant stakeholders.

In most instances the line manager is the principal of the base school. The professional supervisors of occupational therapists work collaboratively with line managers to ensure an effective management structure for quality occupational therapy services in state schools.

The line manager is responsible for the local organisation of the occupational therapy service and for ensuring access to appropriate resources.

Further information is available in the Management and Supervision of School Based Itinerant Staff External Link procedure.


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This page was last reviewed on 02 Aug 2017

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