Education Queensland provides occupational therapy services to students with disability enrolled in state education facilities. These services focus on the enhancement of education programs and outcomes for students with intellectual impairment, physical impairment, vision impairment, hearing impairment, speech-language impairment, autism spectrum disorder or multiple impairments. Occupational therapy services are delivered as part of the education program and are directed towards education outcomes.
Other service providers, including other government departments, non-government agencies and private practitioners may be involved in the provision of occupational therapy services to students in Queensland state schools. Education Queensland 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 disability.
Further information about the role, responsibilities and services an occupational therapist provides can be obtained in the following documents:
How to request occupational therapy services 115k
Problem solving checklist for teachers 110k
Service request form 130k
Parent/caregiver permission form 97k
Information for parents and caregivers brochure 112k
Student permission form 98k
The professional supervisors and line managers of occupational therapists work collaboratively to ensure an effective management structure for quality occupational therapy services in state schools.
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 line manager is responsible for the local organisation of the occupational therapy service and for ensuring access to appropriate resources.
Further information about line management is available in the Department of Education, Training and Employment Procedure Register Management and Supervision of School Based Itinerant Staff and in The Role and Scope of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services in State Schools 611k.
The professional supervisors in occupational therapy based in regions provide professional supervision of occupational therapists employed by Education Queensland.
Further information about professional supervision and support is available for occupational therapists in The Role and Scope of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Services 611k in State Schools and on the Occupational Therapy Professional Community.
A wide range of resources are available to support and guide occupational therapy services in schools.
Priorities in practice: A manual for occupational therapists and physiotherapists details the approved processes used to ensure that Education Queensland occupational therapy services are provided according to departmental procedures. This manual provides occupational therapists with a framework to identify and prioritise students' needs for occupational therapy services at school.
Education Queensland occupational therapists have access to a broad range of on-line resources and supports including the Occupational Therapy Professional Community.
Occupational therapists may be able to borrow specialised equipment for use with students with disability through a regional loans service. Contact your regional office for more information.
Education Queensland is committed to supporting the ongoing and diverse professional development needs of the workforce to deliver quality outcomes for students. Professional development activities are organised in a variety of ways. Information for occupational therapists can be found at the Occupational Therapy Professional Community and The Professional Development Website.
This page was last reviewed on 08 Mar 2013