The impact of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) on occupational therapy professional practice education placements in

Miss Wendy Milgate1, Miss Tiegan Jackson2

1ACU, Brisbane, Australia, 2Queensland Health / ACU Graduate, Brisbane, Australia

Background: The number of OT programs throughout Australia is increasing. To meet accreditation requirements, OT students are required to complete a range of professional practice education (PPE) hours and these should occur in a variety of contexts. Currently only 15% of PPE in Queensland occurs in private practice despite almost half of OTs being employed in this sector.  It is anticipated there will be a growth in private practice as the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is implemented across Australia as participants will be able to direct purchase services from private practitioners. Many new graduates are therefore likely to seek and gain employment in an NDIS context and thus PPE opportunities within this context is required.  Concerns have been expressed from university programs and private practitioners alike about how the NDIS will impact on PPE opportunities in private practice.

Method/aim/purpose: This exploratory study seeks to investigate private practice OT’s perceptions of the impact of the NDIS on PPE opportunities in Queensland.  This study aimed to identify barriers and enablers to PPE opportunities within the NDIS context. Focus groups and individual interviews were offered to capture participant’s lived experiences. Data collection occurred in May / June 2018.

Discussion/outcomes: This presentation will report on the findings of this study where the main themes identified will be discussed.

Conclusion: The findings from this study will provide insight for the higher education sector and private practitioners alike on how to enable quality PPE opportunities for students within an NDIS context.

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