Ireland National OT News

News from Ireland, 2016

Greetings from the Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland (AOTI)

2016 has certainly been a busy and exciting year for us all at AOTI. For the first time, we have surpassed 1,000 members! We hope to see this number grow even further in the coming years and have lots to offer our members in terms of CPD, networking, research, clinical training and educational opportunities. If any of our European colleagues wish to join our organisation you can do so as an overseas member at a greatly reduced rate. The benefits of membership to AOTI are summarised in the following link: https://www.aoti.ie/page.aspx?contentid=55 

AOTI continues to recognise the importance of ensuring evidence-informed best practice, effectiveness and efficiency in the delivery of Occupational Therapy services in Ireland. The Association has developed a Research Strategy to ensure a clear direction for occupational therapy research in Ireland. This strategy fits national, cross-sectoral contexts, that represents the voice of the occupational therapy research agenda for Ireland 2014-2019. It is available at https://www.aoti.ie/attachments/8a23f621-5556-4e9f-b546-3198d0234c34.PDF.

In order to further support our research vision, the Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT) will become an Open Access Online Journal in 2017. This is an exciting development for the organisation and an important milestone in increasing our research visibility. We invite people from all over Europe to submit occupational therapy research to this journal for peer review. For further information please go to https://www.aoti.ie/publications-page.aspx?contentid=400

In early 2017 all occupational therapists working in Ireland will be registered with CORU, our newly established national registration body. This is an important step in regulating our profession and ensuring professional standards. AOTI welcomes this progress and has ensured to work closely with CORU to support our members.

The first ever COTEC-ENOTHE conference took place on our shores in 2016 and it was great to meet so many colleagues and friends from all over Europe at this event. We are currently organising the Association’s national conference for next year. This conference will take place in the Radisson Hotel in Limerick on the 21st and 22nd of April 2017. This promises to be an interesting conference with lots of practical presentations focused on clinical practice initiatives. The theme of this year’s conference is “Looking Back, Moving Forward”. ‘A tree stands strong not by its fruits or branches but by the depth of its roots’, (Anthony Liccione). We extend a warm invitation to all COTEC members.

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