Austria National OT News
News from Austria, 2017
Recently Ergotherapie Austria could reach a lot of its aims for occupational therapists in Austria.
In April 2017 the law concerning registration of allied health professions passed the national assembly of Austria. Therefore, mandatory registration for occupational therapists will start on 1st July 2018.
In spring 2017 Ergotherapie Austria started a project group to establish a competence profile for occupational therapists, which can be used in practice, education and research as well as in negotiations with stakeholders.
In May 2017, Dr. Verena C. Tatzer, OT, MSc. became the first head of the newly established section “clinical gerontology” of the ÖGGG (Österreichische Gesellschaft für Geriatrie und Gerontologie/Austrian Society for Geriatrics and Gerontology). In this position, Verena Tatzer is also a member of the executive committee of ÖGGG. The section “clinical gerontology” is responsible for inter-professional collaboration in elder care. (https://www.geriatrie-online.at/english/)
In September our office moved into new facilities and reopened with more generous space. Particular the opening of the educational centre is a milestone and underlines the leading role of Ergotherapie Austria as the biggest provider of specific training courses for occupational therapists in Austria.
Currently, the executive board of Ergotherapie Austria conducts negotiations with the Ministry of Health concerning the amendment in the profession’s law. Of particular interest in these process is the topic of referrals to occupational therapy.
Last, we were very pleased that we had the chance to host the 5th COTEC General Assembly from September, 29th till October, 1st. 36 representatives and observers from 22 national associations joined the Assembly in Vienna. We want to thank you all for the constructive and highly professional discussions during these two days.