Currency and competence of occupational therapists and consumers with rapidly changing technology

Steel, Emily J. and Buchanan, Ricky and Layton, Natasha A. and Wilson, Erin (2017) Currency and competence of occupational therapists and consumers with rapidly changing technology. Occupational Therapy International, 2017 (Article ID 5612843). pp. 1-5. ISSN 0966-7903

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Abstract

Assistive technology was once a specialized field of practice, involving products designed for populations with specific impairments or functional goals. In Australia, occupational therapists have, at times, functioned as gatekeepers to public funding, prescribing products from a pre-defined list. An expanding range of accessible mainstream products available via international and online markets has changed the meaning and application of assistive technology for many people with disability. In the policy context of consumer choice and cost-effectiveness, have occupational therapists been left behind? This paper describes the change in context for access to assistive technology resulting in expanded possibilities for participation and inclusion. A case study of environmental control systems is used to explore the overlap of mainstream and assistive products and the funding and services to support their uptake. The analysis describes a future policy and practice context in which assistive technology includes a spectrum of products de-coupled from access to independent advice and support services. A broader scope of occupational therapy practice has potential to enhance the occupational rights of people with disability and the efficiency and effectiveness of assistive technology provision.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Access to published version in accordance with the copyright policy of the Publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Health and Wellbeing
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2018 01:59
Last Modified: 10 May 2018 00:55
Uncontrolled Keywords: assistive technology; occupational therapy; disability; choice; consumer; assistive products
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1605 Policy and Administration > 160512 Social Policy
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111703 Care for Disabled
10 Technology > 1099 Other Technology > 109999 Technology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920208 Health Policy Evaluation
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services
C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940101 Ability and Disability
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1155/2017/5612843
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/33323

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