Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

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What does an Occupational Therapy Assistant do?

An Occupational Therapy Assistant works with individual clients to deliver therapy programs. You'll follow a plan prepared by an occupational therapist and you might work in a specialist clinic or in a client’s own home. Occupational Therapy Assistants might address issues such as behavioural concerns, daily living activities or fine motor skills. You might work with people with a disability, elderly people or people who are recovering from illness or injury.

Occupational Therapy Assistants need to have strong personal skills and be able to communicate with clients with a range of needs. It’s important that you are patient and can understand your clients’ concerns. Occupational Therapy Assistants should be able to follow a therapy plan and work to correct procedures.

Occupational Therapy Assistant Courses

There are 3 courses available for people who want to become an Occupational Therapy Assistant.

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How much does an Occupational Therapy Assistant earn?

In Australia, a full time Occupational Therapy Assistant generally earns $1,050 per week ($54,600 annual salary) before tax. This is a median figure for full-time employees and should be considered a guide only. As you gain more experience you can expect a potentially higher salary than people who are new to the industry.

What are the job opportunities for an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

There has been very strong job growth in this field over the last five years. There are currently 5,400 people employed in this industry in Australia and many of them specialise as an Occupational Therapy Assistant. Occupational Therapy Assistants may find work across all regions of Australia.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook 2020

How do I become an Occupational Therapy Assistant?

If you’re interested in a career as an Occupational Therapy Assistant, consider enrolling in a Certificate IV in Allied Health Assistance (Occupational Therapy). You’ll develop the skills to deliver occupational therapy programs for a range of clients. A Certificate III in Allied Health Assistance may also be appropriate.

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Job Pathways

Here are some potential career pathways within occupational therapy. Click on the occupation for information on the course you should enrol in to start your journey.

Sourced from The Australian Apprenticeships & Traineeships Information Service (aapathways.com.au) funded by the Australian Government Department of Education and Training and MySkills.gov.au.