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

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Steel, Emily J., Buchanan, Ricky, Layton, Natasha A. and Wilson, Erin. 2017. "Currency and competence of occupational therapists and consumers with rapidly changing technology." Occupational Therapy International. 2017, pp. 1-5. https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5612843
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Currency and competence of occupational therapists and consumers with rapidly changing technology

ERA Journal ID16684
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsSteel, Emily J. (Author), Buchanan, Ricky (Author), Layton, Natasha A. (Author) and Wilson, Erin (Author)
Journal TitleOccupational Therapy International
Journal Citation2017, pp. 1-5
Article Number5612843
Number of Pages5
Year2017
Place of PublicationUnited Kingdom
ISSN0966-7903
1557-0703
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5612843
Web Address (URL)https://www.hindawi.com/journals/oti/2017/5612843/
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.

Keywordsassistive technology; occupational therapy; disability; choice; consumer; assistive products
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020440712. Social policy
420318. People with disability
320699. Medical biotechnology not elsewhere classified
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Queensland
No affiliation
La Trobe University
Deakin University
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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