The Professional body for Occupational Therapists in Ireland

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What does AOTI do?

AOTI has a number of key roles both in Ireland and internationally.

Promoting the Occupational Therapy Profession

AOTI has a range of strategies to promote awareness of Occupational Therapy, including:

  • making representations to policy makers, service planners and health service management to ensure our unique occupational perspective is at the core of health, social and educational structures in Ireland
  • making submissions to consultations to influence national policy and strategy formation
  • issuing press releases to the media
  • presentations at conferences
  • public information leaflets on areas of OT practice
  • promotional items for purchase

Advocacy & Representation

AOTI ensures that your voice is heard at a national level by responding to government policy documents. AOTI relies on the input from the Advisory groups and Council members for these responses. Council members have been working with the Department of Health and Children, the therapy advisory unit, the HSE and the Therapy Projects office in relation to a number of pieces of legislation, their development and implementation and a number of National Service reviews e.g. the National Neurology Review. AOTI represented you in discussions about the Disability Act, the EPSEN Act, the Primary Care strategy, the National Implementation group in relation to training and the long awaited Health and Social care professional Act among other agendas.

Accreditation of OT Programmes in Ireland

The four professional qualification programmes in the National University of Ireland Galway, Trinity College Dublin, University College Cork and the University of Limerick are all AOTI Accredited and Approved by the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT). AOTI carry out the Approval of OT programmes in Ireland on behalf of the WFOT and monitor programmes to ensure the maintenance of the highest international standards of professional education are maintained.

Contribution to National Workforce Planning 

In conjunction with the HSE, AOTI have been working on developing national strategy on work force planning. We have represented you in relation to issues with job descriptions, advertising and the overseas recruitment.

International Representation

The AOTI is a member of the Council of Occupational Therapies for the European Countries (COTEC), European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) and World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) respectively.

Statutory Registration

Registration is a statutory requirement concerned with competency to practice and protection of the public. All occupational therapists in Ireland must be registered with the Occupational Therapists Registration Board - see AOTI will continue to work with members to ensure that standards are developed and maintained. 



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