Working and Studying in New Zealand and Australia


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Christine Higgins of New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists talks about OT training schools and international student placements in Australasia. COT Annual Conference 2010 (22-25 June 2010)

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Working and Studying in New Zealand and Australia

  1. 1. Working and Studying in New Zealand and Australia by Christine Higgins NZROT, MNZAOT
  2. 2. Why Australasia ? <ul><li>Beautiful </li></ul><ul><li>Clean </li></ul><ul><li>Diverse </li></ul><ul><li>Safe </li></ul><ul><li>Friendly people </li></ul><ul><li>English speaking </li></ul><ul><li>Quality of Lifestyle </li></ul><ul><li>Easy to transfer of skills </li></ul><ul><li>Training similar and highly regarded </li></ul><ul><li>Great professional opportunities </li></ul><ul><li>Career enhancement </li></ul><ul><li>New challenges </li></ul>
  3. 3. AUT WINTEC (Otago programme) Otago New Zealand NZ Occupational Therapy Training Schools <ul><li>Auckland University of Technology (AUT), Akoranga Campus, Auckland </li></ul><ul><li>Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin </li></ul><ul><li>Waikato Institute of Technology, Avalon Campus, Hamilton </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Otago Programme) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>All offer a 3 year degree programme </li></ul>
  4. 4. International Student Fieldwork Placements in New Zealand <ul><li>Two ways to apply for a fieldwork placement in New Zealand </li></ul><ul><li>Apply via NZAOT who will then forward your application to Otago Polytechnic who will co-ordinate a placement for you </li></ul><ul><li>Apply direct to the Auckland University of Technology Study Abroad Programme requesting that one of the papers you wish to enrol in is an occupational therapy professional practice paper </li></ul><ul><li>Direct approaches to individual employers or therapists are not acceptable </li></ul>
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  6. 6. International Student Fieldwork Placements in Australia <ul><li>12 different universities </li></ul><ul><li>All have differing requirements for overseas students </li></ul><ul><li>1.University of Western Sydney Penrith, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>2.University of Sydney Lidcombe, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>3.University of Newcastle Newcastle, NSW </li></ul><ul><li>4.Charles Sturt University Albury-Wodonga,NSW </li></ul><ul><li>5.La Trobe University Bundoora,VIC  </li></ul><ul><li>6.Deakin University Geelong Campus Geelong, VIC </li></ul><ul><li>7.Monash University Melbourne, VIC </li></ul><ul><li>8.James Cook University Townsville, QLD </li></ul><ul><li>9.University of Queensland Brisbane, QLD </li></ul><ul><li>10.University of South Australia Adelaide, SA </li></ul><ul><li>11.Curtin University Perth, WA </li></ul><ul><li>12.Edith Cowan University Joondalup, WA </li></ul>
  7. 7. New Zealand Professional Registration processes <ul><li>Occupational Therapists are legally registered under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act (HPCAA) </li></ul><ul><li>Administered by NZ Occupational Therapy Registration Board </li></ul><ul><li>An extensive documentary one, exams are not a routine option </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Full academic Transcript and Syllabus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>CV </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written application </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural Safety Essay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>References (set format) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certified copies of all original documents </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Once registered you then must hold an Annual Practicing Certificate for the current board financial year. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Eligibility to Practice and Registration in Australia <ul><li>Occupational therapists who have trained overseas and wish to migrate and work in Australia, are required to undergo an assessment conducted by the Council of Occupational Therapy Registration Boards (COTRB) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A written application process </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A period of supervised, assessed work in Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Only four states and territories have a registration requirement. If you wish to practice in any of these states you will need to contact the relevant Occupational Therapy Registration Board.   </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Queensland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Northern Territory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South Australia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Western Australia  </li></ul></ul><ul><li>In the four states without registration, you are eligible to practice once you have successfully completed the COTRB practice audit . </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New South Wales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Australian Capital Territory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Victoria and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tasmania </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Visas <ul><li>Both countries have Working Holiday Visa programmes for UK citizens. These are </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not job offer dependant </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not profession specific </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age restricted </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Both countries have Work Visa and Residency options </li></ul><ul><li>You must have professional registration for all except Working Holiday Visas and Study Visas </li></ul><ul><li>If seeking a student placement, a study visa will be required </li></ul><ul><li>All have varying conditions </li></ul><ul><li>Contact the Immigration Service of the relevant country, not an Immigration Consultant </li></ul><ul><li>Be aware that Immigration and Registration processes are separate, there may be duplication of some documentation required (eg; Police Checks) </li></ul><ul><li>Medical assessments are also required, depending on the visa option </li></ul>
  10. 10. Getting the Sequence Right <ul><li>Gather all the information you need first </li></ul><ul><li>Get Professional Registration Requirements underway </li></ul><ul><li>Decide on either an agency (one only) or to approach employers directly, or follow processes of your chosen OT school </li></ul><ul><li>Get a job using your chosen method </li></ul><ul><li>Complete relevant Visa requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Book flights after you have a job offer, not before </li></ul><ul><li>Jet lag is unpleasant, allow time for it </li></ul><ul><li>Enjoy! </li></ul>
  11. 11. NZ Contact details <ul><li>The time difference varies but on average NZ is 12 hours ahead of the UK, </li></ul><ul><li>so allow for this when making contact. </li></ul><ul><li>NZ Occupational Therapy Registration Board : </li></ul><ul><li>NB: Do not contact COTRB about NZ registration, their web site is not accurate </li></ul><ul><li>with regards to NZ requirements </li></ul><ul><li>NZ Assocoation of Occ.Therapy : </li></ul><ul><li>NZ Immigration Service : </li></ul><ul><li>Auckland University of Technology : </li></ul><ul><li>Otago Poytechnic : </li></ul><ul><li>Presenter : Christine Higgins : [email_address] </li></ul>
  12. 12. Australian Contact Details <ul><li>The time difference varies but on average Australia is between 7 to 10 hours ahead of the UK so allow for this when making contact. </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Association of Occupational Therapists: </li></ul><ul><li>Combined Occ. Therapy Registration Boards : </li></ul><ul><li>Australian Immigration Service : </li></ul><ul><li>University of Western Sydney : </li></ul><ul><li>University of Sydney : </li></ul><ul><li>University of Newcastle : </li></ul><ul><li>Charles Sturt University : </li></ul><ul><li>La Trobe University :   </li></ul><ul><li>Deakin University : </li></ul><ul><li>Monash University : </li></ul><ul><li>James Cook University : </li></ul><ul><li>University of Queensland : </li></ul><ul><li>University of South Australia : </li></ul><ul><li>Curtin University : </li></ul><ul><li>Edith Cowan University : </li></ul>