New graduate occupational therapists feelings of preparedness for practice in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand

Gray, Marion, Clark, Michele, Penman, Merrolee, Smith, Julie, Bell, Joanna, Thomas, Yvonne, & Trevan-Hawke, Judith (2012) New graduate occupational therapists feelings of preparedness for practice in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 59(6), pp. 445-455.

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Aim The development of competent future allied health professionals through academic programmes, professional support and practical education is continually evolving. The aim of this study was to explore the feelings of newly graduated occupational therapists in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand regarding their education and work preparedness.

Methods Newly graduated occupational therapists from Australia (n = 178) and Aotearoa/New Zealand (n = 53) who had completed their occupational therapy studies in 2007 were recruited. Participants completed an online survey which explored their preparedness for work; based on professional competencies.

Results Most newly graduated occupational therapists felt somewhat prepared for practice. However, only 17.1% of Australian new graduates, and even fewer (8.5%) of Aotearoa/New Zealand new graduates felt very well prepared. Participants felt more prepared for the competencies required for ‘managing inwards’ (including interpersonal skills) and less prepared for those required for ‘managing outwards’ (including evidence-based practice).

Conclusions This study provides the first international comparison into the feelings of competence and preparedness for practice of new graduates of occupational therapy from Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand. Given the importance of competencies, such as evidence-based practice to the progress of the profession, there is a need to further explore methods to increase feelings of preparedness in these areas.

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ID Code: 58248
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: competency, new graduate, work preparedness
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2012.01029.x
ISSN: 1440-1630
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 15 Mar 2013 03:47
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2013 03:02

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