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Working Abroad Part 4: Limited Company or Umbrella Company?

4 Feb, 2017
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In the six weeks before I left Australia to start working in the UK, the agencies started asking "Are you going with an umbrella company or a limited company?" I was completely puzzled at why I needed either of them. How do they work? What's the difference? And no one would give any guidance due to...

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Administration & Scoring of the M-FUN - Reflections on the SPD University eLearning course

23 Sep, 2016
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The most important thing I learnt from the SPD University Miller Function and Participation Scales webinars is that this assessment relies on the therapist’s clinical judgement in the administration and scoring. Dr Lucy J Miller and Dr Sarah Schoen, who ran the e-learning courses made it clear that...

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Working Abroad Part 3: Recruitment

7 Sep, 2016
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The UK is an attractive base for young Australians and New Zealanders to gain international professional experience, while travelling the world. Locumming makes this dream a reality. In the UK, locum roles are filled through recruitment agencies.

What is a Locum? The term 'locum' refers to a person...

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Working Abroad Part 2: HCPC Registration (UK)

11 Jul, 2016
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While Australian health professionals are rarely denied registration, the application is definitely not quick and easy. I started the process in July 2015, and was granted my registration on 9th February, 2016. From start to finish, my application took about 7 months. It doesn’t “usually” take...

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Working Abroad Part 1: UK, Here I Come!

26 Jun, 2016
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While studying Occupational Therapy at university, it became clear that working in the UK or Ireland for a couple of years was a very common thing for OTs to do. It’s a well trodden path. It sounded so easy: just get a couple of years' experience, and head on over there! It might even be a way of...

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Miller Function & Participation Scales (M-FUN-PS) Review

13 Jan, 2016
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The Miller Function and Participation Scales (M-FUN-PS) is a standardised developmental assessment for children aged 2 years and 6 months, to 7 years and 11 months. It covers three motor domains: visual motor (VM), fine motor (FM), and gross motor (GM), as well as participation. The M-FUN-PS was...

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Bumbo Baby Seat Review

23 Dec, 2015
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Use of the Bumbo is a hotly debated topic. Paediatric physiotherapists passionately advise against it (see MamaOT's post "Beware the Bumbo," for example), while many parents claim it is a God-send. As an occupational therapist, is there a time when I would recommend the Bumbo seat? Short answer: Yes...

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Quick Guide to Mobile Shower Commodes

9 Dec, 2015
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Knowing where to start when prescribing a mobile over-toilet shower commode chair can be difficult. This quick guide to choosing a mobile shower commode outlines the 10 most important questions that I ask myself or the user, once it has been established that a mobile shower commode is required. Choosing...

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SmartDrive MX2 Review

26 Nov, 2015
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The SmartDrive is a power-assist device that attaches to a manual wheelchair. It works by adding a fifth, powered wheel to the rear of the chair. The wheel attachment also houses the battery, so there is no need for a separate battery pack, as there was with the original SmartDrive. The SmartDrive...

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EquaGel Cushion Review

11 Nov, 2015
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The EquaGel cushion is a relative newcomer to the Australian wheelchair pressure cushion market from Utah, USA. The "EquaGel" name was trademarked in 2011. It is on the Queensland Medical Aids Subsidy Scheme (MASS) Standing Offer Agreement (SOA) for wheelchair cushions, and costs about $250-$300...

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