It's time to reform the Occupational Therapy Award


Over the last 15 years, there have been changes the work performed by Occupational Therapists. New technology, new treatments, hospital-in-the-home care, telehealth, and the NDIS have all emerged, while healthcare needs have also changed. 

But while the work has changed, wages and conditions have not.

The NSW wages policy has pushed health professionals’ pay backwards and restricted the ability for Occupational Therapists to negotiate better wages and conditions. OTs are pivotal in the discharge planning process to get people safely home from hospital too after an illness or catastrophic injury. But your work isn’t being valued.

The HSU Occupational Therapist Committee has been preparing a list of award reform issues which will form the platform for the HSU’s campaign to update the Allied Health Awards.

The OT Committee has already identified the following issues:

  • Retention of Occupational Therapists
  • Compressed pay scales
  • Limited progression opportunities
  • On-call and extra call out flexibility
  • Need for a clear and standardised personal regrade process 

Come to a statewide meeting on REGISTER HERE to give your feedback on what the biggest issues are. Register here.

This meeting is open to Union members and OTs who haven’t joined yet. It’s an opportunity for health professionals to find out the importance of being a union member and learn about the crucial work that the HSU Occupational Therapist Committee is doing to improve the Awards.

New members can join at or call 1300 478 679.