Visioning the future for practice education

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Gustafsson, Louise
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Quality practice education is an essential component of the programme of study for occupational therapy students, assisting in their development of profession‐specific competencies and graduate attributes. The landscape of practice education is undoubtedly changing as the profession accommodates increasing student numbers, and responds with innovative models of supervision and practice education opportunities. In this context, the recommendation that up to 200 hours of practice education could be delivered using simulation or standardised patients (Rodger, Bennett, Fitzgerald & Neads, 2010) was welcome. It is human nature to be cautious of something that is new or different to what we have ourselves experienced. So although the recommendation has been implemented in most occupational therapy programmes across Australia, there remain mixed responses within the professional community to this innovation. The inclusion of simulation and standardised patients in the early years of the programme provides a controlled and high‐quality experience for students to develop and refine key professional skills and competencies. It is important that we continue to demonstrate how all practice education experiences meet expected professional standards.

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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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63
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5
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© 2016 Australian Association of Occupational Therapists. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Visioning the future for practice education, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, Volume 63, Issue 5, Pages 301-302, 2016, which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12332. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving (http://olabout.wiley.com/WileyCDA/Section/id-828039.html)
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Gustafsson, L, Visioning the future for practice education, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 2016, 63 (5), pp. 301-302
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