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Welcome to the Occupational Therapy International Online Network (OTION).

Our goal is to provide an online resource for the international occupational therapy community through this on-line forum.

You will have the opportunity to participate in discussion topics related to your practice area and interact with your international colleagues. A moderator, who will be a resource to the group, monitors each topic.

We look forward to your participation and contribution to international occupational therapy practice.

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#51 Sunday 22nd of January 2017 02:59

KelG04
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi,
This forum has so much potential to connect OT's with interests & skills to utilise in different countries! It was interesting to read through all the posts.

I am an OT from Australia, with a background in adult, physical rehab, community health, & acute settings. I'm sorry I can't offer information regarding visa & work requirements here, but would suggest contacting OT Australia, the national professional association, https://www.otaus.com.au/contact for help. Melb. Victoria has additional contact details there also.

I'm moving to Chiang Mai, Thailand mid year.  Does anyone have information or any useful OT resources/contacts for Thailand??

Thanks!

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#52 Wednesday 25th of January 2017 00:17

Valerie Kiley
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi everyone,

I am interesting in helping set up fieldwork placements for youth mental health promotion and prevention in makerspaces. Is anyone an OT educator, practitioner or student that could help start some conversations around that?

Val

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#53 Saturday 11th of February 2017 18:44

NDYOWAAWE
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Yeah
Val we can partner in that

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#54 Wednesday 1st of March 2017 22:32

Jorieke
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Peter.CanadianOT wrote:

Hello Everyone!!
It is great to see how OT is spread out across our globe.
I'm Peter Drzymala an OT of 23yrs. currently employed in the capacity as the Professional Practice Lead for LIH Sky City Rehabilitation Hospital in Kunming, China.  It is a new 104-bed Rehab facility in the southern part of China that is scheduled to open in Jan. of 2017.  Our intention is to bring high quality, evidence-based, client-centred rehabilitation to the population of China and also to provide Professional Development for OTs in China.  It is an exciting and challenging opportunity.  I would happy to answer anyone's queries about working in China and/or OT in China.
I am also looking to recruit and hire OTs who have at least two years of experience.  Please contact me and I can provide more details.

hello Peter, I tried to sent you a personal email. Did you receive?  I would like to get in contact with you because I might move to Shenzhen, china. Kind regards, Jorieke

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#55 Sunday 12th of March 2017 10:27

Kristi
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi all,

I am a US licensed OT and plan to start work with a school in the Netherlands. Does anyone know the appropriate way to handle US state licensure in this case? Of course, my NBCOT certification and requirements will be up do date but is it best to place my state license on inactive status?

Thanks for any advice!

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#56 Thursday 16th of March 2017 20:22

dezsic
Member

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Hi, I am an occupational therapist working in the United States.  I am interested in working as an occupational therapist in another country.  Does anyone know if there are certain resources to look at job postings? Thanks

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#57 Friday 24th of March 2017 09:03

iigbo1
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello everyone my name is Ike Igbo, Dr.OT, I recently moved to Malawi from the USA and was curious if anyone knew of opportunities in Southeastern Africa for OTs.

Thanks

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#58 Wednesday 5th of April 2017 14:25

Dominick
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

I am Dominick Occupational therapist from Tanzania (male). I hold BSc and MSc in Occupational therapy.
I have experience of working with adults with physical and mental conditions. I am looking for job in either Dubai or quatar.
Alvin please if you have any idea kindly advice me since your working their.

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#59 Monday 17th of April 2017 19:16

Bongi
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi everyone

My name is Bongi and I am a qualified OT based in the UK with over a year experience working as a clinician in the Elderly Rehabilitation unit. Trained OT in the UK. I would like to work for NGO in Africa particularly in the West, Central and Southern parts of Africa. Any information to help me establish the post in Africa is welcome as my aim is to work with less privileged countries to promote OT.
Looking forward for informative data.

Kind regards
Bongi

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#60 Saturday 29th of April 2017 14:33

Kathrynwalton
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

srodriguez wrote:

Hello everyone!

My name is Sarah and I am a current student pursuing my masters at Texas Woman's University in Texas. My husband has accepted a job in Abu Dhabi and I am looking into moving over with him once I graduate. Does anyone have any insight to any resources that would provide me with qualification requirements to work in Abu Dhabi or Dubai? Most of the job postings I see require two years of experience, would an new grad be considered?   

Thank you!!


Hello my name is kathtyn waltonni am a COTA in texas and am interested in working overseas,  possibly Dubai. As you mentioned in your comment you and your husband have accepted a job there. My question is ; how would i go about applying for a job in another country?
Thank you for any help you may be able to offer
Kathryn walton

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#61 Saturday 29th of April 2017 14:40

Kathrynwalton
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Peter.CanadianOT wrote:

Hello Everyone!!
It is great to see how OT is spread out across our globe.
I'm Peter Drzymala an OT of 23yrs. currently employed in the capacity as the Professional Practice Lead for LIH Sky City Rehabilitation Hospital in Kunming, China.  It is a new 104-bed Rehab facility in the southern part of China that is scheduled to open in Jan. of 2017.  Our intention is to bring high quality, evidence-based, client-centred rehabilitation to the population of China and also to provide Professional Development for OTs in China.  It is an exciting and challenging opportunity.  I would happy to answer anyone's queries about working in China and/or OT in China.
I am also looking to recruit and hire OTs who have at least two years of experience.  Please contact me and I can provide more details.

Hi peter my name is kathryn walton I am a COTA with two years experience in the acture care/SNF setting. I am interested in working overseas in China as a COTA. I would love the opportunity to speak with you about your practice!
Kathryn

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#62 Sunday 2nd of July 2017 10:53

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi all,

Exciting to know you're all out there should I ever have the opportunity to visit your countries!

Some info about working in Australia:

Information about registration to practice as an OT in Australia: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/R … oners.aspx

Information about skill visas to Australia: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Work/Work … sol-mltssl

Never pay for migration advice without checking they are an authorised agent: https://www.mara.gov.au/search-the-regi … on-agents/

Hope that's helpful for anyone planning to visit Australia!

Sincerely,

Clarissa


Settlement Services Coordinator, Migrant Resource Centre. All views my own. Sporadic tweets from Tasmania @ClarissaAdriel

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#63 Tuesday 4th of July 2017 00:26

stephab
Member

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Hello OTs!
Wow this is incredible! It is so great to hear about OTs across the globe!!
My name is Stephanie and I'm a Canadian OT. I've been practicing for 7 years now in various areas of practice and loving every minute. I've worked in various practice areas in Ontario, Nova Scotia and most recently in Nunavut (it's my new favourite place in Canada!). I'm always looking for new opportunities to learn and continue to grow.
I'm currently looking to move to Japan but do not speak the language. I realize this means I cannot be licensed and wondering if anyone has any experience or advice in looking for work opportunities related to OT?
Thank you so much!!!
Cheers
Stephanie

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#64 Monday 24th of July 2017 19:06

Bongi
Member

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Hi Stephanie
Hope this will find you well.I am currently based in the UK working in an elderly rehab ward. I enjoy working with the elderly. I have an experience of about 18 months post qualification. What experience is required for someone to work in Canada? I would like to relocate to Canada and work in elderly rehab or people living with mental health issues or Learning disabilities.
I would be grateful if you furnish me with some details.
Regards
Bongi

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#65 Thursday 28th of September 2017 01:55

Renee Agnew
Member

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Hi all,

I am currently a 4th year OT student at University of South Australia and for my last portfolio I am looking into the locum overseas application process for Canada and the UK. I have always wanted to work overseas at some point in my career and thought I would use this opportunity to understand about the requirements and what I need to do to start the application process.

I was wondering if any one had any valuable information or advice that may be useful?

Thanks so much
Renee

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#66 Monday 16th of October 2017 21:34

Brianp
Member

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Hi, my name is Brian and I'm an Paediatric Occupational Therapist working in Ireland.  I'm looking into moving to Italy to work.  Any advice would be welcome, or pointers as to getting my qualification accredited, working visas etc.

If anyone requires information as to working in Ireland, let me know

Looking forward to linking in with you all.
All the best,
Brian

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#67 Thursday 19th of October 2017 16:02

TCraver
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

stephab wrote:

Hello OTs!
Wow this is incredible! It is so great to hear about OTs across the globe!!
My name is Stephanie and I'm a Canadian OT. I've been practicing for 7 years now in various areas of practice and loving every minute. I've worked in various practice areas in Ontario, Nova Scotia and most recently in Nunavut (it's my new favourite place in Canada!). I'm always looking for new opportunities to learn and continue to grow.
I'm currently looking to move to Japan but do not speak the language. I realize this means I cannot be licensed and wondering if anyone has any experience or advice in looking for work opportunities related to OT?
Thank you so much!!!
Cheers
Stephanie

Hi Stephanie,
   I am an american, who got my OT PGdip in the UK, and am currently working for the NHS in London, United Kingdom at one of the major hospitals on a rotational position. I have only just began my career, but looking to get some solid experience over 2-3 years here before moving to Canada to practice, potentially in the BC (Vancouver) area. Any and all advice would be greatly appreciated!!

I'm also happy to help anyone who is looking to get a job within the NHS in the United Kingdom. There is a big need for qualified OTs here!! If you take a look at the NHS jobs website, it is a great resource to narrow down where in the UK you are looking (type in the city, and range) and Occupational therapist as your profession for the job reference. https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/

I applied to many jobs through this service and it was easy because you can use the same application for each job, just changing your cover letter slightly to reply to the job offer for the specific details. I will say, all of the jobs that offered me an interview were not offering virtual interviews as they have a practical element, so if you are not already currently located in the UK, you may have to travel for a job interview.

Thanks,
Tessa

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#68 Tuesday 24th of October 2017 20:15

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Hey,

My name is Queen. I'm an Occupational Therapist in England, UK. I'm looking to move to Vancouver Canada in the next year or so. I was wondering if there was anyone here that had moved to Canada in the past 2 years to work as an OT or knows someone else who has done? I am looking to start the assessment process called SEAs which we have to do now before sitting the national OT exam in canada. I'm just concerned about how to prep for the Competency assessment in SEAs and also how to prep for the national OT certification exams? There are a few things on the SEAs and CAOT website but it's not very explicit. I've downloaded some past questions for the national exam but my main concern is the competency assessment in the SEAs process.

Any suggestions will be helpful.

Thanks!

Queen

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#69 Wednesday 15th of November 2017 20:16

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Bongi wrote:

Hi Stephanie
Hope this will find you well.I am currently based in the UK working in an elderly rehab ward. I enjoy working with the elderly. I have an experience of about 18 months post qualification. What experience is required for someone to work in Canada? I would like to relocate to Canada and work in elderly rehab or people living with mental health issues or Learning disabilities.
I would be grateful if you furnish me with some details.
Regards
Bongi




Hey Bongi.

I work as an OT in the UK too. Have you started the process of migrating to Canada as an OT?

Kind regards

Queen

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#70 Monday 8th of January 2018 16:00

12amr
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello!

My name is Adi and I am an Occupational Therapy student studying at Queen's University, in Canada. Upon graduating, I am hoping to find work abroad. I am open to a variety of locations and settings. I am reaching out to this network of like-minded professionals regarding the process of finding work abroad and how it works logistically with your license and college requirements. Specifically, if anyone is familiar with transferring to the UK, that would be greatly appreciated. Any Canadians who have had similar experiences, I would love to connect.

This forum is a fantastic resource, and I look forward to hearing about such unique and diverse experiences.

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#71 Thursday 18th of January 2018 21:19

MetteJensen
Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello.

My name is Mette and I am a Danish Occupational Therapy student soon to be graduated. I'm very interested in working overseas in Canada or The US. Can anyone tell me how to get the process started? What are the chances of getting a work license as an OT?

Any kind of information would be very helpful.

Thanks.

Mette

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#72 Thursday 22nd of February 2018 01:45

silvinaf29
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Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hi, my name is silvina. I am a graduate in occupational therapy graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. I specialized in child and adolescent psychopathology and eight years ago I work in the only hospital specialized in pediatric mental health in Latin America. I want to work in another country, take my experience and acquire new ones.

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#73 Tuesday 27th of February 2018 15:03

Rebecca84
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Hey everyone, my name is Rebecca, I'm from germany and I'm in my training to become an occupational therapist. I'm really interested in doing an internship aborad with ERASMUS +. I'd love to do it in Italy. But unfortunately it is very difficlt to find OT practices for paediatric in Italy in Internet.
Is anybody of you an OT in italy or could you give me any advices for other possibilities to find practices in Italy ?
I'm grateful fort any kind of help :-)
Best wishes, Rebecca

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#74 Tuesday 27th of February 2018 17:46

TargetingTheGlobe
Moderator

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Good Day, Everyone:

In scanning through the various posts, questions and suggestions, it strikes me that people are accessing this communication method very well!


It looks like people from around the globe are doing what occupational therapists do best: supporting and collaborating one another beautifully in problem-solving and navigating various topics on a global community basis!

Well done, Everyone!

All the best,

Lorie Shimmell, OTION Facilitator
McMaster University
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

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#75 Tuesday 6th of March 2018 02:53

hantwi
New Member

Re: Welcome to "Working in Another Country" !

Hello, my name is Hannah and I am a COTA living in the USA and I am going to school for my masters in OT. Are there any OTs in England, Switzerland, Sweden, Germany or Italy that can give me some insight on how it is to practice OT in your country? Also, for a foreigner, is it easy to find jobs that will sponsor my visa?

Thanks in advance,
Hannah

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