OTASA (The Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa) is a non-profit professional organisation representing the interests of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants across South Africa.

Our main goal is to further the practice of Occupational Therapy, and we take pride in representing the profession.

OTASA is furthermore dedicated to the advancement of the occupational therapy profession and the improvement of services to the consumer. More


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Locum Occupational Therapist post available at Magalies Spec...Read more

Locum Occupational Therapist post available at Magalies Special School in Rietfontein, Pretoria from March 19, 2018 to June 22, 2018. The school caters for Mild to Moderate Intellectually Disabled (MID) learners between the ages of 13 and 18 years. Requirements: Occupational Therapy degree, HPCSA registration, fluent in Afrikaans and English Email CV to magalies@netactive.co.za or contact Ms M Loubser on 012 330 0168/9...

Ruth Watson OTASA Research Grant The OTASA research committ...Read more

Ruth Watson OTASA Research Grant The OTASA research committee invites applications from individuals or teams for the Ruth Watson OTASA Research Grant 2018. The award aims to foster occupational therapy and occupational science research in South Africa that will enhance the development of occupational therapy in a significant way. The grant has been made available to support research done by clinicians that is both for degree and non- degree purposes, but which is not necessarily eligible for other research funding. Recipients of the award needs to be paid up OTASA members. Membership throughout the period of the award is required. The cut-off date for grant applications is 20th April 2018. The research committee will consider all completed applications received before the cut-off date, according to the criteria. For more information on the Ruth Watson OTASA Research Grant, you are welcome to approach any member of the research committee or send an e-mail to research@otasa.org.za or contact the chairperson of the Research grant committee Liesl Peters on liesl.peters@uct.ac.za. Research committee members Hanlie Pitout (Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University), Ronette Hough (UOFS), Tania Buys (UP), Prof Pragashnie Govender (UKZN), Dr Denise Franzsen (Wits) Dr Shaheed Soeker (UWC), Desiree vd Vyfer (Clinician) Zelda Coetzee (US), Liesl Peters (UCT), Elecia van Zyl(INSTOPP)...

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 20 April 2018 South Africa still has ...Read more

SAVE THE DATE: Friday 20 April 2018 South Africa still has a culture of silence surrounding mental health problems in the workplace. Employers and employees are unwilling to talk openly about conditions such as anxiety and depression for fear of association with weakness and failure. However, healthy employees are productive employees. Investing in a mentally healthy workforce is good business. It can curb medical costs, increase productivity, decrease absenteeism, and prevent and decrease disability costs. Investing in mental health also improves employee motivation, staff retention and competitiveness. The following experts are lined up for this first USB Corporate Mental Health Awareness Day: Prof Piet Naudé, Director, USB: The ethical responsibility of leadership to enable multi-dimensional staff wellness. Dr Renata Schoeman, Private Psychiatrist; Part-time Senior Lecturer: Leadership, USB: From fire to ashes: burnout and more. The clinical aspects of common mental health problems, the importance of self-care, and other preventative measures. Prof Christoffel Grobler, Associate professor, Walter Sisulu University; Clinical Head, Elizabeth Donkin hospital: Preventing disability in an employee with mental illness. USB Corporate Mental Health Awareness Day DATE Friday 20 April 2018 VENUE USB Business School, Bellville TIME 08:30 - 13:30 COST Free of charge RSVP 6 April 2018 to Gail Vertue ENQUIRIES Gail Vertue | gvr@belpark.sun.ac.za...

Occupational Therapist Position Available East Rand – Ben...Read more

Occupational Therapist Position Available East Rand – Benoni Working Hands Occupational Therapy is looking for a Therapist to join our team. The Therapist should be passionate about working in the field of physical rehabilitation. They should be able to work independently and be easily adaptable. The Therapist will be required to work in multiple settings including an acute hospital, rehab facility, outpatient therapy practice and execute home visits. The candidate should have their own vehicle and be prepared to travel Salary will be determined depending on experience and skill. The position is available immediately. Please forward your CV to accounts@workinghandsot.co.za or send us an e-mail should you have any queries....

Well Established Private Occupational Therapy Practice for S...Read more

Well Established Private Occupational Therapy Practice for Sale in Centurion Location: Practice Rooms at Netcare Unitas hospital Lifestyle Management park Practice specializes mainly in Hand rehabilitation and Adult physical rehabilitation and forms part of a very dynamic multi-disciplinary team. The practice also has a very well-established network of Doctors who refer patients within the hospital and on an outpatient basis. Reason for selling of practice: Relocation Please contact Natania Daly: natania.ot@gmail.com for more information....

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Happy World OT Day!

In commemorating World Occupational Therapy Day 2017, the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is hosting its annual OT Virtual Exchange (#OTVx17) tomorrow, the 27th October 2017, with the theme: Inform, Inspire and Influence.

This year the OTVx will be an 8-hour interactive online conference with invited speakers including Handicap International who will discuss conflict and emergencies, World Health Organization (WHO) discussing the Assistive Technology/GATE Programme; two keynote speakers, Marleen van Doesburg-Kaijen and Claire Craig from the European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE) Annual Meeting in Zagreb, Croatia and our WFOT President, Marilyn Pattison.
We are very excited to announce that South Africa will be participating with the following delegates presenting:
· Helen Buchanan

· Lana van Niekerk

· Lebogang Maseko

· Rogini Pillay

· Roshan Galvaan

Please join them live @ 12:00 – 13:00 (Standard South African Time), by clicking on the following link: https://tinyurl.com/vx17Session6

For the full program, please visit http://www.wfot.org/AboutUs/WorldOTDay.aspx


Dear Fellow OTs 

OTASA as well as INSTOPP are very aware of the strain at the moment within the health industry relating to coding structures as well as reimbursement for OT’s. We are embarking on an important coding project to address many of these issues. As a first step, we need to gather the correct CODING RELATED information related to practice coding trends ie clinical codes, ICD10 codes but not related to reimbursement. This is valuable data we need to collate and analyse in order to strengthen our professional representation of OT in the market in terms of role players and funders. 

We URGENTLY need your help and endeavour to respect your personal and financial privacy at all times. Please read the letter attached and ask you to sign this letter of permission to collect the relevant data from your practice. This is not for code auditing purposes but to identify common diagnosis groupings, coding trends which will help us consider treatment packages as well as clinical protocols related.

Please feel free to email Haley Norval at coding1@otasa.org.za with any questions.

Please email or scan your signed letter back to the OT Office otoffice@uitweb.co.za as soon as possible 7th April 2017.

Thanking you in advance.

Haley Norval

OTASA Coding & Procedural committee

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