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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Title of the post: Absenteeism & Incapacity Case Consultant ...Read more

Title of the post: Absenteeism & Incapacity Case Consultant (Occupational Therapist) Reports to: AID, MSK & IMC Operations Manager Location: Dunkeld West, JHB / Kloof, Durban Shifts: Full time Salary: Market-related & qualification / experience considered Primary purpose of the job To perform absenteeism, incapacity and disability case management for a variety of clients. Person specification Minimum Ideal Qualifications: Registered Occupational Therapist Experience: 3-5 years clinical experience, including previous experience in functional capacity evaluations and working within the field of vocational rehabilitation Previous incapacity and disability case management experience. Competencies (Key Behaviour Areas) Excellent communication skills both verbal & written; good computer literacy; good interpersonal skills; strong report writing skills with solid independent clinical reasoning; attention to detail; sound judgement and decision making skills; excellent time management skills; ability to work independently and under pressure Strong team player with the ability to work independently as well as within a strong clinical team Language competencies English & Zulu/Xhosa would be beneficial Key outputs ICAS is ideally equipped to assist both managers and employees with support as part of an Absenteeism and Incapacity management process within the workplace. A customised, non-punitive approach is used, based on the premise that absence from work is often a strong indicator that underlying issues are negatively affecting an employee’s health. Our approach focuses on staff retention, and the prompt resolution of these issues in order to maximise return on investment and overall employee wellbeing. The candidate will be responsible to perform absenteeism, incapacity and disability case management for a variety of ICAS clients within the AID team. As part of the role, the candidate will be required to assess and identify suitable interventions to assist with optimising the overall case management of employees – this may include recommendations on identifying and managing absenteeism trends, presenteeism, opportunistic sick leave, guidance on potential temporary and permanent incapacity cases; designing case specific return to work programs as well as assisting with the overall medical management of employees (with acute, intermittent or long durational absence), with the input of their own or independent medical specialists. The candidate will liaise with HRBP’s, managers and employees, as well as medical practitioners / specialists as and when required. Specific Requirements The candidate should be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of a variety of medical conditions with strong clinical reasoning, workplace factors, absenteeism & incapacity management and should have the necessary interpersonal skills to communicate effectively with clients and employees both telephonically and face to face. Previous experience in incapacity and disability case management would be extremely advantageous. The candidate should have 3-5 years clinical experience as well as 1-2 years working within a corporate environment. Duties & Responsibilities • Biopsychosocial analysis of all referred cases to identify and manage risk factors associated with workplace attendance. • Analysis, verification and interpretation of medical documentation received. • Sound clinical reasoning in order to set realistic return to work goals, and coordinate resources that supports the employees’ return to work and assists with optimising the overall medical management of the employee. • To liaise effectively with HRBP’s, managers, employees and medical personnel where required to ensure effective return to work interventions. • Delivery of accurate medical and general wellness advisory information to clients as part of the case management process. • Provision of reports to line managers/HR throughout the process to assist in the effective return to work of employees, including the development of transitional programs based on the employee’s functional capacity to ensure a safe and timely return to work. • Adheres to all appropriate privacy, security and confidentiality policies and procedures. Complies with established best practices. • Maintain and update all required databases and keep accurate records of all engagements with clients. • Ensure that protocols and absence management service level agreements are effectively implemented. • Several pre-employment checks are pre-requisites prior to hiring staff who are not already employees of ICAS e.g. criminal checks, reference checks, previous employment history checks, ID verification, qualification verification, residence and credit checks. In addition relevant work related tests, or psychometric tests may be required in addition to interviews. This job specification is not exhaustive and may be reviewed as the role develops. Please forward CV’s with references and contact details to: Dr Nikki Connellan – nconnellan@icas.co.za Christina Collett – ccollett@icas.co.za Closing date: 16 February 2018...

We are looking for 2x junior Occupational Therapist to fill ...Read more

We are looking for 2x junior Occupational Therapist to fill permanent positions as from 1 February 2018 at a dynamic private practice that specialises in adult psychiatry and group therapy. The one position is based in Midrand and the other in Centurion. The successful candidate should have their own vehicle and be willing to travel between Midrand and Centurion. Applicants must be energetic, driven and self-disciplined and have a passion for psychiatry. Any experience in conducting groups and FCEs will count in the applicants’ favour, however is not a requirement. All necessary in-service training will be provided. All applicants must be registered with the HPCSA. Salary will be negotiated based on the applicant’s qualifications and years of experience in the field. Working hours: Monday to Friday 07h30 to 16h00 as well as one weekend a month (Saturday and Sunday from 08h30 till 12h30, 8hours of off time given on the following Friday in lieu of hours worked). Benefits include medical aid and RA contributions. The practice provides ample opportunity for both personal and professional growth. Please send a concise CV with references to cl_white@live.com and laurenburn7@gmaill.com . Any queries can be directed to Chantelle at 071-890-6361. The final date to submit CVs is Friday the 15th of December 2017....

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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

Letter & Permission form