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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Permanent Hand Therapy Position : Johannesburg Hand therapy...Read more

Permanent Hand Therapy Position : Johannesburg Hand therapy position We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist with proven hand therapy and adult Neuro skills to join our team. A Diploma in hand therapy is an advantage but not essential. The candidate must also be registered with HPCSA, SASHT, OTASA and have relevant medical protection cover. The team consists of four Occupational Therapists and two practice administrators. Our Hand therapy case load consists primarily of mild to severe trauma to the upper limb, as well as degenerative and repetitive strain injuries. The in-patient load will be divided between Neuro (which will include inpatient acute Neuro), Poly trauma ICU and burns ICU. The skills required to be successful with this application are: HAND THERAPY: Assessment of the upper limb: history taking, ability to read and interpret X-Rays, perform a full clinical assessment (ROM, oedema etc.) and make differential diagnoses Treatment: splinting, mobilisation, designing and sewing pressure garments, ADL and return to work activities, contact with employers as well as communication between allied health professionals and referring surgeons. NEUROLOGY IN PATIENTS: Assessment and implementation of acute in patient treatment in neurology wards and poly trauma ICU BURNS ICU Assessment and implementation of acute and long term in patient treatment in burns ICU The case load consists of both traumatic and non-traumatic injuries, Workman's Compensation and private patients. There will be a short period of mentoring prior to beginning the treatment of patients. Should the successful candidate require mentoring. With regards to the practice, patients are referred by: Plastic Surgeons, Orthopaedic Surgeons, General Practitioners as well as Casualty Officers from the relevant hospitals. We have 4 locations spread between the North and South of Johannesburg. Candidates will need to travel between the 4 practices ● Post to be filled as soon as successful candidate can begin. Salary will be negotiated Please send your CV to admin@rehabhands.co.za Should you not receive a response from our office, please consider your application unsuccessful....

Cape Town: ADHD and DYSLEXIA Evening Talk - 25 April 2018 A...Read more

Cape Town: ADHD and DYSLEXIA Evening Talk - 25 April 2018 ADHD and DYSLEXIA Guest speaker Axel Gudmundsson Director of Davis Dyslexia Association Africa 25 APRIL 2018 CAPE TOWN. VISTA NOVA SCHOOL. EVENING TALK 6-9pm (If you are not in CT please email us with requests to bring this talk to your town) 3 CPD POINTS Accredited by Impact Learning (Approved Accredited Service Provider) COST: R500PP What is dyslexia and ADHD? How to screen for dyslexia and ADHD? How do dyslexia and ADHD develop? What are the symptoms and what causes them? How do dyslexics and ADHD individuals think and perceive - why are they a gift or an advantage? A brief look into the Ronald Davis Dyslexia Correction program and Attention Mastery program How is dyslexia addressed using the Davis approach? How can we minimise the risk of dyslexia when teaching reading? How is ADHD addRessed with the Davis approach? Seats confirmed upon pop. 70 seats available. Contact admin@impactlearning.co.za for more details Cara 082 853 3832 Sarah 082 828 0645...


OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTICE FOR SALE (PAEDIATRICS): Durban, KZN A well established, highly regarded paediatric OT practice catering for the following areas: Durban, Glenwood, Berea, Morningside is for URGENT SALE. This great opportunity provides you with an immediate foothold in the market. With a thriving referral base, and an outstanding reputation, this practice has been built over the last 20 years in the Durban community and beyond. It caters for therapy at 2 well-known, upmarket Durban schools, as well as for additional afternoon therapy sessions. Please contact Ingrid Kuhn for further information, at stings@iafrica.com or on 0837897700...

The Provision of Expert Opinion & Evidence as a Health Profe...Read more

The Provision of Expert Opinion & Evidence as a Health Professional : 4 - 8 June 2018 : Cape Town UCT Health Sciences Faculty and Burns-Hoffman Consulting are delighted to announce the dates of the next course in: The Provision of Expert Opinion & Evidence as a Health Professional The course will run from the 4th to the 8th of June 2018 Venue: UCT Lung Institute, Medical Campus, University of Cape Town Feedback from the inaugural course in November 2017 was resoundingly positive with numerus published articles appearing in the health and medical media domain thereafter – and more to come. The most recent article published in South African Psychiatry in February 2018 can be found on page 40 on the link below: www.southafricanpsychiatry.co.za Valuable feedback provided by the participants of the November 2017 course has seen the inclusion of more time for the discussion of constitutional damages based on current constitutional matters related to health and injury; greater focus on certain aspects of contractual wording; more in-depth debate on medical negligence issues and the extension of the practical expert witness court training into a full day-and-a-half. Some of the feedback received from the participants in the November 2017 course included the following comments: · Appreciated interactive nature of lectures. · Practical sessions add the most value. · It’s a good condensed version/crash course in giving expert evidence. · The business/tax/contract advice was also very relevant in running/working in practice. · I thought Adv Jannie and Paul White were amazing. · This was a fantastic course! · Please keep us informed when a follow-up course will be presented so that we could refer more practitioners. · Amazing basis for future cases. A number of participants attending the course in November 2017 are currently also attending the new SAMLA course and have forwarded their comments that the courses are complementary of each other - as was carefully designed when compiling the final program for the above-mentioned health professional’s course. Registration is via UCT at ce.administration@uct.ac.za Elise Burns-Hoffman BH&A office: +27(0)21 785-2878 Cell: +27 (0)83-627-5584...

SCHOOL BASED LOCUM POSITION - Johannesburg I work at St Kat...Read more

SCHOOL BASED LOCUM POSITION - Johannesburg I work at St Katharine’s School, a small, private girls junior school in Westcliff, but am planning to travel for 6 months and need a locum from July. I work about 12 - 15 hours a week, in the mornings. The children I see have fine and gross motor development delays, lots of handwriting and visual perceptual issues and some sensory integration challenges. It is a lovely, gentle school in which I work in a team with a speech therapist and psychologist and of course the teachers. I need a therapist who can work independently, assess new children, write progress reports and provide ongoing feedback to parents and teachers. If you are interested in carrying this therapy load for the second half of this year, please contact me and send me your resume. Janet Bydawell 0844208864 janbydawell@gmail.com...

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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