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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POTS Update Symposium 2017 : Third Call for Abstracts POTS ...Read more

POTS Update Symposium 2017 : Third Call for Abstracts POTS Update Symposium 2017 Third Call for Abstracts The Psychiatric Occupational Therapy Group (POTS) and the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation are pleased to invite submission of abstracts for presentations at the upcoming symposium / conference in Johannesburg. This 3-day event will occur on 29, 30 June & 01 July 2017. All occupational therapy staff are welcome. Symposium theme: Psychosocial Rehabilitation Throughout the Life Stages The following Keynote speakers will be presenting at the Symposium: Vivyan Ahlers, occupational therapist, will be presenting on children and psychiatry, focusing on attachment and binding. Dr Wendy Duncan, specialist psychiatrist, is presenting on adolescent psychiatry. Dr Leslie Roberts, specialist psychiatrist, will be presenting on the management of an adult psychiatric patient. Peter Strasheim, an attorney specializing in health, labour and disability law will be presenting a workshop and ethics talk on Mental Health Law. Jackie Fabian, occupational therapist, will be presenting on the OT management of geriatric patients. Sylvia Birkhead, occupational therapist, will be conducting a workshop on intervention for a geriatric patient....

Occupational Therapist vacancy - Akeso Clinic in Parktown V...Read more

Occupational Therapist vacancy - Akeso Clinic in Parktown Vacancy within COPE Occupational Therapist Akeso Clinic in Parktown COPE is hereby advertising this full-time post based at our clinic in Parktown. The incumbent should be a fully registered occupational therapist. Previous experience working with adolescents and addiction would also be advantageous. Duties will include but not be limited to: · Conducting group therapy sessions as needed. · Administering assessments as needed. · Attending ward rounds and providing feedback to the team regarding patients’ progress and treatment. · Fulfilling administration duties as required for the smooth running of the units. · Working as a fully integrated member of the multi-disciplinary team including liaison with nurses and psychiatrists and with any other relevant professionals. · Duties include working rotated Saturday and Public Holiday shifts. Interested candidates should please contact Kim Serebro on 011 590 9500 or kim.s@kenilworthinc.co.za Remuneration and other details associated with the position will be discussed with the successful candidate....

Position Title: Rehab Specialist (Experienced Occupational T...Read more

Position Title: Rehab Specialist (Experienced Occupational Therapist) Department: Health Services Location: Durban Band Level: 10/11 MAIN PURPOSE OF JOB: The incumbent of this position will adhere to all legislative requirements in order to fulfil the necessary job requirements to support the Plant, Health Services and TSAM Employees to ensure healthy & fully functioning employees KEY JOB FUNCTIONS q Evaluate a patient’s work station and, based on the patient’s health needs, identify potential improvements q Evaluate a patient's condition and needs and develop a treatment plan for patients q Develop rehabilitation/ strengthening programs on a case by case basis q Assess and record patients’ activities and progress for patient evaluations, for billing, and for reporting to physicians and other healthcare providers q Conduct testing as and when required q Data analysis and reporting q Update SAP records with any limitations and/ recommendations q Monthly reporting on key activities as required by Health Services q Progress reports QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE 1. Qualification: · Recognised qualification in Occupational Therapy and current registration with HPCSA · Sound understanding of rehabilitation principles, OHS Act & Regulations · Proven ability in physical therapy for body strengthening, rehabilitation and physical performance improvement. 2. Experience/ Knowledge: § Experience in rehabilitation projects in an industrial environment will be an advantage § Minimum 2 years’ Experience in Occupational Therapy experience § Experience in an industrial environment will be an advantage § Experience with medical aid claims § Knowledge and understanding of H&S Management systems § Computer skills (particularly in Microsoft Excel, Word & PowerPoint) § Accident / root cause analysis § Presentation / training skills COMPETENCIES OF THE JOB: 1. Accurate Information Gathering and Analysis 2. Awareness and Commitment to our Mission 3. Perseverance 4. Maintain confidentiality of patient information and records 5. Medical services must be delivered in a professional competent manner 6. Coherent, comprehensive & factually correct record keeping. 7. Maintain a good working order and hygienic work station at all times. 8. Ability to work independently with highly motivated approach 9. Excellent Communication skills Please forward your CV with copies of your certificate’s to nbaccus@toyota.co.za (Wellness Health Outcomes HR Office) on or before 30th April 2017. APPOINTMENT WILL BE MADE IN LINE WITH THE COMPANY’S EE PLAN...


OT PAEDIATRIC POST - WAVERLEY JOHANNESBURG "Looking for a dynamic, passionate, enthusiastic paediatric O.T. to work in a well-established Paeds Practice in the Waverley area of Johannesburg. Some S.I. experience preferable. Position is full time with a full caseload. Candidate must be kind, compassionate and skilled enough to work independently and within a multi-disciplinary team at a school in the mornings and Private Practice in the afternoons. Position available from the 1st of June. Please contact Lara on 082-5621113 or email Lara.hirschmann@gmail.com"...

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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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