Our Mission

The Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) is the professional association that advances the dynamic growth of quality occupational therapy with a focus on occupation and a distinct South African identity.

Our Vision

We envisage occupational therapy as an integral, evidence-based and relevant force meeting society’s occupational needs in partnership with key stakeholders and the public.

Our Goal and Aims

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

OTASA aims to support, promote and represent the profession of occupational therapy as a key element of the allied health services in South Africa. OTASA also strives to render a quality service to its members and to add value to their careers. It is furthermore dedicated to the advancement of the occupational therapy profession and the improvement of services to the consumer.

Our Members

Our members are students, educators and practitioners who are interested in supporting our profession and remain interested in its importance.


8 November 2013

Definition of Occupational Therapy

Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT 2012)