AWARDS & GRANTS
Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture
The Vona du Toit award is a very prestigious award for Occupational Therapist who excels in the profession. The object of this memorial lecture is to honour the late Vona du Toit, who was a pioneer in the development of OT, encouraged research and promoted training for the practice of OT. The first lecture was presented in 1976 – see table below for more information.
A bit of background on Vona du Toit: Her studies and OT career
She studied OT at WITS and obtained her diploma in 1946.
She worked at a variety of places and established a few OT services as well.
In 1955 she was co-responsible for establishing the three year OT course at Pretoria OT School.
In 1962 she obtained her Teaching Diploma in OT at UP (with Honours)
In 1963 she became the principal of the Pretoria College of OT and the head of OT at HF Verwoerd Hospital, Pretoria. In this capacity she had far reaching influence on the practice of OT in SA. She lectured on creative ability, child handling, interpersonal relationships and philosophy.
In 1973 she became the first chairman of the SA Medical and Dental Council: OT Professional Board. Her work on the identification and restoration of volition and action will provide text book material for many years to come.
The Pretoria Multi-motivational Therapeutic Apparatus was developed through her formulation of the policy ans philosophy end extensive marketing through publications and demonstrations.
She inspired the introduction of work orientation programmes as part of OT.
Prizes and Awards
In 1986 she was awarded “Professional Woman of the year” from SA Business and Professional Woman’s Federation
She served in many capacities including SAAOT President and Chairman of the Education Committee. She was also rewarded as Honorary Life President.
She was the WFOT delegate, elected as WFOT 2 nd Vice President in 1970, WFOT 1st Vice President in 1972 and WFOT Honorary Fellow in 1974.
She also presented various papers and presentations at national and international congresses.
Vona passed away on 12 September 1974.
|2014||Prof. Alfred Ramukumba||Head of Department
|Economic Occupations – The ‘hidden key’ to transformation
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|2011||Dr Daleen Casteleijn||OT||The stepping stones from input to outcomes: An Occupational Perspective|
|2009||Dr Kitty Uys||OT||Wisdom from within: Finding modern truths in traditional proverbs.|
|2007||Vivyan Alers||OT||Proposing the social atom of Occupational Therapy: Dealing with trauma as part of an integrated inclusive intervention|
|2004||Corrianne van Velze||OT||Making new endings|
|2002||Prof. Pat de Wit||OT||The Occupation of Occupational Therapy|
|1999||Madeleine Duncan||OT Lecturer: UCT||“Our bit in the calabash”: thoughts on Occupational Therapy transformation in SA|
|1997||Robin Joubert||Where from? What now? Where to?|
|1995||Estelle Shipham||Head OT MEDUNSA||Bolts and nuts: the competitive edge|
|1993||Dr Rosemary Crouch||OT||Courage, conviction and confidence: fundamental elements for the survival of Occupational Therapy in the new SA|
|1991||Elna Jooste||OT||“Some Ethical Considerations concerning Competition and Advertising in Occupational Therapy” “Etlike Etiese Oorwegings Rondom Mededinging en Reklame in Arbeidsterapie”|
|1989||Pamela McClaren/Haynes||OT||How can Occupational Therapy in SA contribute to the attainment of rehabilitation for all?|
|1987||Dain van der Reyden||OT||Creative participation – 20 years later|
|1985||Dr Hannah-Reeve Saunders||Chief Medical Superintendent, Groote Schuur Hospital||Occupational Therapy, occupational Therapists – and now?|
|1984||William Rowlands||Director, National Council for the Blind||Assertiveness|
|1983||Prof. Marjorie Concha||Head OT Wits||Perception: Occupational Therapy in perspective|
|1982||P.V. Tobias||Head Anatomy and Dean: Faculty of Medicine WITS||The past and future of Occupational Therapy in SA|
|1981||Prof. F.P. Retief||Rector Medunsa||Occupational Therapy: its relevance for SA|
|1979||Prof. Ruth Watson||OT Lecturer, US||The second mile|
|1978||Christa Meyer||OT||Let us do things in style|
|1977||Prof. G.T. du Toit||OTASA Honorary President||A suggestion and a challenge|
|1976||Alicia Mendez||WFOT President||Whither Occupational Therapy|