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2019

Volume 2 August

OTASAS SMU was formally launched at Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, in the new auditorium, between the hours of 17:00 and 20:00 on the 9th May, 2019.

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Volume 1 April

Christa’s career spanned 37 years as a fulltime practising OT. She spent another 10 years, after her retirement from Medunsa, though still involved in OT at Medunsa, in Uganda and Tanzania.

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2018

Volume 3 December

Tharina was born in 1946. She obtained a diploma in OT from Pretoria College of OT in 1966 and a BA (language) degree from UNISA in 1987.  She worked all across South Africa from 1967 until her retirement in 2011 – a career of 44 years!

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Volume 2 August

The 17th World Federation of Occupational Therapists took place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre in South Africa between 21st – 24th May and some of the final year occupational therapy class from the University of the Witwatersrand were able to attend.

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Volume 1 April

I love to interact with children who are learning social skills and asking questions that are so open, honest and, usually, without any judgemental undertones. The innocence of Jasper’s question made me think more deeply about names and how these describe a person or what they do.

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2017

Volume 3 December

This year, the South Rand Hospital Occupational Therapists made the annual OTASA OT Week bigger and better! The week started off on the 2nd October 2017, with fun and laughter at AmCare...

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Volume 2 August

The April 2017 issue of FOCUS contained an insightful article about Occupational Therapy (OT) driving assessments in Australia. It was exciting to read about international OTs’ involvement in this field of practice...

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Volume 1 April

Nathalie Bradshaw Childress, 44, passed away on Christmas Eve, December 24th, 2016 at Hope Hospice in Fort Myers. She was born March 5th, 1972 in Bethlehem, South Africa, and moved to Southwest Florida in 1995.

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2016

Volume 3 December

The week of the 3rd of October to the 7th of October marked an important time for occupational therapists around the country. This week, known as OT Week, focuses on the promotion of occupational therapy and allows therapists to engage in various activities...

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Volume 2 August

The logo suggestions have gone through a few iterations, and finally after a national voting process, the new OTASA logo is here!  The new logo represents the Occupational Therapy profession in all the different parts of South Africa, and in all it’s wonderful forms and vocations.

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Volume 1 April

George - The start line of the 14th Outeniqua Wheelchair Challenge (OCC) in February, was the scene of racing pulses, as more than 1000 athletes and crowds of spectators waited with bated breath for the starter’s gun to send competitors hurtling off.

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2015

Volume 3 December

This report focuses on the work completed over the past year and should be read in conjunction with the annual reports from Branches, Standing Committees and Interest groups. Elelwani Ramugondo has tendered her resignation and will step down after the Council meeting.

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Volume 2 August

This report focuses on the work completed over the past year but does not include the information contained in the annual reports from branches, standing committees and interest groups.  Elelwani Ramugondo has tendered her resignation and will step down after the Council meeting.

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Volume 1 April

I recently came across an occupational therapy ‘response/opinion’ on a particular publication which had appeared in a national newspaper.  This opinion was distributed by an organisation (which I shall refer to as ORG) which indicated that they “planned to prepare a series of factual, balanced, realistic and truthful responses to every single item in this article”.

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2014

Volume 3 December

Emeritus Professor Ruth Watson was a dear friend, mentor and colleague to many in the UCT OT division. We share here our collective tribute to acknowledging her immense contribution to the UCT Faculty of Health Sciences...

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Volume 2 August

The International Inter-professional Wound Care Course is a year long course attended by doctors and nurses with a scattering of OTs, physios and dieticians. The professionals come from Mauritius, Bahrain, Malawi, Kenya, Mozambique and other places I cannot remember!

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Volume 1 March

After humble beginnings in 2002 with just 27 athletes participating in a half marathon (21km) race down the Outeniqua Mountain Pass into the city of George, this event has grown to such an extent that there were over 1000 athletes – from South Africa and overseas...

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2013

Volume 3 December

Occupational therapists (OTs) enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life, and this was the focus of the OT week at Summit Muelmed hospital. It was a fun filled week with different activities for every day.

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Volume 2 July

The OTASA Exco initially focussed on filling the vacant Exco and standing committee positions to enable effective operation in all areas. Work continued on strengthening and expanding online administrative systems...

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Volume 1 April

I qualified as an OT in 1971, at Pretoria College of Occupational Therapy. I started working in the psychiatric field which I really enjoyed, however I then become interested in paediatrics, especially children with learning and sensory integration difficulties.

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2012

Volume 3 December

The annual report was presented by the President Lana van Niekerk and will be distributed to members. Lana conveyed her thanks to everyone who volunteers their time and effort for the Association. Exco’s thanks go to all in the branches and committees who do the same.

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