The 2009 Biennial Congress of the Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa (OTASA) will be held in the Friendly City of Port Elizabeth from 30 June to 03 July ’09 at the historic Feather Market Centre.
Day one (30 June) sets off the congress by giving delegates a chance to register early and, for first time attendees, a special introductory session will be hosted to assist delegates in making the most of the congress experience. The congress will be an educational experience as well as a place to discuss professional challenges, growth and change and make some good contacts within the profession. The congress will be CEU (Continuing Education Units) accredited and delegates will be able to obtain points for sessions attended.
Two social functions are being planned, and delegates will have the opportunity to share in the presentation of the Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture at the Gala Dinner and the Albie Sachs award at the AGM Cocktail function.
The overall theme of the congress is “Waves of Change” and the daily themes are:
Day 1: Enabling participation and the changes that occupation has brought to practice.
Day 2: Changes in the delivery and focus of Occupational Therapists in South Africa.
Day 3: Innovation and change in Occupational Therapists practice.
Congress keynote speaker, Prof. Gail Whiteford, Professor and Chair of Occupational Therapy and Head of the Albury Wodonga Campus of Charles Sturt University, Australia ensures delegates of an enlightening congress. Those who have had the opportunity to meet Gail respect her for her energy, insight, sense of humour and warm inter-personal approach.
Delegates will also have the pleasure of listening to Lana van Niekerk, a well respected Occupational Therapist both in South Africa and internationally. Lana is the Associate Professor and Head of the Division of Occupational Therapy at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Cape Town. She played a key role in the Academic Programme that will be available to delegates.