About the association

Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa is a nationwide organisation comprising of branches and standing committees in 9 provinces of South Africa, with a membership of over 5000 occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. Its newly formed Professional Body for Management and Leadership holds an Institute for CPD representing practitioner upskilling needs and recognising of expertise of practitioners across the country.
Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa strives to ensure that members consistently receive quality, responsive services that add significant value to their careers. The Association also aims to promote and represent the profession of occupational therapy as a key component of the healthcare sector in South Africa.

Strategic Plan

(2018-Dec 2022)

Our Vision

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

Our Mission

Advancing the dynamic growth of quality occupational therapy with a focus on occupation and a distinct South African identity.

Our Purpose

OTASA represents, supports, strengthens and resources the continually evolving occupational therapy profession.

OTASA Strategic Focus Areas

OTASA strategic planning


OT 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 the occupational engagement (WFOT 2012).
Occupational therapists work with people across the lifespan in a range of settings. This includes hospitals, rehabilitation centres, private practices, corporate and insurance settings, aged care facilities, schools, community health centres, government and non-government organisations.
Occupational therapists work in both private practices and for public sector organisations. Rates vary from therapist to therapist, and many occupational therapists work under various Medical Schemes. Clients are encouraged to make contact and discuss costs with their therapist before engaging their services.
History of OT in South Africa

History of OT in South Africa

The South African Association of Occupational Therapists (SAAOT) was inaugurated in 1945 and by 1954 became one of the founding members of the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT)

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