OTASA Congress 2024

OTASA Congress 2024
“OT for Changing Contexts - make it matter, make it happen”

It’s official! The OTASA congress will take place 3-5 July 2024. The virtual congress will be taking place online filled with exciting keynote speakers, stimulating breakaway rooms and loads more!

We can’t wait to take things virtual with you!

Should you require any further details, please contact the congress committee

OTASA Congress 3-5 July 2024

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Call for Abstracts

Extension for submission: 11th March 2024

Abstracts are invited for the 48th OTASA Congress 2024. This virtual congress will take place on the 3rd to the 5th July 2024. This is an opportunity to share your work and experience on the theme “OT for Changing Contexts – make it matter, make it happen”.

Acceptance of abstracts will be based on content, available space, and overall balance.

The submission deadline for abstracts has been extended to 11 March 2024. Notification of abstract status will be emailed by 15 April 2024.

Day themes

Abstract by Samantha Shann

Focusing on Strengthening Rehabilitation in Health Systems – opportunities for occupational therapy locally and globally.

by Samantha Shann, MSc, PG Cert, Dip COT, FRCOT President, World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

Worldwide 2.4 billion people are in need of rehabilitation services, with more than 50 per cent of people living in low- and middle-income countries not receiving the rehabilitation services they require. Year on year, this global need continues to grow, with changes in populations, lifestyles and the rise in communicable and non-communicable diseases putting ever-increasing pressures on healthcare systems. Today, many high-income (as well as low and middle-income) countries are reporting limitations in their rehabilitation services and shortages in their rehabilitation workforce.

This keynote will focus on the World Health Assembly resolution to ‘Strengthen Rehabilitation in Health Systems’ signed unanimously by World Health Organization Member States in May 2023, serving as a commitment by governments around the world to invest in rehabilitation.

By considering the wide-reaching aims of the resolution and the impact of social, environmental, and systemic factors on individuals, communities, and populations’ health and functioning, the presentation will discuss how, by being active in the rehabilitation agenda, we as occupational therapists can advocate for the rights of populations and work towards societal change. Exploring how we can work globally, regionally and nationally at all levels to ensure inclusive rehabilitation policies and initiatives, providing equitable access for all to services, and developing the occupational therapy workforce to meet present and future needs.

Keynote Speakers

To be announced soon.

Watch this space..

Programme and CPD

Student involvement

All students are free members of the student body of OTASA, OTASA-S. All you need to do is register to enjoy the student benefits including free MPS membership
The congress organising committee are committed to planning a special programme for the students within the OTASA 2024 congress in association with OTASA S.

CPD

Experience an enriching blend of the latest South African research and clinical practice insights at the upcoming OTASA Congress. Dive into a diverse range of topics, including Ethics, and earn valuable CEUs. The 2024 OTASA Congress ensures CEU points for all participants, presenters, and poster authors. As soon as the program is finalized, we will confirm the number of CEUs available.

Expect accreditation at 1 CEU per hour for course attendance and 2 CEUs per hour for speakers. Poster presentations will also contribute to your CEU tally. In a new initiative, we aim to offer additional CEUs for engaging with posters through reading and completing related MCQs. The proposed main program is set to provide 15 CEUs, with 3 dedicated to Ethics points. Additional CEUs will be accredited for pre and post-congress workshops.

Make the most of this affordable opportunity to accumulate a substantial portion of your annual CEU points. Join us at the Congress to enhance your professional knowledge and network with like-minded individuals in the occupational therapy community.

Prizes

As with previous OTASA congresses there will be several prizes for presenters. Teams of independent and experienced evaluators will be appointed to evaluate the presentations/posters according to pre-determined criteria.

Other awards that will be presented at the Congress

Albie Sachs award

For excellence in services to people with disabilities

The Albie Sachs award is a prestigious award for an Occupational Therapist/Occupational Therapy Technician/Assistant who has distinguished themselves through professional excellence and dedication to serving people with disabilities.
Nominations were called for from the OTASA membership and nominees reviewed by a nominated panel and final vote was taken by the OTASA council.
The winner of the Prize is Judy Cawood

Vona and Marie du Toit award

For the best student research completed in 2023

This award is presented annually by the Vona and Marie du Toit Foundation to promote professional research at the undergraduate student level. The group research projects that received the highest marks at all 8 occupational therapy education programs are adjudicated. The winning research project will receive the coveted Vona and Marie du Toit research award.

Congress Signup Costs

R 2,000.00

Full congress 3-days
(OTASA members)

R 2,750.00

Full congress 3-days
(non-members)

R 660.00

Full congress 3-days
(OTT/OTA)

R 250.00

Full congress 3-days
(Students)

R 750.00

Day fee
(OTASA members)

R 1,000.00

Day fee
(non-members)

R 220.00

Day fee
(OTT/OTA)

R 85.00

Day fee
(Students)

R 500.00

Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture fee
(OTASA members)

Included if you register for the full congress

R 500.00

Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture fee
(non-members)

Included if you register for the full congress

R 200.00

Pre-Congress Workshops
(OTASA members)

2 July 2024

R 300.00

Pre-Congress Workshops
(non-members)

2 July 2024

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A Message from the President

The Biennial congress is an important event in the OTASA calendar. It is an opportunity for the occupational therapy community to come together to learn, grow and discuss to professional developments, professional challenges in this time of change and uncertainty in our country. But more importantly, it is an opportunity for occupational therapists working in diverse settings to come together to advocate for our unique profession and to celebrate collectively:
‘One profession: one voice’.

It was the wish of the national EXCO to have an in-person or at least a hybrid congress in 2024. After a though exploration of the costs, the financial risks, and the financial concerns of occupational therapy community, it was with reluctance that the decision to hold an on-line congress was taken. This decision was taken primarily to enable all occupational therapists across the country in all sectors to have access to congress at a reasonable cost and could even allow international access, without additional costs of travel and accommodation at a time of fiscal constraints.

The 2024 OTASA Congress is being organised by Southern Gauteng branch. The theme for this congress: OT for Changing Contexts – make it matter, make it happen resonates with emergent practices in new and exciting contexts and proactively anticipating and contributing actively to change in the more traditional service delivery contexts.

We encourage you to submit abstracts and join us in this exciting and hopefully thought-provoking professional event. It is also an opportunity to collect CPD points.

We look forward to you joining us.

Exhibitors and Sponsorship

If you would like to be a part of the congress by advertising your services/products (or if you would like to provide any form of sponsorship), please choose a package option which suits you best. Apart from choosing a package, we welcome any GIFTS IN KIND to support Congress 2024, e.g., vouchers, gift bags, stationery, virtual goodies etc. For further information please get in touch.

If you are interested in hosting a stall at the Vona du Toit memorial lecture venue for R500.00 please get in touch.

Rhodium

Exhibition
R 12,000 Choose when adverts will go out
(Apr/May/ June/July)
  • 3 x email advert* sent out via email to all OTASA members
  • 3 x adverts (image with caption**) sent on WhatsApp to all OTASA members
  • 3 x adverts (image with caption**) posted on Facebook, Instagram and X - available to the public (includes OTASA and non-OTASA members)
  • Access to participants on the days of the congress from 08h00-08h45/09h00 there will be access to the participants to showcase products and answer questions
  • Rotational banner advert on the OTASA Congress website (your logo and link to your website): 5-10 seconds per company
  • An electronic brochure*** that will be emailed to all congress participants
  • Your company’s promotional video of 30 seconds to 1 minute in duration that will be played during the OTASA congress, aligned to a presentation best relating to the products + services that you offer
  • Interactive game such as spot the word and email it to the congress email, spot the emoji and email back to the congress email first person to send email will win a prize
  • Sponsor a lucky spot draw

Gold

Exhibition
R 6,000 Choose when adverts will go out
(Apr/May/ June/July)
  • 2 x email advert* sent out via email to all OTASA members
  • 2 x adverts image with caption** sent on WhatsApp. to all OTASA members
  • 2 x adverts (image with caption**) posted on Facebook, Instagram and X - available to the public (includes OTASA and non-OTASA members)
  • Access to participants on the days of the congress from 08h00-08h45/09h00 there will be access to the participants to showcase products and answer questions
  • Rotational banner advert on the OTASA Congress website (your logo and link to your website): 5-10 seconds per company









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Bronze

Exhibition
R 2,000 Choose when advert will go out
(Apr/May/ June/July)
  • 1 x email advert* sent out via email to all OTASA members
  • 1 x adverts (image with caption**) sent on WhatsApp to all OTASA members
  • 1 x adverts (image with caption**) posted on Facebook, Instagram and X - available to the public (includes OTASA and non-OTASA members)
  • Access to participants on the days of the congress from 08h00-08h45/09h00 there will be access to the participants to showcase products and answer questions












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Rhodium

Exhibition
R 12,000 Choose when adverts will go out
(Apr/May/ June/July)
  • 3 x email advert* sent out via email to all OTASA members
  • 3 x adverts (image with caption**) sent on WhatsApp to all OTASA members
  • 3 x adverts (image with caption**) posted on Facebook, Instagram and X - available to the public (includes OTASA and non-OTASA members)
  • Access to participants on the days of the congress from 08h00-08h45/09h00 there will be access to the participants to showcase products and answer questions
  • Rotational banner advert on the OTASA Congress website (your logo and link to your website): 5-10 seconds per company
  • An electronic brochure*** that will be emailed to all congress participants
  • Your company’s promotional video of 30 seconds to 1 minute in duration that will be played during the OTASA congress, aligned to a presentation best relating to the products + services that you offer
  • Interactive game such as spot the word and email it to the congress email, spot the emoji and email back to the congress email first person to send email will win a prize
  • Sponsor a lucky spot draw

Gold

Exhibition
R 6,000 Choose when adverts will go out
(Apr/May/ June/July)
  • 2 x email advert* sent out via email to all OTASA members
  • 2 x adverts image with caption** sent on WhatsApp. to all OTASA members
  • 2 x adverts (image with caption**) posted on Facebook, Instagram and X - available to the public (includes OTASA and non-OTASA members)
  • Access to participants on the days of the congress from 08h00-08h45/09h00 there will be access to the participants to showcase products and answer questions
  • Rotational banner advert on the OTASA Congress website (your logo and link to your website): 5-10 seconds per company
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Bronze

Exhibition
R 2,000 Choose when advert will go out
(Apr/May/ June/July)
  • 1 x email advert* sent out via email to all OTASA members
  • 1 x adverts (image with caption**) sent on WhatsApp to all OTASA members
  • 1 x adverts (image with caption**) posted on Facebook, Instagram and X - available to the public (includes OTASA and non-OTASA members)
  • Access to participants on the days of the congress from 08h00-08h45/09h00 there will be access to the participants to showcase products and answer questions
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*Have your voice heard! Provide the text, images, links that you want to include in your promotional email
**Reach your audience! Provide the image and caption (70 words max) of what you want to say to your target market
***PDF format electronic brochure – can be supplied by company or request OTASA to design at no additional cost

Keynote address exclusive sponsorship:

Vouchers:

You are welcome to provide virtual vouchers to be included in a digital pack per congress attendee at no cost.

Vona du Toit Memorial lecture
(in-person on Wits Education campus, eZone, 15:30 – 18:30): • R500 per stand (incl. 1 x person catering), limited to 10 stands, additional catering will be charged • Available to all delegates who will be attending • Roaming camera for all those who attend online • 30 minutes dedicated time for participants to visit the stall, which will be situated around catering area so there is good exposure for all exhibitors.

Vona du Toit Memorial Lecture

Vona du Toit
The Vona du Toit memorial lecture was initiated in 1976 to honour Vona du Toit following her untimely death in 1974. The memorial lecture aimed to acknowledge and commemorate her pioneering legacy and contribution to the early development of occupational therapy profession in South Africa, as well as her international contribution

Vona du Toit (van Staden) was in the first cohort of students to receive an occupational therapy diploma in 1946 from the Wits, the first training centre in the country. This diploma was an addition to the diploma in primary education and higher primary education which she had already achieved.

She initially worked in the Johannesburg Hospital complex and one year after qualification she was appointed to the first occupational therapy post at the Pretoria General hospital. In 1951 she established the OT department at the newly opened Pretoria School for the Cerebral Palsied. In 1955 she and Ilse Eggers developed the 3-year curriculum for the occupational therapy diploma as well as the teaching resources for the Pretoria College of Occupational Therapy. In 1963 she became the Principal of the college (later renamed the Vonna du Toit college of Occupational Therapy in her honour) and head of the occupational therapy clinical services at the HF Verwoerd hospital. It was from  this position that she advocated for and advanced influenced for the development of the profession across the country.

She will be remembered best for two key initiatives who she pioneered with a committed team of clinicians who provided the first professional evidence to support practice:

  • Pretoria Multi-Motivational Therapeutic apparatus
  • VdT Model of Creative Ability which is now internationally recognised and provides the philosophy and process for occupational therapy intervention in many fields of practice

 

She was awarded “Professional woman” of the year in 1962 and  in 1973 was recognised as one of the top 25 most influential “Business and professional” women across South Africa.

She served on many Health and Disability related Councils.

She held many official positions within national occupational therapy association (SAAOT) including Chairperson of the Education committee and a President. In 1972 She became an Honorary Life President

In 1973 she was elected the first Chairperson of the Professional Board for Occupational Therapy of the SA Medical and Dental council (SAMDC later renamed HPCSA).

Internationally, she was the South African delegate to the WFOT from 1962 and became 2nd Vice president in 1970 and 1st Vice President in 1972.

In 1974 she was made an Honory Fellow of the WFOT at a meeting in Vancouver and the citation which summarised her contribution to the profession both as a professional but also as a person.

  • “ We believe that Vona has had an inestimable influence on the development of the profession in South Africa and her imagination and pre-sight have had far-reaching effects beyond the confines of her own country. We recognise her indestructible belief in the worth of the profession and her unflagging efforts to stimulate its growth in breadth and depth. Her provocative ideas act as a catalyst to her colleagues’ thinking and effectively prevent professional complacence. A dynamic approach and conviction typify Vona’s contribution within her profession and beyond it.”
  • The OTASA Memorial Lecture is awarded to Occupational therapists who emulate the characteristics of this extraordinary occupational therapist.
The Vona du Toit memorial lecture is the most prestigious of the OTASA awards. Its purpose is to honour South African occupational therapists or others who have made an outstanding and lasting contribute to the profession in the country through:
Tania Rauch van der Merwe

The 2024 Vona du toit memorial lecture has been awarded by the OTASA Council (the decision-making committee of OTASA) to:
Dr Tania Rauch van der Merwe. Her lecture titled Harnessing Human Praxis: Turning Our Wisdom into Practice with Impact will be presented as a keynote address during the congress on Thursday 4th July 2024.
It will be a hybrid event with congress delegates able to join the lecture on-line or in-person at eFundanathi on the Wits education campus.

Tania, the eldest of three sisters, grew up during apartheid in the Free State, experiencing moments of magic in the Northwest. Despite her Christian upbringing, her parents encouraged her to explore spiritual material from the public library, deemed controversial at the time. Initially interested in psychology, she discovered occupational therapy through a conversation in Grade 10 and was drawn to its dynamic nature.

Tania qualified as an occupational therapist from UFS in 1994, coinciding with South Africa’s first democratic election. She then worked in physical rehabilitation in the USA before returning to South Africa for various roles in medico-legal assessment, pediatrics, and psychiatry. Her marriage to JC, a philosopher, steered her interest towards the philosophical aspects of life and her profession.

She earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy in 2006, focusing on the critical investigation of ideology. Her academic journey continued with a PhD in 2019 with the astute supervision of Prof Andre Keet, and Prof Elelwani Ramugondo, entitled: THE POLITICAL CONSTRUCTION OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY IN SOUTH AFRICA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS OF CURRICULUM AS DISCOURSE. Joining Wits University in 2020, she now serves as a senior lecturer, specializing in research, teaching, and coordination.

Tania’s passion for education led her to become a postgraduate education specialist at the Wits Centre of Learning and Teaching in April 2024. Her teaching spans research, ethics, critical theory, and occupational therapy. Her research interests include critical discourse analysis, higher education, feminist studies, and social justice.

Active in academia, Tania is involved in organizing the 2024 World Conference on Qualitative Research and co-editing a book on African-based epistemologies. She chairs and participates in various research committees and serves as a reviewer for national and international journals.

Outside academia, Tania cherishes her role as a parent to two children, Heyter and Zea, who continue to teach her about growth. She acknowledges the support of family, friends, colleagues, and mentors, grateful for their influence on her journey. She looks forward to fostering change agents in the future, standing on the shoulders of giants.

Previous recipients of this prestigious memorial lecture

Number
Year
Recipient
Title
1
1976
Alicia Mendez
[WFOT President]
Whither occupational therapy
2
1977
Prof GT du Toit
[Hon President SAAOT]
A suggestion and a challenge
3
1978
Christa Meyer
[OT]
Let’s do Things in Style
4
1979
Prof. Ruth Watson
[OT]
The second Mile
5
1980
Valerie Claxton
[OT]
Responsibility
6
1981
Prof FP Retief
[Member of the 1st OT board of the HPCSA]
Occupational Therapy: its relevance for South Africa
7
1982
Prof PV Tobias
[Dean Faculty of Medicine, Wits]
The past and the future of OT in South Africa
8
1983
Prof. Marj Concha
[OT]
Perception: Occupational Therapy in Perspective
9
1984
Mr William Rowland
[Chairperson: National Council for the Blind]
Assertiveness
10
1985
Dr Hannah Reeve Saunders
[Chief medical Superintendent Groote Schuur Hospital]
Occupational Therapy, occupational therapists -and now?
11
1987
Dain van der Reyden
[OT]
Creative participation – 20years later
12
1989
Dr Pamela Mc Claren /Haynes
[OT]
How Occupational Therapy in SA can contribute to the attainment of rehabilitation for all
13
1991
Elna Jooste
[OT]
Some Ethical Considerations concerning Competition and Advertising in Occupational therapy
14
1993
Prof Rosemary Crouch
[OT]
Courage, Convictions and Confidence: Elements of Survival of occupational therapy in the new SA
15
1995
Estelle Shipham
[OT]
Bolts and nuts: the competitive edge
16
1997
Dr Robin Joubert
[OT]
Wherefrom? What Now? Where to?
17
1999
Prof Madeleine Duncan
[OT]
Our bit in the Calabash”: thought on occupational therapy transformation in SA
18
2002
Prof Pat de Witt
[OT]
The occupation in occupational therapy
19
2004
Corriena Van Velze
[OT]
Making new beginnings
20
2007
Vivyan Alers
[OT]
Proposing the Social atom of Occupational therapy: dealing with trauma as part of inclusion intervention
21
2009
Prof Kitty Uys
[OT]
Wisdom from within
22
2001
Prof Daleen Casteleijn
[OT]
The stepping Stones from input to outcomes: the occupational Therapy perspective
23
2014
Prof Alfred Ramukumba
[OT]
Economic Occupations: the hidden Key to transformation
24
2016
Prof Theresa Lorenzo
[OT]
Where have all the OTTs Gone: Creating a responsive and inclusive occupational therapy workforce
 
2018
 
No Lecture due to WFOT Congress in SA
25
2022
Prof Lana van Niekerk
[OT]
Resilience Contextualised: Occupational Implications
26
2024
Dr. Tania Rauch van der Merwe
[OT]
 
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