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To serve, to represent and to develop

About Occupational Therapy
Occupational therapy 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 their occupational engagement. (WFOT 2012)
Definition of “occupation”:
In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do.
  • Assist with ethical issues in your practice
  • General questions regarding private practice
  • Networking nationally with the OT community
  • Mentoring clinical challenges and private practice matters
  • Represent
  • Private practitioners on OTASA Standing committees:
  • Ethical committee
  • Publications
  • Coding and procedures
  • Education (Occupational science/education: research)
  • Research – treatment protocols
  • Develop
    Providing assistance and funding for practical evidence based studies support and funding in private practice.
    We aim to:
    • Promote the ethics of the profession – assist the OTASA Ethical committee
    • Promote high standard of professional behavior
    • Representation on standing committees and branches
    • Advance aspects of continuous professional education pertaining to the private practitioner, by offering courses, which promote a high standard of therapeutic intervention and efficient practice management
    • Maintain a directory of private practitioners, in conjunction with the OT Office
    • Publish newsletters to disseminate news
    • Promote mentorship
  • Promote co-operation amongst Occupational Therapists in private practice and other allied professionals
  • Re-evaluate and promote minimum standards
  • Clarify and put into writing as part of the standing orders – job descriptions of the executive members
  • Establish and maintain communication with board and branch members.
  • Support and encourage OT’s to take ownership of their own ethical position, to read applicable ethical documents for themselves and to generate discussions at their respective branch meetings
  • Actively involve new OT’s as co-opted members of board / executive committees, to familiarize themselves continually with the information and governing structures, in order to effectively take over in the next term of office and ensure constant growth and continuity for OT’s in Private practice
  • History
    After the first occupational therapists ventured into private practice in the early 1970s, it became evident that a fee structure needed to be compiled for billing purposes. This resulted in the formation of a Private Practitioners ad hoc committee of SAAOT which developed into a fully-fledged OTASA Standing Committee in the early 1980’s.
    SAAOT developed a fee structure with descriptive definitions, units and codes for services rendered by occupational therapists and this basic fee structure was used for negotiations with medical aids, Workman’s Compensation at the Department of Labour, The Road Accident Fund etc. There were annual negotiations with RAMS (Representative Association of Medical Scheme) now known as BHF (Board of Health Care Funders). This standing committee throughout the years continued negotiations in an effort to improve the value of the codes used by the occupational therapist.
    Prior to 1998 a Private Practitioners Standing Committee (PPSC) was established with representatives of all regions who met annually and established the first practice management courses.
    In 1998 a group of occupational therapists in private practice came together to form INSTOPP (Institute of Occupational Therapists in Private Practice).
    Negotiations between the PPSC and INSTOPP resulted in major contributions to the OTASA Organogram which was accepted at the Council Meeting in Cape Town 2004, when it was also decided that the Private Practitioners Service Sector would be governed by INSTOPP. Following further negotiations Instopp affiliated with OTASA and currently represents all occupational therapists in private practice.
    INSTOPP consisting of an executive committee and board continues to go from strength to strength and strives to serve, develop and represent dynamic occupational therapists in private practice and to promote high standards of professional behaviour as stipulated in our constitution. This may include assistance with regards to ethical and legal issues in a practice or general questions regarding a private practice. The practice management courses have continued annually with continued positive feedback. The publishing of our Newsletter with insightful articles for CPD points have continued annually. Instopp also strives to connect occupational therapists nationally and to create a mentoring community to handle challenges of the private practice. INSTOPP continues to be a proffesional institution and platform to serve, develop and represent occupational therapists in private practice in future years to come.
    contact us
    Physical Address :
    213 Richard Street Hatfield Pretoria 0028
    South Africa
    Contact Info :
    El-lerisa Mahomed
    Tel no:0123625457
    Email: otoffice@uitweb.co.za

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