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News from Member Organisations June 2021 - Australia

29th National Conference and Exhibition – 23rd June - 25th June

The way people engage with peers and learn has inevitably changed in the past year, and despite the changes OTA are excited to provide our National Conference in an accessible, virtual format for delegates from around the world.

OTA feel an appropriate theme is ‘Inspired Insights for Brighter Futures’, as we reflect on the year gone, but also look forward to positive change in the profession moving forward. The way we learn and engage may change, however the quality of learning remains a top priority for us at OTA, supporting the growth, the profile and the stakeholders within Occupational Therapy.

Fully Virtual Event

The fully virtual event will begin on the June 23 and finish on June 25, hosted by Occupational Therapy Australia. This hosted event will feature a number of thought leaders, including, the Hon Michael Kirby, Gregory Phillips, Professor Lindy Clemson, Karen Whalley Hammel and Marilyn Pattison to share insights aligned to the theme.

There will also be a number of other speakers, sharing their knowledge on practice areas, such as Mental Health, Paediatrics and more, enabling a unique learning experience for attendees. With over 100 presentations, delegates are encouraged to engage with speakers from a variety of practice areas and deepen their learning.

Engagement Hubs

Feedback from members has shown the desire to enable face-to-face networking opportunities, as it became a causality of COVID in the past 12 months. ‘Engagement Hubs’ are within select Australian cities and provide an opportunity to watch the keynote speeches at a catered space with peers and exhibitors in the profession.

Education Day

‘Education Day’ is designed to serve academics and educators in the field of Occupational Therapy the day before the Conference, on June 22. Hosted as a virtual event, with workshop and discussions along with speakers, provides educators with insights from experts such as Nerida Hyett, Shelley Wright and Valerie Watchorn. Attendees can also hear from Australian education institutions, such as Curtin University and Western Sydney University to assist in developing their academic career.

OTA hope to welcome you to the 29th National Conference and Exhibition 2021 to come together to share and learn about Inspired Insights for Brighter Futures. You can still find out more and register, on our site here.