Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition 2019


Thursday 11 July 2019
1.35pm - 5.10pm
International Convention Centre Sydney



The careers forum is designed for students or new graduates who are interested in gaining more information on employment to support them in their first year/s of job seeking.  As you focus on commencing or re-establishing your career as an occupational therapist, the careers forum will provide you with important insights and tips, including:

  • A new graduates journey
  • What the future for health and social care looks like
  • Supervision: what it is and how to make the most of it
  • What employers are looking for in an interview
  • Professional resilience and
  • Exploring overseas opportunities

Don't miss out on the opportunity to hear directly from experienced clinicians, employers and managers, and recently graduate OTs.  Ask your questions, and interact with other graduating, new and experienced occupational therapists.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to interact with Conference exhibitors and view a range of products and services currently available in the market.


Registration Open for Careers Forum Only Attendees
1.35pm - 1.45pm

Welcome to the Careers Forum and Introduction to Occupational Therapy Australia

Lindsay Vernon
Professional Adviser: Learning and Development, Occupational Therapy Australia

1.45pm - 2.05pm

New Graduate Story  

Eliza Bambridge

2.05pm - 2.30pm

What is the Future of Occupational Therapy in Health and Social Care?   
Anita Volkert

National Manager: Professional Practice and Development

2.30pm - 2.55pm

Supervision: What It Is and How to Get the Most From It

Anita Volkert
National Manager: Professional Practice and Development

2.55pm - 3.35pm

Panel: What Are Employers Looking For and Expecting In An Interview

Panel Moderator:  Linda Elliott
Panel Members: Carolyn Dun, Heidi Long, Nataya Branjerdporn and Kim Walder

3.35pm - 4.10pm
Afternoon Tea
4.10pm - 4.45pm

Professional Resilience: Staying Supported In Your Profession

Dr Samantha Ashby
Senior Lecturer, The University of Newcastle

4.45pm - 5.05pm

Working Abroad: Alternative Opportunities to Develop OT Skills

Australian Volunteers

5.05pm - 5.10pm
 Closing Remarks



 1) Register for the Careers Forum Only ($95 Member) which includes the Forum program and afternoon tea.


Please note:  If you have already registered for the National Conference (full registration or Thursday day registration), you are not required to register for the Careers Forum separately.  You may simply attend on the day.


2) Purchase a Thursday Day Registration for the National Conference ($185 Member) and spend the morning at the National Conference before attending the Careers Forum in the afternoon. This includes access to the full Thursday program, morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea. For more information on how to register, visit the Registration page.


3) Attend the full National Conference (Wednesday - Friday) which includes access to the Student Careers Forum, a three day program and more!  For more information on fees, inclusions and how to register, visit the Registration page.



Save on your Careers Forum or National Conference registration by becoming an OTA Member. For more information visit www.otaus.com.au/membership

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