Occupational Therapy Australia 28th National Conference and Exhibition 2019


8.30am - 5.00pm
International Convention Centre, Sydney



Justin Scanlan, Chair
Nerida Hyett, Session Lead
Carol McKinstry, Session Lead
Samantha Ashby
Ali Dymmott
Courtenay Harris
Genevieve Pepin

The Education Day Sub-Committee would also like to acknowledge the significant contribution made by Dr Chontel Gibson and the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander OT Network, for their support and leadership in developing the Education Day.


Education Day is a professional development workshop for occupational therapy academics and clinicians held the day prior to the National Conference.

The full program will be available shortly but in the meantime please see below for a program at a glance:

8.30am - 9.00am
Registration Open
9.00am - 9.05am 
Welcome to Country - Uncle Chicka Madden
9.05am - 9.10am
Introduction to Education Day
9.10am - 1.00pm

Morning Session: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Curriculum Development in Occupational Therapy Courses    
[including 30-minute morning tea break]


Key Speaker:
Professor Juanita Sherwood

Associate Dean, Indigenous Strategy and Services, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Sydney

Session objectives:

  • Understand new accreditation standards and stronger focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health
  • Identify processes and strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum development that can be applied to occupational therapy courses
  • Identify issues that can present with this curriculum development and understand how they can be addressed

Topics to be covered:

  • Overview of new accreditation standards including focus on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health curriculum - Lynne Adamson and Jill Hummell, Occupational Therapy Council of Australia
  • Overview of a curriculum development process illustrating processes, issues and how they were overcome/addressed
  • Rationale for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health/decolonising curriculum for health graduate clinical and cultural capability
  • Key issues and strategies specific to curriculum development in occupational therapy courses

Practical components of the session:

  • Round table discussions on curriculum mapping, national curriculum frameworks, cultural safety theory, decolonisation, white fragility and dealing with discomfort and working with resistance, governance and advocating for support/resources, navigating university systems, Student Feedback Survey and student evaluation

1.00pm - 1.45pm
Lunch Break
1.45pm - 5.00pm

Afternoon Session: Developing Your Academic Career
[including 30-minute afternoon tea break]

Session objectives:

  • Development of a your individual 5-year plan
  • Leave the session with increased confidence as an academic and feeling supported
  • Establish a resource for OTA members relating to developing an academic career

Topics to be covered:

  • Profile of the Australian occupational therapy academic workforce - A/Prof Carol McKinstry
  • Transition from clinician to academic - A/Prof Mandy Stanley and Dr Shelley Wright
  • Panel on academic options: Teaching and research, research only, teaching focused, management/leadership, clinician researcher/knowledge translation – Prof Angus Buchanan, A/Prof Mandy Stanley, Prof Gail Whiteford and Dr Shelley Wright
  • Promotions process - A/Prof Carol McKinstry and panel

Practical components of the session:

  • Working on your 5-year career plan
  • Discussion in small groups with similar career stage academics and experienced academics, including practical advice on career goals, getting promoted, mentoring and support needed and ways of managing everything as an academic.
 5.00pmThank You and Close





Member $195

Non-Member $275




To qualify for a member rate, you will need to be a member of Occupational Therapy Australia, NZAOT, WFOT  or an International Association that is a member of WFOT or another approved allied health professional association.  Your membership status will be verified with the relevant association upon registration.
NOTE: Please note that in order to be entitled to the OTA Member rate for the Conference, OT registrants must have signed up for membership for the July 2019 / June 2020 period.  Thank you.



Full Education Day Registration includes:

• Name badge and Education Day materials
• Lunch, morning and afternoon tea 


If you are attending the National Conference and Education Day, please register via the online Conference Registration Form.

If you wish to only attend Education Day, please click here.

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