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Welcome to Occupational Therapy

​​The Department of Occupational Therapy is a leading academic entity in the provision of competent, reflective practitioners for comprehensive health care. We offer undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in occupational therapy, with a community-based approach to education and research. The Department has an active community engagement and outreach programme in the Western Cape.


 Occupational Therapy (OT)



Occupational therapy is a client-centered 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 too or are expected to do, or by modifying their occupations or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT, 2012)


Occupational therapists provide a wide range of services in diverse contexts.  Examples of these are hospitals, clients’ homes, schools, places of work, communities, vocational rehabilitation centres, insurance companies and private practices. 


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