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Welcome to the Department of Occupational Therapy

The Department of Occupational Therapy at the University of the Western Cape was established around 1984. It is a leading academic entity that offers quality undergraduate and postgraduate occupational therapy education programmes. Our graduates are competent, reflective practitioners who are able to practice at all levels of the health care system. Furthermore, we offer a strong, community-based approach to education, practice and research. Staff and students are actively involved in community engagement programmes. Staff have a diverse range of experience as occupational therapists, educators and researchers. In addition, five staff hold PhDs and two staff members are National Research Foundation (NRF) rated researchers.

According to the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (2012), 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 their occupations or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

Occupational therapists provide a wide range of services for people of all age groups within diverse contexts.  Examples of these are hospitals, rehabilitation centres, special needs centres, homes for senior citizens, clients’ homes, schools, places of work, communities, vocational rehabilitation centres, insurance companies and private practices. 

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