About Occupational Therapy:

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 the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. (WFOT 2012)

Definition of “occupation”:

In occupational therapy, occupations refer to the everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life. Occupations include things people need to, want to and are expected to do.



We are here to:


  • Assist with ethical issues in your practice
  • General questions regarding private practice
  • Networking nationally with the OT community
  • Mentoring clinical challenges and private practice matters


  • Private practitioners on OTASA Standing committees:
  • Ethical committee
  • Publications
  • Coding and procedures
  • Education (Occupational science/education:  research)
  • Research – treatment protocols


  • Providing assistance and funding for practical evidence based studies support and funding in private practice 


We aim to:

  • Promote the ethics of the profession – assist the OTASA Ethical committee
  • Promote high standard of professional behavior
  • Representation on standing committees and branches
  • Advance aspects of continuous professional education pertaining to the private practitioner, by offering courses, which promote a high standard of therapeutic intervention and efficient practice management
  • Maintain a directory of private practitioners, in conjunction with the OT Office
  • Publish newsletters to disseminate news
  • Promote co-operation amongst Occupational Therapists in private practice and other allied professionals
  • Promote mentorship
  • Re-evaluate and promote minimum standards
  • Clarify and put into writing as part of the standing orders - job descriptions of the executive members
  • Establish and maintain communication with board and branch members.
  • Support and encourage OT’s to take ownership of their own ethical position, to read applicable ethical documents for themselves and to generate discussions at their respective branch meetings
  • Actively involve new OT’s as co-opted members of board / executive committees, to familiarize themselves continually with the information and governing structures, in order to effectively take over in the next term of office and ensure constant growth and continuity for OT’s in Private practice


The INSTOPP board: