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Nominations Open: Sylvia Docker Lecturer 2021

This award honours the work of Sylvia Docker, who established the first training school for Occupational Therapists in Sydney in 1941. The lecture also commemorates the foundation of the Australian Association of Occupational Therapists in December 1945. Gwendoline Sims delivered the first lecture in 1966.

The purpose of the lecture is to encourage occupational therapists in their professional careers and to honor those who have made outstanding contributions to occupational therapy.

The one hour lecture to be presented at the 29th OTA National Conference and Exhibition, held in Cairns from 23-25 June 2021, aims to:

  • Stimulate research into aspects of education and clinical practice in occupational therapy
  • Encourage contribution to the literature of the subjects of education and clinical practice.

In 2021, the lecture should link with the theme of the National Conference Inspired Insights for Brighter Futures. This theme acknowledges the changing context in which our profession practices, and the way the people we work with gain meaning and purpose through occupational engagement.

It recognises that the learnings we have as a profession can positively influence the future in all areas of occupational therapy practice.

Nominations open 28 May 2020 and close 19 July 2020

The Board meet on 22 August to consider the nominations with the successful nominee to be advised by early September 2020. A public announcement will be made following that In line with planned conference communications.

To be eligible for this award you must

  • be an Australian resident
  • been a continuous member of Occupational Therapy Australia for at least five years
  • have rendered outstanding service to occupational therapy in the fields of education or clinical practice
  • have contributed to the growth of Occupational Therapy Australia.

Members are encouraged to nominate a member of OTA who has rendered outstanding service to occupational therapy in the fields of education or clinical practice and contributed to the growth of Occupational Therapy Australia. View the guidelines here.

Applications can be made by emailing the completed nomination form and required attachments including a CV and details of research and publications for the past 5 and 3 years respectively to exec@otaus.com.au by 6pm (Melbourne time) on Sunday 19 July 2020.

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