Association Awards

Occupational Therapy Australia has an awards program incorporating student awards, National awards, trustee prizes and Divisional awards.

 

Lifetime Achievement Award (Honorary Life Membership)

The Lifetime Achievement Award is granted to Occupational Therapy Australia members who have shown meritorious services in the field of occupational therapy while displaying exemplary contributions in support of the Association.

Lee Zakrzewski
Lee graduated as an occupational therapist in 1973 and has been a continuous and active member of the Association since that time. She has worked as a clinician and manager for a number of years before taking up a series of academic appointments. Lee is known as a pioneer and expert in fieldwork education around Australia and completed her doctural studies in this area. In addition to her outstanding contribution to the occupational therapy profession through the development of fieldwork programs, Lee has played a significant role in supporting and representing the Association locally, nationally and internationally.

Thelma Burnett
Thelma graduated as an occupational therapist in 1969 in WA, and since then has been a member and an active contributor to her professional association, and to her profession in the workplace. She is one of a small number of occupational therapists who has almost continuously held a position on at least one committee or working party for the profession throughout the length of her long and distinguished career. She has made a significant contribution and worked tirelessly for the profession at local, national and international levels for nearly fifty years.

This award is currently closed; applications will open towards the end of 2019.

 

Student Awards

OTA works with Universities to support a range of awards. 

Occupational Therapy Australia (OTA) values OT students and their engagement with their future profession. The association would like to acknowledge students who endeavour to engage with their future profession as they complete their study. OTA is delighted to award one student from each graduating cohort.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: OTA New Graduate Membership

Applications for the Student Award are currently closed. Download further information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details for more information

 

Professional Excellence and Contribution to the Profession

Sylvia Docker Lecture

The Sylvia Docker lecture was established in 1964, to honour Miss Sylvia Docker who established the first training school for Occupational Therapists in Sydney in 1941.

  • Frequency: Biennial
  • Prize: Gift, travel to conference, accommodation, conference fees and framed certificate

The lecture also commemorates the foundation of the AAOT in 1945. The first lecture was delivered at the 4th Conference of the AAOT in 1966, by Miss Gwendoline Sims, Senior Occupational Therapist at the Royal prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney. The purpose of the lecture is to encourage occupational therapists in their professional careers and to honour those who have outstanding contributions to occupational therapy.

Current Recipient
Susan Gilbert-Hunt

Past Recipients
1966 Gwendoline Sims
1968 Sara Philcox
1970 Betty Cameron
1973 Lillian Weickhorst
1975 Janet Sloane
1976 Bronwyn Farquhar
1978 Freda Jacobs
1980 Elaine Wilson
1982 Cecilie Bearup
1984 Joanna Barker
1986 Clio Wallace
1988 Carolyn Webster
1991 Janet Bell
1993 Ruth Grayson
1995 Peggy Farrow
1997 Jeannine Millsteed
1999 Ann Wilcock
2001 Anne Cusick
2003 Louise Farnworth
2005 Marilyn Pattison
2008 Rebecca Allen
2011 Sylvia Rodger
2013 Natasha Layton
2015 Jenny Ziviani
2017 Susan Gilbert-Hunt

This award is currently closed for 2019.

 

Gwendoline Sims Memorial Award

The Gwendoline Sims Memorial Award aims to provide an occupational therapist with financial support to further self-education and professional growth, either by conducting a relevant study or an investigative project.

  • Frequency: Biennial
  • Prize: Cheque $2,000 and framed certificate

The Gwendoline Sims Memorial Award is in memory of Gwendoline Sims. Ms. Sims was the first occupational therapy graduate in Australia, the first Sylvia Docker lecturer and for many years, Vice President of the NSWAOT (now OT AUSTRALIA NSW). Her contribution at both State and National levels was particularly significant.

Current Recipient
Linda Barclay

Past Recipients
1989 Heather Mudie
1993 Carol Grainger
1999 Kryss McKenna
2001 Ellie Fossey
2005 Margaret Wallen
2013 Linda Barclay

This award is currently closed for 2019.

 

Elaine B Wilson Memorial Award

The Elaine B Wilson Memorial Award is in recognition of the life's work of Elaine Wilson to occupational therapy with children and their families and is only awarded to a recent occupational therapy graduate.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Cheque for $200, framed certificate

Current Recipient
Karen Morrissey

Past Recipients
2001 Fiona Nielsen
2003 Gillian Fowler
2005 Jennifer Jones
2007 Kate Johns
2008 Melinda Conroy
2008 Thomas Bevitt
2010 Anne Baker
2011 Emma Cowie
2013 Tess Steventon
2017 Karen Morrissey

This award is currently closed for 2019.

 

Trustee Prizes

Trustee prizes are bestowed unto members as a result of bequests left to Occupational Therapy Australia.

Kryss McKenna Award

Occupational Therapy Australia established the Kryss McKenna Award in 2008, to honour the dedication and significant contribution made by Associate Professor Kryss McKenna to developing academic OT writers in Australia, at all levels, from undergraduate and graduate students to clinicians, and to her long and productive association with the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. This award recognises a first time author of a research or feature article in the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Cheque for $200 & Framed Certificate

Current Recipient
Mary Evatt

Past Recipients
2010 Lorrae Mynard
2013 Carolynne White
2014 Anne Honey
2016 Mary Evatt

 

Elspeth Pearson Award

The Elspeth Pearson Award enables award recipients to advance their clinical skills and expertise through access to professional development opportunities. This award has been made possible through the generosity of Elspeth Pearson's family and the Elspeth Pearson Estate.

This fund enables recently qualified occupational therapists (qualified for up to 3 years), and this year for the first time, final year occupational therapy students, to broaden their education and experience within the profession up to the value of $15,000.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Award fund up to $15,000

2017 Elspeth Pearson Award Winner: Elizabeth Ainsworth

Elizabeth will be attending the Housing/Home Modifications Conference in Belfast (November 2017), to be held by the College of Occupational Therapists (Housing section) in the British Association of Occupational Therapists. The theme of the conference is “Housing, health and social care: the keys for independent living”. By being awarded the prize, Elizabeth will be presenting on her research on measuring home modification outcomes and to provide information on housing, health, and social care work together in Australia.

As an adjunct to the conference, Elizabeth will have the opportunity to meet with key stakeholders in the Belfast housing service and The Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in Dublin.

We look forward to hearing about all the learnings from Elizabeth’s trip, particularly working with OTAs Home Modifications Reference Group and stakeholders in the policy realm.

This award is currently closed for 2019.

 

Research Awards

These Research Awards acknowledge a member’s contribution towards the advancement of the research base of occupational therapy in three categories, Open, Postgraduate and Undergraduate.

  • Frequency: Biennial
  • Prize: $500 and a framed certificate

There are awards in three categories:

Category 1 - Early Career Researcher
Research conducted by an occupational therapist prior to completion of their PhD or up to a maximum of four years’ academic research experience following the completion of their PhD, or be of equivalent professional standing - AHRC.

Category 2 - Mid Career Researcher
This category refers to research conducted by an occupational therapist 5-10 years from the award of their PhD or with equivalent professional standing.

Category 3 - Clinical Researcher
This category refers to research undertaken by an occupational therapist, who holds a substantive clinical position.

Category 4 – Research Team
This category refers to research undertaken by a team where the lead investigator is an occupational therapist. 

Undergraduate Category

Current Recipient
Hayley Smith

Past Recipients
1991 Leigh Tooth
1993 Sally Davison
1995 Melissa Mew
1997 Emily Ginbey
1998 Catherine Yule
1999 Naomi Priest
2001 Melanie Gray
2003 Melina Simmond
2005 Nicole Sharp
2011 Donne Burger
2013 Milly Kohn
2015 Grace Branjerdom
2017 Hayley Smith

Postgraduate Category

Current Recipient
Elizabeth Pearson

Past Recipients
1988 Margaret Mudie & Janet Binstead
1993 Anna Murphy
1995 Monica Moran
1997 Traci-Anne Goyen
1999 Louise Farnworth
2001 Cathy McBryde
2005 Hazel Bassett
2007 Melinda Randall
2011 Pauline Boland
2013 Nicole Andrews
2015 Emma Campbell
2017 Elizabeth Pearson

Open Category

Current Recipient
Professor Iona Novak

Past Recipients
1991 Leanne Carey
1991 Sue Findlay
1993 Lindy Clemson & Maryanne Roland
1995 Sharon Doyle & Margaret Wallen
1997 Jennifer Fleming
1999 Margaret Wallen, Fiona Williams, Donna Knapp
2001 Chris Lloyd, Hazel Bassett
2003 Natasha Lannin
2005 Annie McCluskey
2011 Belinda Carr
2013 Lindy Clemson
2015 Christine Imms
2017 Professor Iona Novak

This award is currently closed.


Divisional Awards

Mary Rankine Wilson (MRW) Memorial Award

The Mary Rankine Wilson Memorial Award for Professional Excellence is an annual award for Queensland OTA members. This award was established in 1994 to honour the memory of Mary Rankine Wilson AM. Mary was a founding member of the Association and past president. She was a great visionary for the occupational therapy profession, a quiet achiever who encouraged a high standard of professional skills and involvement in our professional association.

The Mary Rankine Wilson (MRW) Memorial Award is awarded to those showing a high standard of professional skills and involvement in our professional association.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Cheque for $750 and a framed certificate

Current Recipient
Associate Professor Jenny Fleming

Past Recipients
1994 Patsy Bjerregaard (Inaugural Award)
1995 Judith Trevan-Hawke
1996 Louise van Willigen
1997 Jenny Ziviani
1998 Sandra King
1999 Jenny Strong
2000 Julie Connell
2001 Chris Lloyd
2002 Judy Rabbitt
2003 Moira Boyle
2004 Kryss McKenna
2005 Linda Hansen
2006 Angela Thynne
2007 Cathy McBryde
2008 Craig Greber
2009 Sylvia Rodger
2010 Deirdre Cooke
2011 Yvonne Thomas
2012 Dr Louise Gustafsson
2013 Elizabeth Ainsworth
2014 Associate Professor Tammy Hoffmann​
2015 Associate Professor Jenny Fleming

This award is currently closed.


OT of the NT Award

The OT of the NT Award is given to an occupational therapist working in the Territory who has made an outstanding contribution to their profession. This award provides ongoing recognition to our members, many of whom represent the profession and the Association on a long term and consistent basis, as well as acknowledging that they are simply remarkable Occupational Therapists.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Fulltime OTA Membership for the following year to OTA and a framed certificate

Applications for this award close 31 August 2019. Download further OT of the NT Award information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details and contact OTA to apply.


Clinical Research Bursaries

Clinical Research Bursaries are offered, on a competitive basis, to occupational therapists who are current members of Occupational Therapy Australia residing in NT/QLD. Applicants may vary from those already undertaking clinical research to members wishing to commence clinical research.

  • Frequency: Biennial
  • Prize: Several projects/research applications may be awarded, up to a total of $3000

Applications for Clinical Research Bursaries are currently closed. Download further Clinical Research Bursaries information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details for more information.

 

Louise Van Willigen Memorial Professional Development Scholarship

The Louise Van Willigen Memorial Professional Development Scholarship is an annual scholarship of Occupational Therapy Australia - Qld Division established in 2004 to honour the memory of Louise Van Willigen. It was established to provide financial resources to enable applicants to access continuing professional development activities. These activities may assist the applicant to acquire skills and knowledge that will promote leadership of the profession, provide vision in developing occupational therapy services, and to positively influence the development of the profession for the future. These goals are in accordance with the professional life and values held by Louise Van Willigen.

Louise Van Willigen

Louise was a guide and mentor in our professional association and served as president for two terms from 1986 to 1988 also filling the roles of vice president and treasurer/secretary at other times. She was a great visionary for the occupational therapy profession encouraging a high standard of professional skills and involvement in our professional association.

Louise, along with dedicated groups of volunteer members, (particularly during the 70’s and 80’s) worked to provide all member services to keep the association moving forward with the vision of a strong and well respected profession.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Scholarship fund for $550

Applications for Louise Van Willigen Memorial Professional Development Scholarship are currently closed. Download further information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details for more information.

 

Betty S Cameron Award

To recognise the outstanding honorary endeavour or achievement, by an individual member, that contributes significantly towards the objectives and the strategic plan of the Victorian Division. This contribution to the Association may be of a short, intensive duration of about one to two years or over a more extended period of time.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Cheque for $200 & Framed Certificate

Nominations for this award are now closed. Download information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details and contact OTA to apply.

 

Wilma Wheatland Award

This award recognises an outstanding contribution made by a person who has worked closely with members of the occupational therapy profession to significantly further and enhance the objectives of Occupational Therapy Australia Victoria Division.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: Cheque for $200 & Framed Certificate

Nominations for this award are now closed. Download information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details and contact OTA to apply.

 

Innovators in Practice Award

This award recognises innovative practice and demonstrated excellence that has benefited or improved the life of a client, group, process or service.

  • Frequency: Annual
  • Prize: $500 VISA Gift Card, Framed Certificate & Announcement across OTA publications

Download information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details. To apply or nominate please fill in the application form and send to wa@otaus.com.au

Current Recipient
Ashleigh Bunce

Past Recipients
2016 Jodie Heath

 

Enabling Excellence Award

This award recognises the supervisor, mentor, academic or colleague who has gone above and beyond to support another occupational therapist or group of occupational therapists to enable excellence in the profession.

  • Prize: $500 VISA Gift Card, Framed Certificate & Announcement across OTA publications

Download information including Eligibility Criteria and Selection Process details. To apply or nominate please fill in the application form and send to wa@otaus.com.au

 

Williams OT Innovative Service Delivery Award (Individual or Group)

This Award recognises the valued contribution of South Australian OTs who have initiated, or assisted in the development of an, innovative model of service delivery within the last 5 years.

  • Prize: $500

Nominations Close Friday 22 November 2019

For the selection critieria or to apply and/or nominate please fill in the nomination form and send to miriam.hobson@otaus.com.au

 

Brazier Mobility Supported Research Award (Individual or Group)

This Award highlights the achievement of a project by South Australian OTs that involves research into some aspect of occupational therapy where there is little current published knowledge which progresses the capability of the profession in improving community outcomes.

  • Prize: $1,000

Nominations Close Friday 22 November 2019

For the selection critieria or to apply and/or nominate please fill in the nomination form and send to miriam.hobson@otaus.com.au

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