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Regulations on Profession of Occupational Therapy Drawn Up

November 9, 2021

Department of Health

Draft Regulations Defining the Scope of the Profession of Occupational Therapy have been drawn up.

The health department published the Draft Regulations in Government Gazette 45426 for comment in terms of the Health Professions Act.

The Draft Regulations focus on specific occupational therapy acts; occupational and pre-occupational categories of the occupational therapy profession and pre-occupational categories.

Categories of occupation that occupational therapists must enable participation and enhance performance in include education and learning; leisure; personal and community living; play; social participation and work.

Pre-occupational categories include biomechanical and neurological factors; interpersonal factors; psycho-social factors and sensory and perceptual factors.

Comment on the Draft Regulations is invited within three months of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, the department has outlined Covid-19 vaccination programme communication priorities.

The department confirmed that another Vooma Vaccination Weekend is set for 12-14 November 2021.

Sisonke 2 that provides a booster shot of J&J to health workers who participated in the Sisonke study earlier in 2021 gets underway on Monday 8 November.

The department also called on people with disabilities to be prioritized for vaccination.

By 5 November, 12,823,799 people had been fully vaccinated.

The department pointed out that the 4th wave of the Covid-19 pandemic is likely to hit South Africa early in the new year.

“We want to prevent every death, but we can crush much of the power of the 4th wave by vaccinating more than 85% of people aged 50 and older. That means providing first dose vaccinations to at least 3.6 million more people 50+ by the end of the year.”