044 – OTAus2019 Conference Reflection

OT Australia Conference

On July 10-12th 2019 I found my way to Sydney for the 28th Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference & Exhibition. This was my 4th Australian National Conference which runs every 2 years. In this episode, I’d love to highlight some of the key moments and amazing inspirations for me from #OTAus2019.

Key Conference Stats


  • 1419 Registrations (Record Number!)
  • 915 OTA Members
  • 283 Students & New Graduates
  • 14 Countries
    • Australia, Canada, Denmark, Hong Kong, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam


  • 642 Abstract Submissions
  • 6 Occupation Stations (New Format!)
  • 347 Oral Presentations
  • 168 ePosters

Exhibition & Media

  • 18 Organisations Sponsoring
  • 120 Organisations Exhibiting
  • 40+ First Time Exhibitors
  • 12 Media Releases
Conference Plenary
Leigh Sales AM and her brilliant presentation about adjusting after life-changing events.
Conference Keynote
Associate Professor Natasha Lannin and her amazing keynote focused on how we can sustainably get more clinician-researchers within the profession
Sylvia Docker Conference presentation
The omnificent Professor Gail Whiteford mesmerising the audience and pushing the profession to live up to its true potential in her Sylvia Docker Lecture.
Conference Debate
The Debate: Should the profession ditch the categories of Self-care, Productivity and Leisure?

Overall I have a fantastic time. It was so amazing to meet so many of you who listen to the podcast and your stories and kind words really made my conference so to those who came and said hi, thank you so much 🙂

(Stats and all photos from https://otaus.com.au/media-and-advocacy/news/photo-gallery-ota-28th-national-conference-and-exhibition-2019

Keep Occupied

Brock Cook

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