Welcome to the Occupational Therapy Association of Jamaica The objectives of OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOCIATION OF JAMAICA (OTAJ) as established are to maintain, promote and advance the standards of Occupational Therapy in Jamaica with recognition of the role and advancement of the status of graduate Occupational Therapists as accredited members of the health team. The Occupational Therapy Association Of Jamaica is a member of the Council of Professions Supplementary to Medicine. OTAJ is also a member of the Association of Caribbean Occupational Therapists (A.C.O.T). This regional body seeks to act as the official organization for the promotion of Occupational Therapy in the Caribbean region.

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9th ACOT Biennial Scientific Conference

9th ACOT Biennial Scientific Conference

The 9th ACOT Biennial Scientific Conference was held in Kingston Jamaica on 5-7 November 2009 at the Hilton Hotel. The conference was attended by 25 delegates from 7 countries including the Caribbean Islands, United States and Canada. The day prior to the conference an evening public lecture was completed at the University of West Indies by Dr Paula Dawson, Consultant Physiatrist . This followed by a lively “Meet and Greet” at one of the OT’s houses so everyone could get to know each other.


The conference was officially opened the next day with the Honourable Pernell Charles, Minister of Labour and Social Security present with other Honourable guests. Over the next 2 days OT’s received 10 paper sessions, 3 workshops and 5 poster sessions on a wide diversity of themes including mental health, paediatrics, physical rehabilitation, hand therapy, cognitive rehabilitation, fieldwork education, management and advocacy. After all that hard work a well deserved social event occurred with dinner at Morgan’s Harbour, Port Royal. The next day Lesley Garcia, outgoing ACOT President directed the AGM meeting which sparked many discussions and enthusiasm from members. One important discussion was centred around the development of an OT training programme in the Caribbean with the University of West Indies, Jamaica and the University of Trinidad and Tobago both working on this objective. A new ACOT Executive was elected for 2010-2012 at the meeting.


Overall the conference was a great success. Congratulations to the conference committee on such a well organised event. Good luck to the new ACOT Executive. The 10th ACOT Biennial Scientific Conference is scheduled for 2011 in Barbados.


Opening Ceremony with the Honourable Pearnell Charles , Minister of Labour and Social Security, Dr Paula Dawson, Consultant Physiatrist, Lisa Stoddart Millingen, OTAJ President and Lesley Garcia, ACOT President

Honourable Pearnell Charles, Minister of Labour and Social Security in conversation with Lesley Garcia, ACOT Presidents Children from McCAM Child Development Centre complete a performance at the opening ceremony
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