Published on 12 November 2012
12 November 2012
About 340 occupational therapists and OT academics from around the world attended a conference hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast recently – and none of them had to leave their workplaces.
USC hosted the third annual conference, known as the OT 24-hour Virtual Exchange or OT24Vx, for the first time.
USC Lecturer in Occupational Therapy Anita Hamilton started the wholly online conference with colleagues on four continents to boost the accessibility of information and expertise for all people working in the field.
“We are passionate about using online technology to advance entry-level education, ongoing professional development, research and practice,” she said.
About 200 students are enrolled in USC’s OT degree. Occupational therapists work to improve the skills and abilities of people who have experienced physical or mental health issues.
Ms Hamilton said the successful 2012 conference involved multiple presentations and interaction from attendees for 24 uninterrupted hours from 10am on 30 October to 10am on 31 October AEST.
She said the conference started with a traditional Welcome to Country by Lyndon Davis and included presentations by USC Head of School of Health and Sport Sciences Professor John Lowe and researcher Jane Shamrock.
USC’s information technology and learning and teaching departments together with team members from occupational therapy provided strong support.
— Julie Schomberg