Helga Burger

The president is responsible for the overall leadership of the organization and is the key spokesperson for the association to the public, government, non-governmental organizations, other professionals, professional organizations and occupational therapy organizations worldwide


Christel Kuschke

The secretary manages the correspondence of the NAOT. The secretary takes minutes at every EXCO/NAOT meeting; compiles and sends out the minutes. She manages incoming and outgoing correspondence between the NAOT and the members, as well as members of the public. The secretary compiles newsletters throughout the year and distributes these to the NAOT members.


Barbara Ackermann

The treasurer manages the finances of the NAOT.


Mathilda de Jager (website) & Emma Guthrie (coordinator) Liesel Vermaak (Networking)

This portfolio is responsible for the exchange of information or services among occupational therapists, other professional groups or institutions. The aim is a productive relationship among the professionals and among the members of the community. Is responsible for coordination of all promotional activities of the NAOT and actively seeking new opportunities to promote and increase awareness about the occupational therapy profession.

Lifelong learning/CPD

Marelize Liebenberg & Karen Kunz

Organizing and coordinating monthly NAOT study groups. Organizing and coordinating the annual NAOT multi-disciplinary conference.


Mable Mushonga (Coordinator) | Liezl Elstadt (Private Practice) | Munyaradzi Chimara (State)

The standards portfolio coordinates the process of developing treatment guidelines/ protocols. This portfolio aims to enable therapists to improve their standard of practice by increasing their control over it, through raising awareness of, and making available relevant and applicable norms for various aspects of occupational therapy service delivery and to foster evidence-based, occupation-based, client-centered ethical practice.