The OT Link is delighted to bring you this recorded session with Prof. Rita Thom, back by popular demand in 2023.
Prof. Rita Thom is a general psychiatrist with diverse interests and work experience in both the public and private sectors. She has experience in general adult psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, neuropsychiatry, eating disorders as well as assessment and rehabilitation of disability related to psychiatric disorders. She is an honorary Adjunct Professor in the Division of Psychiatry where she is involved in post-graduate teaching and research and also serves on the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University of the Witwatersrand. She has been involved in teaching and training health care practitioners at all levels within the health system on a continuous basis throughout her career. She has developed and implemented training materials for clinicians to improve mental health care for people living with HIV (children, adolescents and adults). She also has an interest and involvement in public mental health and has played an active role in various portfolios in the South African Society of Psychiatrists throughout her career. She believes that there is a critical need for strong advocacy in accessing resources for people with mental disorders.