The OT link is excited to welcome Nabeela Laher, founder of Rehab For All South Africa, an advocacy platform that promotes access to innovative support services for people with disabilities in South Africa, to present the video portion of this course.
Nabeela Laher is a registered Physiotherapist , social entrepreneur and consultant in health and disability innovation. She has had a diverse career across government, private and non-profit sectors, and has a special interest in developing rehabilitation services that are innovative, accountable and accessible to more people. Nabeela is a graduate of Social Entrepreneurship Programmes at Gordon Institute of Business Science, and Impact Hub Johannesburg, and is the founder of Rehab For All South Africa, an advocacy platform that promotes access to innovative support services for people with disabilities in South Africa.
Stickley, A & Hall, K 2017, ‘Social enterprise: A model of recovery and social inclusion for occupational therapy practice in the UK’, Mental Health and Social Inclusion, vol. 21, no. 2, pp. 91-101. https://doi.org/10.1108/MHSI01-2017-0002
With the possibility of the National Health Insurance on our horizons in South Africa, the need for innovation in the way we conceptualise and provide rehabilitation services is real.
Social enterprise is an emerging arena for occupational therapy practice in the UK as a means to address job shortages and limitations in service delivery.
This qualitative research listed and reviewed various social enterprises which employ OTS in the UK. The research explored the compatibility of the occupational therapy philosophy within a social enterprise model with particular focus on promotion of health, well being and occupational justice. Benefits and challenges were identified with respect to OTs, service users and the occupational therapy profession.
This article offers some interesting business and professional insights into possibilities for OT service delivery in this setting.