Leadership Program


Transition from expert to leader

A Leadership Program for Occupational Therapists

Learn the foundations of modern leadership and how you can apply this to transform your OT career.

Keep informed of the latest OTA leadership Program.


Program Overview


OTA’s leadership program will transform expert occupational therapists into leaders that elevate the OT profession.

Facilitated by Professor Stephen Duns, this 20-week program will be delivered virtually, together with face-to-face sessions in Victoria’s Hepburn Springs marking the beginning of the program and concluding in the beautiful Yarra Valley.

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Luxury Retreats


Fine Dining


Expert Facilitator

Professional Networking

Digital Workshops

Online Learning Materials


Who Should Enrol


Participants will learn the principles of modern leadership and how it applies to occupational therapy.

This program has been specifically designed for occupational therapists who are:

Emerging and Aspiring Leaders

Newly Appointed Leaders

Established Leaders

Testimonials from past participants

The information provided in this course has been so helpful in creating a solid foundation for effective team management and leadership that has helped me to actualise the personal and professional values and standards that underpin my business.

The face-to-face retreats allowed for deep connections with peers and a safe space to be vulnerable while transitioning from a worker to a leader.

I would recommend this course to anyone!

Lauren Mills


Program Facilitator

Stephen Duns portrait photo

Professor Stephen Duns


I believe in the unlimited potential of human development and one of the greatest challenges for us all is to humanise workplaces so that our identity and our work is sacred.

My greatest joy is to help people grow, making meaning in new ways, understanding themselves in a deeper way and building new levels of confidence.

Stephen is an experienced executive, coach and consulting adviser. His experience includes several Chief Executive Officer and general management roles in small and very large organisations in Australia and the UK. Stephen holds a Doctorate in Business Leadership, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Letters (Psychology) and Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy).


Program Outline


Learning Schedule

Live online workshops and self-paced learning

Thursday 27 June, 2 - 5pm AEST

Thursday 25 July, 2 - 5pm AEST

Course Content

Leading Yourself

Define your ‘why’ and identify your leadership strengths while enhancing self-awareness, self-confidence and resilience.

Leading Others

Discover the principles of high performing teams, how to coach and motivate others and master the art of courageous conversations.

Systems Leadership

Lead across departmental, organisational and sector-based boundaries to influence and manage change.


Download a brochure


Download a brochure to find out more about this transformative program.

Sponsor Our Leadership Program

We are excited to share with you our sponsorship opportunities for the Leadership Program, providing a platform for your organisation to connect with passionate and engaged OTs taking a leadership role in the profession. Spaces are limited so we encourage you to act quickly to review and book your preferred option.

To download the prospectus, kindly input your details in the form on the side. For more details on sponsorship packages and their benefits, feel free to contact our Business Development team at advertising@otaus.com.au or +61 451 807 647.


Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the program cost?

There are several pricing models available depending on your OTA membership status and time of registration. Download a brochure to find out about pricing for this event.

How long does the program run for?

The leadership program runs for 20 weeks - beginning on 11 May 2024 and concluding on 10 October (including six-week check in).

Are meals and beverages included?

For each of the face-to-face sessions, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner is provided on the first day followed by breakfast, morning tea and lunch on the second day. Beverages (including alcohol during dinner) are also included.

Food and beverages consumed from the room’s minibar will be at the expense of the participant.

Can I attend the entirety of this event virtually?

No. While some of the content will be delivered virtually, attendance at the face-to-face workshops is required to complete the program.

Can you cater to dietary requirements?

Yes. Please tell us your dietary requirements when registering for the program and we'll do our best to accommodate your request.

How many people will be attending the event?

The course is capped at 30 participants to maximise networking, small group learning and exposure to expertise in the room.

How does this course differ to other leadership programs?

This leadership program has been designed specifically for expert OTs who are ready to learn the principles of modern leadership and how it applies to occupational therapy.

You'll gain insights from leading OTs about their leadership journey and be inspired to follow in their footsteps.

What can I expect to achieve from the leadership program?

Our leadership program will teach you the skills needed to lead high performing teams, effectively coach and motivate others, master the art of courageous conversations, identify and work with strengths and lead across departmental, organisational and sector-based boundaries to influence and manage change.

For more information about the expected outcomes, please see the program's brochure.

How many CPD hours can I claim for this course?

The total number of contact hours for this program 26 hours. Ahpra's continuing professional development web page has more information about CPD.

Will course materials be provided?

Yes. Course materials will be provided, including hard copies and stationery required for the face-to-face sessions.

What are the accepted methods of payment?

You can either pay by credit card (all major cards including Amex) or by EFT. If EFT is selected, payment must be made within 14 days to secure your place in the program.

Can the invoice be paid by instalments or via buy now pay later providers such as Afterpay?

This service is currently unavailable. The full amount should be paid on the invoice before the due date to secure your place in the program?

What happens if I am unwell and cannot attend the program?

If you are feeling unwell or are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms or have tested positive to COVID-19 in the seven days prior, please do not attend the event.

If at any time, on validated medical grounds, you are unable to attend the in-person event you must cancel your attendance by emailing info@otaus.com.au. A refund may be provided at the discretion of OTA; however, you may be asked to cover any third-party costs Occupational Therapy Australia has already incurred at the time of the cancellation request (such as accommodation costs).

Can I cancel my registration after payment is made?

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide refunds for cancellations received within 30 days of the event; however, an alternative delegate may be submitted. If the replacement delegate isn't an OTA member, the non-member fee will apply, and the difference must be paid immediately and prior to the event.

Where OTA consents to a cancellation request, it will refund the program fees to the customer minus a deduction for any third-party costs which have already been incurred at the time of the cancellation request (such as accommodation costs) that OTA is unable to recover.

Is parking available at both face-to-face venues?

Yes, free parking is available at both Balgownie Estate and Hotel Bellinzona.

I live in a different state/territory to Victoria. How can I get to Hepburn Springs and the Yarra Valley from Melbourne?

We offer complimentary transfers to/from the Savoy Hotel in Melbourne’s CBD for interstate participants. Please specify your preference for transportation when registering for the program. Please contact info@otaus.com.au with any further questions.

Are there any sponsorship opportunities for this event?

Yes, several sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. For more information, please see the sponsorship information above.

I’m a sole trader and am currently not managing a team. Should I register for the program?

Even if you’re an expert OT working for yourself and not currently leading a team, the program has lots to offer you. Here are some program modules that may be of interest to you as a sole trader:

  • Defining your ‘why’
  • Addressing imposter syndrome
  • Giving and receiving feedback
  • Identifying with strengths
  • Mastering the art of courageous conversations
  • Strategic thinking
  • How to confidently work with complexity
  • How to confront bias, question assumptions and avoid generalisations
  • Putting a plan in place for your future

As most of the course content is delivered in face-to-face events, the program will also provide you with a fantastic opportunity to network with other OTs, many of whom may be in a similar position to you, as well as more established leaders of the profession – whether that’s during the workshops, drinks reception or at the dinner table.

I am unavailable to attend one of the online workshops. Will they be recorded?

Yes – the online workshops will be recorded and will be available to watch in the learning management system shortly after the workshop.

I’m already a very established leader. Is the program still relevant to me?

Absolutely. The program focuses on personal development by learning new ideas and practices and the immersive and collegial style of the content delivery is designed to bring participants out of their comfort zones and to stretch their thinking about ways to lead themselves and others.

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