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What is OTSA?
OTSA is the Occupational Therapy Student Alliance. It is made up of 1st to 4th year OT students at SCU Gold Coast. Annual membership to OTSA is FREE to any student enrolled in the BOT course- but all members must also be paid members of Coastrs– ($1 made payable annually to Coastrs at their office on Level 4 in Building B). OTSA receives funding from the University each year drawn from student contributions (SSAF), which allows us to subsidise events of interest, including the annual Allied Health Student Conference.
The OTSA Committee (2017) is made up of the following 2nd and 3rd year students:
Benjamin Wild (President), Jacqueline Jones (Secretary), Skye Rymill (Treasurer), and General Committee members- Thai Nguyen, Anita Mitchell, Lisa Dickie, Megan Su, and Klaira Guy.
If you want to ask any questions- or have suggestions for events- then please contact us at otsa.scu@gmail.com You can find us on Facebook too (but please contact the committee via email)- search Occupational Therapy Student Alliance.

Objectives & Aims of OTSA: (subject to change)
The Occupational Therapy Student Alliance (or OTSA) was created by students in 2011 at the Southern Cross University Gold Coast campus. The club’s aims and objectives are as follows:

1.    To promote Occupational Therapy within the overall BOT cohort, at Southern Cross University, and in the wider community (includes fundraising and events).

2.    To support and mentor fellow Bachelor of Occupational Therapy students through shared experiences, resource sharing, and social and academic events.

3.    To provide training and further education opportunities relevant to enhanced learning and clinical placement requirements (e.g. guest speakers, First Aid & CPR, workshops).

4.    To provide networking opportunities with fellow Occupational Therapy students, staff, and industry, as well as other students and Allied Health clubs at SCU (e.g. Allied Health Conference, Inter-club events).

5.  To foster a club with long-term goals that works across the year groups to strengthen and develop the work of others in building a consistent and sustainable club.

Websites of Interest:

Facebook: SCU OT- 2017 1st Year:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1767178453603561/

Getting Started at SCU- NEW STUDENTS:
http://scu.edu.au/students/index.php/2

Academic Skills:
http://scu.edu.au/students/index.php/118

Uni Mentor:
http://scu.edu.au/equity/index.php/70

Technology Support (free Microsoft Office download):
http://scu.edu.au/it/index.php/91

Textbooks:
http://www.coop.com.au/
https://studentvip.com.au/
www.abebooks.com

Gold Coast Community Guide:
http://www.goldcoast.qld.gov.au/gold-coast-community-guide-4378.html
CoastRs Student Association:
https://www.facebook.com/SCUCoastRs/
Southern Cross University Student Magazine:
www.scusm.com.au

BOT Faculty page:
https://www.facebook.com/OTSCU/
OT Australia-
https://www.otaus.com.au/
OT QLD-
https://www.otaus.com.au/divisions/qld
OT NSW-
http://www.otnsw.com.au/index.php

Scholarships:

Here’s a few websites that may be of use for students wishing to apply for scholarships this year:
SCU-
http://scu.edu.au/scholarships/index.php/35/
GOOD UNI’s GUIDE-
https://www.gooduniversitiesguide.com.au/scholarships – search for OT.
SARRAH-
http://sarrah.org.au/content/external-scholarships
CEF-
http://engage.cef.org.au/page/18/scholarship
CRANA-
https://crana.org.au/membership/scholarships
ACEN-
http://acen.edu.au/search/scholarship/
http://acen.edu.au/student-scholarships/
NRHA-
http://www.ruralhealth.org.au/scholarships

APP: for Phone or iPad.

Southern Cross University also has an App for your phone. It includes PULSE- (the ‘student voice’ for comments and complaints, as well as links to BLACKBOARD (which also has an App- good for checking your grades on the go), and much, much more.

Follow us on Facebook – Occupational Therapy Student Alliance or email us to join otsa.scu@gmail.com