Dr Sanet Du Toit
PhD, Master of Science (Occupational Therapy), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Lecturer, Occupational Therapy
C43A - Jeffrey Miller Admin Building Cumberland Campus
The University of Sydney
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Ageing and Health
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Sanet du Toit commenced her academic career in Bloemfontein, South Africa, where she was employed for 13 years and became senior lecturer at the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of the Free State. A founding director of the Eden Alternative South Africa, Sanet endeavours to be an advocate for older persons’ right to a meaningful life in institutional care settings.
She has a diverse clinical background. She worked primarily in community care for older persons, initially as part of a hospital-based service in Essex (UK) and at a step-down facility in Florida (USA). The predominantly focus of her career has been the advancement of well-being and quality of life for older persons living with the challenge of dementia in South Africa and was the underlying theme within her PhD. Her PhD research was clinically based and integrated fieldwork education of undergraduate occupational therapy students in the action research and action learning processes.
In 2010 Sanet secured a Common Wealth Scholarship in collaboration with the University of Bradford’s Dementia Studies division and trained as the first dementia care mapper in Africa. Since 2010 this specialized training was utilized to explore dementia care mapping as a potential practice development tool for advancing person centred-care. Ten national residential care facilities in South Africa were involved in the pilot research. This tool’s potential to support occupational therapists in identifying and facilitating meaningful engagement for persons with advanced dementia is also a current area of exploration.
Sanet is a member of the following research team:
- Quality of life and well-being of elders
- Enabling doing, being, becoming and belonging of elders living within institutional care
- Enabling meaningful engagement of people with advanced dementia
- Translation of research into practice
- Life-long learning of occupational therapy practitioners
- Multi-methodology research- focussing on action research and qualitative methodologies
Teaching and supervision
Sanet’s teaching includes occupation-based curriculum development focussing on integrating occupational therapy models of practice and occupational science into the understanding of leisure/recreation as an occupational performance area. She has developed coursework on person-centred care and speciality techniques in order to facilitate meaningful engagement of older persons living in institutional care settings.
Sanet supervises post-graduate students involved in action research and qualitative methodologies or multi-methodology research focussing on older persons as occupational beings. Some of her supervision is associated with her role as honorary research fellow for the University of the Free State, South Africa.
Participation, Safety and Active Ageing. Lovarini, M., Clemson, L & Du Toit, S. International Program Development Fund (IPDF) Grant. University of Sydney.
South African Medical and Dental Council
New Zealand Occupational Therapy Board
BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapy)
OTASA (Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa)
Chairperson of Free State Branch (2000-2005)
Health Professions Council (HPC), UK
Alzheimer's Free State
Ordinary Member of Committee
Goldenkey International Honour Society
Eden Alternative South Africa
Certified Eden Alternative Associate & current Director
Awards and honours
2012 Award OTASA Conference best Mental Health Paper as well as best Practice Paper
2011 Award Kerneels Nel Medal, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State. Position Runner up: the best educational/qualitative research article published in 2010
2011 Award Kerneels Nel Medal, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of the Free State. Position Winner: the best educational/qualitative research article published in 2010
Ageing, Work and Health
- IEF: Faculty of Health Sciences, Discipline of Occ Therapy & Work Integrated Learning - Student co-hort engaged with Industry partners, BaptistCare, Anglican Retirement Villages, Sir Moses Montifiore Jewish Home; Du Toit S; DVC Research/Industry Engagement Funds.
- Global initiative promoting meaningful engagement of people with advanced dementia ageing in supported living environments; Du Toit S, Low L, Lovarini M; Worldwide Universities Network/WUN Research Development Fund.