Dr Sanet Du Toit

PhD, Master of Science (Occupational Therapy), Bachelor of Occupational Therapy
Lecturer, Occupational Therapy

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The University of Sydney

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Biographical details

​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.

Research interests

Sanet is a member of the following research team:

Ageing and Health

  • 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.

Current projects

Participation, Safety and Active Ageing. Lovarini, M., Clemson, L & Du Toit, S. International Program Development Fund (IPDF) Grant. University of Sydney.

Associations

South African Medical and Dental Council
Ordinary Member

New Zealand Occupational Therapy Board
Registered

BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapy)
Ordinary Member

OTASA (Occupational Therapy Association of South Africa)
Chairperson of Free State Branch (2000-2005)

Health Professions Council (HPC), UK
Ordinary Member

Alzheimer's Free State
Ordinary Member of Committee

Goldenkey International Honour Society
Honorary Member

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

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Du Toit, S., Böning, W., Van der Merwe, T. (2014). Dignity and respect: Facilitating meaningful occupation for SeSotho elders. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, in press. [More Information]
  • du Toit, S., Van der Merwe, R. (2013). Promoting person-centred care for people with advanced dementia through environmental adaptations. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 43(2), 2-4.
  • Du Toit, S., Van der Merwe, T., Böning, W., Van der Merwe, R. (2012). Potential contributing factors in the creation of a therapeutic milieu for Sesotho/Setswana elderly persons in residential care facilities in the Free Sate. LitNet Akademies, 9(2).
  • Du Toit, S., Surr, C. (2012). The potential of Dementia Care Mapping as a practice development tool for occupational therapists in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 42(3), 32-39.
  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2011). Promoting an appreciation of research-related activities: the role of occupational identity. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(10), 489-493. [More Information]
  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2010). Research and Reflection: Potential Impact on the Professional Development of Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Students. Systematic Practice and Action Research, 23(5), 387-404. [More Information]
  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A., Adam, K. (2010). Role of research in occupational therapy clinical practice: Applying action learning and action research in pursuit of evidence-based practice. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(5), 318-330. [More Information]
  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2010). Small-scale research projects: fertile soil for a research culture in undergraduate occupational therapy training. Acta Academica, 42(2), 169-198.
  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2009). Publish or perish: a practical solution for research and publication challenges of occupational therapists in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 39(1), 2-7.
  • Du Toit, S. (2008). Using the Model of Human Occupation to Conceptualise an Occupational Therapy Program for Blind persons in South Africa. Occupational Therapy in Health Care: a journal of contemporary practice, 22(2-3), 51-61. [More Information]

Magazine / Newspaper Articles

  • Du Toit, S., Surr, C. (2011). Well-being and person centred care of people with dementia cared for in institutional settings in South Africa. WFOT Bulletin.

2014

  • Du Toit, S., Böning, W., Van der Merwe, T. (2014). Dignity and respect: Facilitating meaningful occupation for SeSotho elders. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, in press. [More Information]

2013

  • du Toit, S., Van der Merwe, R. (2013). Promoting person-centred care for people with advanced dementia through environmental adaptations. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 43(2), 2-4.

2012

  • Du Toit, S., Van der Merwe, T., Böning, W., Van der Merwe, R. (2012). Potential contributing factors in the creation of a therapeutic milieu for Sesotho/Setswana elderly persons in residential care facilities in the Free Sate. LitNet Akademies, 9(2).
  • Du Toit, S., Surr, C. (2012). The potential of Dementia Care Mapping as a practice development tool for occupational therapists in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 42(3), 32-39.

2011

  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2011). Promoting an appreciation of research-related activities: the role of occupational identity. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74(10), 489-493. [More Information]
  • Du Toit, S., Surr, C. (2011). Well-being and person centred care of people with dementia cared for in institutional settings in South Africa. WFOT Bulletin.

2010

  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2010). Research and Reflection: Potential Impact on the Professional Development of Undergraduate Occupational Therapy Students. Systematic Practice and Action Research, 23(5), 387-404. [More Information]
  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A., Adam, K. (2010). Role of research in occupational therapy clinical practice: Applying action learning and action research in pursuit of evidence-based practice. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57(5), 318-330. [More Information]
  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2010). Small-scale research projects: fertile soil for a research culture in undergraduate occupational therapy training. Acta Academica, 42(2), 169-198.

2009

  • Du Toit, S., Wilkinson, A. (2009). Publish or perish: a practical solution for research and publication challenges of occupational therapists in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 39(1), 2-7.

2008

  • Du Toit, S. (2008). Using the Model of Human Occupation to Conceptualise an Occupational Therapy Program for Blind persons in South Africa. Occupational Therapy in Health Care: a journal of contemporary practice, 22(2-3), 51-61. [More Information]

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