Vanaja Rama & Associates


Vanaja Rama B Occ Ther (Hons) UDW. NDT (SANDTA)

Vanaja Rama obtained her Bachelors Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Durban-Westville in 1994.

Awarded Faculty of Health Science Research award 1994 – Occupational therapy.
Registered therapist with the Health Professions Council-South Africa.
Registered therapist with the Health and Care Professions Council – United Kingdom.
Member: OTASA –  Occupational therapy Association of South Africa.
Member: Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
Member: INSTOPP –  Institute Of Occupational Therapists Private Practice.

ACTG – CAB and Global Community Advisory Board- 2008-2013 ( Volunteer)
Tshemba Foundation – 2022 ( Volunteer )

Her postgraduate qualifications include:

  • 1998: A certificate in neuro developmental therapy from the South African Neurodevelopmental Therapy Association in 1998.
  • 1998: A certificate in the Theory and Test Mechanics of Sensory Integration from the South African Institute for Sensory Integration in 1998.
  • Prior to embarking on private practice, Ms Rama gained her experience at various physical and paediatric rehabilitation centres, Wentworth hospital, Workmen’s accident and rehabilitation centre, St Augustine’s hospital, Kenmont school for learning disability, Vocational Rehabilitation centre. Sherwood assessment and therapy centre.
  • 2002: Completed the British Occupational Therapy examinations (CPSM/HPC) in 2002 and thereafter worked as a senior occupational therapist at Wishaw General Hospital (Glasgow) and University College London Hospital).
  • 2002: University College London hospital – Research: Role of Occupational therapy in Critical Care.
  • Offered a full-time position senior therapy post and research opportunity at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Great Ormond Street Hospital is in the forefront of hospitals, catering for children. Unfortunately, the offer had to be declined due to personal commitments in South Africa.
  • 1997 -2014: External supervisor and examiner -University of Kwa Zulu Natal
  • 1997 to 2014 to current – External supervisor and examiner – University of Pretoria.
  • 2010: Certificate in HIV and AIDS Counselling.
  • 2011: AMA assessor course Certificate in American Medical Association Guides to Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, 6th ed. With review of Principals of Disability Assessment.
  • 2012: Workwell FCE certified.
  • 2013: WorkWell Ergonomic Analysis for Health Care Professionals
  • 2014: Vocational Evaluation and the Psychiatric Client. Psychometric Assessment in – 16 May 2014 (SACNA).
  • 2014: Ergonomics and Human Factors: Strategic Solutions for Workplace Safety and Health. Harvard School of Public Health. Executive and Continuing Professional Education.
  • 2016: February – Challenges in Vocational rehabilitation for people with neurological conditions – evidence based practice. University College London Hospitals. NHS.
  • 2016 September: PGAP certified. Progressive Goal Attainment Program.
  • 2017 April: AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment 6th ed. ABIME –  American college of Independent medical examiners and American Board of Independent Medical Examiners.
  • 2017 April: Medico legal Report Writing and Court Testimony Skills. ABIME – American college of Independent medical examiners and American Board of Independent Medical Examiners
  • 2017 July: Summer Occupational Therapy Immersion Program. USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy.
  • 2008-2014 Chairperson and Global representative – Community Advisory Board – Durban International Clinical Trials Unit – ACTG, IMPAACT – King Edward Hospital.
  • April 2018 – WorkWell Functional Job Analysis & Prework Screening.
  • May 2018 – World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress 2018.
  • 2018: First Aid Level 1- Health and Safety College
  • 2019: Pain and the Immune System course- Pain Management-SA Society of Physiotherapy.
  • 2020: DCD-Development Coordination Disorder -Evidence Based and Occupation CenteredPractice. Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
  • 2020: Covid-19 Models. PPS-Professional Provident Society
  • 2020: Covid-19 Transmission. PPS-Professional Provident Society
  • 2020: The POPI Act (Protection of Personal Information Act)-OTASA
  • 2020: Ethics for all 2020- Allied Health Professionals Council -Medical Protection Association
  • 2021: The Role of Occupational Therapy in Covid 19 Rehabilitation
  • 2021: Sensory Integration and DIR/ Floortime – Sensory Integration Education
  • 2021: An Introduction to DIR and DIRFloortime- ICDL
  • 2021: The Mechanisms and Assessment of Pain workshop – OTPMG
  • 2021: Report Writing Overhaul- OT Link-OTASA
  • 2022: April – May CPD and MDT ward round – weekly -Tintswalo Hospital, Mpumulanga
  • 2022: Royal College of Occupational Therapists Annual Conference

Ms Rama’s scope of private practice has predominantly involved assessing and consulting for Insurance companies, RAF, SAPS in medico-legal and medical negligence matters.

She has qualified and has been accepted as an Expert witness in her field, within the High Court of South Africa, thereby providing expert evidence in court.

Charlene Scheepers B Occ Ther – Senior Consultant
Charlene Scheepers obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Pretoria in 1999. In 2000 she was employed at Addington Hospital in Durban. Ms Scheepers joined Ms Rama practice on a part-time basis in 2001. In 2001 she worked at Spes Nova (School for cerebral palsy children). She then joined Ms. Rama’s practice on a full-time basis from May 2002 to August 2003. Sadly due to personal reasons, she had to relocate to Johannesburg.

She is currently based in Johannesburg at a paediatric practice as well as at a medico-legal practice undertaking, medico-legal assessments. She consults at Ms Rama’s practice on a part-time basis and provides clinical expertise on all medico-legal, medical negligence and personal injury claim matters, undertaken by consultants.

She has completed her sensory integration course and has completed courses in therapeutic listening, practice management and physical rehabilitation of neurological, spinal and hand injuries. Ms Scheepers is a presenter at courses for Sensory Integration and also a co-author of a book regarding ADHD and classroom strategies.
Jade Robinson B Occ. Ther. (Hon.) (UDW)
Ms Robinson has been a part of Ms Rama’s practice on a full-time basis for three years. Currently, Ms Robinson has been appointed as a consultant for the practice. She has experience in undertaking paediatric assessments and treatment, as well as cognitive and physical rehabilitation.

She has also been involved in and assessing and consulting for Insurance Companies, and undertaking Medico-Legal assessments.

In May 2012, she obtained her Workwell Certified Training Course. She is currently completing her sensory integration training.
Raeesa Essop BSc OT – Consultant
Raeesa Essop obtained her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Witwatersrand in 2010. In 2011 she was employed as a community service officer at Prince Mshiyeni Memorial Hospital, in Umlazi – Durban. She continued as a Junior occupational therapist during 2012. At the end of 2013, she relocated to Johannesburg and entered the Private sector, working in paediatric and medico legal setting. She was employed part time during the course of 2013 for a private healthcare company and worked at a sub-acute rehabilitation facility until March 2014.

Raeesa has completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation at the University of Pretoria. She has completed level 1 in Pain Management and is trained in Basic seating and mobility and is a PGAP certified practitioner.

Raeesa is presently based primarily in Johannesburg at a paediatric and medico legal private practice and has joined Ms Rama’s practice as a consultant as of June 2014.

2022 - 2023 Sabbatical. Researcher and Consultant – United Kingdom