Occupational Therapy Study Tour in the Northern Territory - TOUR FULL

23 - 30 May 2021
  • Medical & Professional Tours

About the tour

Explore the dramatically beautiful landscapes of the Northern Territory as you learn about the history and practice of occupational therapy in the region. The tour is supported by Occupational Therapy Australia and is led by Marilyn Pattison, the immediate past president of the World Federation of Occupational Therapists.

From Darwin, travel to beautiful Katherine and into stunning Kakadu before returning to Darwin at the end of the tour. Cruise beautiful gorges and the Adelaide River, mingle in Mindil Markets, explore spectacular waterfalls and swim in hot springs and learn about local culture and history ranging from ancient times to the modern day.


You can book on this tour secure in the knowledge that if you have to cancel due to Covid-related border closures, you will receive a 100% refund. This refund applies up until the day of departure.

This tour is eligible for CPD. Partners are very welcome.

Your tour leader

Picture of JBT tour leader, ​Marilyn Pattison

​Marilyn Pattison

Marilyn Pattison is the founder and General Manager of MPOT/Access Fitness, a leading provider of adult community rehabilitation services in South Australia, the General Manager of Talking Matters, a leading provider of paediatric services in South Australia and the immediate past president of the World Federation of Occupational (WFOT). Marilyn has been involved in a wide variety of practice settings and has been involved with the state and national Australian Occupational Therapy associations and worldwide with WFOT, including liaising with the World Health Organisation. Marilyn is recognised as an international expert in Workplace Health, Rehabilitation and Entrepreneurship and is regularly invited as a guest speaker internationally.

Marilyn has been recognised by the occupational therapy profession in Australia and internationally. She has been awarded the OT Australia National Award for her contribution to her professional association as well as the Sylvia Docker Lectureship for her contribution to the profession. . Internationally Marilyn has been made an Honorary Member of the Swedish Occupational Therapy Association and the Moroccan Association of Occupational Therapy and an Honorary Fellow of WFOT, the highest international honour an occupational therapist can receive.

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Itinerary at a glance

  • Day 1: Darwin (Sun, 23 May) Arrive Darwin and check into the Mantra Pandanas Darwin Hotel. Hear a talk on “A background to the tour and occupational therapy perspectives.” Continue to Mindil Markets and enjoy dinner and drinks in a private area in the market.
  • Day 2: Darwin (Mon, 24 May) Take a walking tour with a specialist guide and visit Darwin Botanical Gardens. Visit Charles Darwin University and learn of the history of occupational therapy in the Northern Territory and how the subject is taught in Darwin from senior lecturer Nicole O’Reilly. Partner Programme to the Museum of Darwin. Visit the National Trauma Centre and hear occupational therapist Erica Bleakley talk about her work. Continue to Parliament House, an elegant example of tropical architecture, and take part in a tour. In the evening have drinks with local occupational therapists, followed by dinner on the waterfront.
  • Day 3: Darwin (Tues, 25 May) On a bus tour explore the history of Darwin. Follow in the footsteps of pioneers and learn about the city’s history through the World War II bombings and Cyclone Tracy, to the current day. See many of the remaining buildings such as the old Court House and Police Station and the Old Palmerston Town Hall ruins. See hidden treasures including public artwork, architecture, historic buildings and memorials. Visit Territory Therapy Solutions and learn about practice in the Northern Territory from its owner, occupational therapist Julia Swenson. Meet with Felicity Pidgeon and hear about her experience as an occupational therapistworking with remote communities in the Northern Territory, and also India. Partners at leisure. Partners at leisure. Take a sunset cruise on Darwin Harbour Cruise with dinner and drinks.
  • Day 4: Darwin / Katherine (Wed, 26 May) Drive to Katherine via Litchfield National Park, visiting the magnetic termite mounds en route.See beautiful Wangi Falls with the option to have a dip in the crystal-clear waters surrounded by lush vegetation. Arrive in Katherine and check into the Ibis Styles Hotel. In the late afternoon visit the pristine wilderness of Katherine and explore it from the water with a dinner cruise along the dramatic Nitmiluk Gorge. Learn about ancient Indigenous rock paintings and gain insight into the culture of the traditional owners of Nitmiluk, the Jawoyn people. Option to take a dip in Katherine hot springs in the evening.
  • Day 5: Katherine / Kakadu (Thurs, 27 May) Visit the Community Allied Health Team and learn of their community OT work. Drive to Kakadu visiting Pine Creek en route. Explore Edith Falls and the dramatic landscapes of Kakadu as you drive through the park. Arrive and check into Cooinda Lodge. Dinner at the lodge.
  • Day 6: Kakadu (Fri, 28 May) Optional Yellow Water sunrise cruise before breakfast. Cross Cahills Crossing and stop to see the many crocodiles. Continue to Gunbalanya and visit Injalak Arts and learn about the art and culture of the Kunwinjku, Mengerrdji and Erre Peoples. The communities use pandanus palms to weave beautiful baskets, dilly bags and mats. Visit the visitor's centre in Jabiru. Visit Ubirr Rock Sites for sunset before returning to the lodge.
  • Day 7: Kakadu / Darwin (Sat, 29 May) Drive to Adelaide River and board a cruise. Learn about the floodplain ecosystem, the history, wildlife and some 40,000 years of human interaction with this stunning environment. Witness the power of the mighty Australian Estuarine (Saltwater) Crocodile as they jump out of the water to feed. Return to Darwin via Berry Springs and take a dip. Farewell dinner in the evening.
  • Day 8: Darwin (Sun, 30 May) Depart Darwin.

Tour cost

The ground cost of the tour is $2,990 per person sharing

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