The Inagural "Tina Tribute" 

About TIna Kavtaradze 

Tina was born September 10th 1977 and lived in Tbilisi, Georgia with husband Zaza, and their three children Mariam 12 years, Natalia 10 years, and George 3 years.

She became friends with the OOFRAS crew at the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Congress Sydney, Australia in 2006. We were inspired by her work with internally displaced people in Georgia, engaging communities, building playgrounds, using local participation, networks, and materials.

And we admired the pioneering spirit of the early Masters of Occupational Therapy graduates establishing the profession in Georgia, Tina served as president of the Georgian Occupational Therapy Association continuously from graduation in 2009.

Tina Tribute RIP

Tragically, Tina passed away following a motor vehicle accident 13th September 2012. The OOFRAS network fondly remembers Tina and wants to see more of her pioneering spirit by encouraging work that promotes occupational justice.

The awardee will be announced prior to family commemorating Tina’s birthday.



About the Award

  1. The award is to honour Tina’s commitment to the emerging profession in Georgia and her commitment to occupational justice
  2. Annual award administered by Occupational Opportunities for Refugees and Asylum Seekers (OOFRAS) Inc.
  3. The 2014 award is sponsored by the Occupational Therapy Department at Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital.

Award Winners

The Tina Tribute celebrates pioneering efforts at promoting occupational justice. By celebrating the initial innovation, investment, and impact we hope to encourage early career practitioners to continue learning and refining their occupational justice initiatives.

Award winners can expect:

  1. Letter of commendation, copied to the President of your National OT Association and your WFOT delegate
  2. Profile, picture, and interview posted on OOFRAS Honour Roll
  3. $250 AUD for the award winner to invest to further the initiative / aims of the initiative by the end of the year.
  4. News submitted to WFOT news Bulletin, highlighting your country, initiative and feedback about the award.

Award winners accept the responsibility to:

  1. Invest the funds in the project and/or development to enhance capacity for such work
  2. Return a post card by December 10 as words to pass onto the next award winner
  3. Submit a WFOT Bulletin article about your project, how award was invested, and recommendations.

Award Eligigbility 

Nominations from Georgia and surrounding region, and countries where the profession is emerging are encouraged to apply.

Nominations are warmly welcomed to honour those who:

  1. Are studying occupational therapy or within the first four years of an occupational therapy career
  2. Have engaged displaced people with participatory approaches that promote occupational justice
  3. Have two people to nominate them, typed into the nomination form and emailed to by 28th July

Award Criteria

The nomination is an opportunity to describe the engagement that is participatory and promotes occupational justice.

You may attach supporting documents if you wish.

The nomination will be reviewed by a panel of three; a representative of OOFRAS board, a representative of WFOT, and a person with a displacement experience in terms of:

  1. INNOVATION of the initiatives design so it maximises what is available and makes sense in context
  2. INVESTMENT of the nominee’s time, talents, skills, resources and so on.
  3. IMPACT on occupational opportunities, people with displacement experience, the occupational therapy profession, and the public.

Note that all nominations are confidential. The panel will make a recommendation to the OOFRAS board, whose decision is final.

2014 Timeline 

June 2 (1st Mon June) – Nominations open. All nominations sent to will receive a confirmation email. 

July 21 (Mon 2 weeks before AGM) – Nominations close. Panel reviews nomination and recommends awardee to the OOFRAS board. 

July 25 (Fri of nominations closed week)- Awardee notified by OOFRAS board. 

July 28 (Mon, 1 week before AGM) - Awardee accepts, all nominees notified (or earlier if awardee responds earlier) 

August 4 (1st Mon of Aug) – At OOFRAS AGM: a letter of commendation, copied to the President of your National OT Association and your WFOT delegate noted at AGM, $250 transferred and entry to Tina’s Honour Roll along with postcard from previous award recipient 

March 2 (1st Mon March) – WFOT Bulletin for May Issue submitted, postcard for 2014 awardee returned to OOFRAS  

Funding the Award

OOFRAS action is entirely 100% donations and 100% volunteers and proud to administer the annual Tina Tribute.

The occupational therapy department at the Southern Cross University, Australia sponsored the inaugural award of AUD$250 in 2013.This was a student and staff initiative following profit made on the final year health promotion themed conference.

Southern Cross University

The occuptional therapy department of the Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital, Australia have sponsored the 2014 Tina Tribute award of AU$250. This was a staff initiated fundraiser during Occupational Therapy Week 2013 where funds supported both the Tina Tribute within OT world, and more broadly, the Crisis Response to the people displaced by Typhoon Haiyan that devestated parts of South East Asia  November 2013.

Please contact us to talk about sponsoring the 2015 Tina Tribute. 

Individual contributions to the Tina Tribute fund in memory of Tina Kavtaradze are welcomed. OOFRAS is registered as an Incorporated Assocaition and regulated by the Australian Charaties and Not-for-profits Commission and donations can be made with confidence, and donations within Australia are tax-deductable. Please note "Tina Tribute" with your donation. 

Please contact us if you’d like to clarify anything about the award, award process, or nomination process.

Get Involved!

Please help us share this page and award information!!! If you can't nominate someone send in on!!


Please help us translate the invitation so we can share widely! Email us your translation of the invitation below:

"Do you know an early career occupational therapist promoting occupational justice with people displaced by war, persecution and armed-conflict? PLEASE NOMINATE them for the inaugural Tina Tribute award!!! Nominations open until July 21! In loving memory of Tinatin Kavtaradze." 

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