The OTNZ-WNA Advocacy Committee / Te Komiti Kōkiri o OTNZ-WNA (AC) is established by OTNZ-WNA council as part of the association’s strategy plan, and comes under the theme of Advocacy and Representation. Click here for more…
Dr Mary Silcock and Karen Molyneux present Part A: Driving: Are We There Yet? On the Road and Responding to Te Tiriti O Waitangi (September 16th 2022, 11am)
Driving assessments and licensing sit at a conjunction where legal, medical, material and street-level bureaucratic power meet. The process of enabling or disabling a person of their ability to drive is an expression of this power and how we as citizens are subject to these forces shaping the way we live. In this brief presentation, the powerful position driving assessors hold will be critiqued from Tangata Tiriti and Tangata Whenua perspectives. Suggestions for how responsiveness to Te Tiriti o Waitangi may be actioned in this essential practice area will be discussed.
Part B: The Bioptic Driving role of Occupational Therapy presented by Belinda O’Connor and Chuck Huss (September 16th 2022, 11am) Bioptic driving in New Zealand is an emerging area as more people become aware of the technology. Bioptic driving is suitable for clients living with central vision conditions and no field loss. This presentation will present a bioptic driving framework with a focus on the role of occupational therapist driving instructors. The presentation will draw from success frameworks from the USA, Canada and The Netherlands. Bioptic Drivers Australia hopes the presentation will inspire New Zealand practitioners to consider learning more about how they can incorporate bioptic driving into their service delivery options for clients. ... See MoreSee Less