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Member Benefits – Why belong

Membership Benefits Leaflet

Occupational therapists join their national association for a number of reasons:

Collegiality, inspiration, support, professional development, networks, fellowship, professional identity

  • Networking: You’ll gain access to more than 23 unique online email discussion groups, local area network meetings, clinical workshops and conferences.
  • Recognising excellence: Members nominate their peers for prestigious awards, recognising excellence and significant contribution to the occupational therapy profession and its people.
  • Support and protection: You will receive support through timely sector news and job vacancies, student hardship grants and research opportunities, as well as professional indemnity insurance at a discount. Plus, we offer telephone and email support to respond to all member queries and concerns.

  • Advocacy: “Now, more than ever, a proactive approach that supports engagement and positive dialogue with decision makers is required. The challenges to our profession involve professional identity and market competition. Strong leadership demonstrating occupational therapy capacity is necessary.” Karen Molyneux,  past President Tangata Whenua of OTNZ-WNA.

  • Information, education, research: You will receive eight editions of the highly valued OT Insight magazine, plus two editions of the scientifically grounded New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy per annum.


  • Maintaining professional standards: Resources and toolkits, a register of professional and clinical supervisors and five international journals are available online (to members).
  • Discounted professional development: Member-only discounts at OTNZ-WNA hosted events – super earlybird and earlybird rates available for all OTNZ-WNA conferences, clinical workshops, etc.

  • Raising awareness: Members have access to guides and resources to celebrate Occupational Therapy Week (annually in October), media releases and pamphlets. Your Interests are represented with key stakeholders through: submissions, participation at sector forums, endorsement and development of position statements. Membership subscriptions keep the occupational therapy profession vital in Aotearoa for all.

Importantly, the power and quality of the collective membership provides the means and framework to advocate and lobby for the occupational therapy profession in Aotearoa.

You need a strong and vital professional association to advocate for your interests, secure and broaden the future of your profession. OTNZ-WNA is your professional association and we are ready but – maximum membership is critical for maximum effect.


Does your employer pay your association membership fee?

If not, we explain why it is valuable for them to support occupational therapists to be members of their professional organisation in our Employer Benefits of OTNZ-WNA