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2015 News Archive

66th Annual General Meeting

The 66th AGM of Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (Inc). will be held in conjunction with the 6th Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Congress, 2015.  All welcome.  When: 4.30pm – 6.00pm, Tuesday 15 September 2015. Where: Unison Arena, Rotorua Energy Events Centre, Queens Drive, Government Gardens, Rotorua.

Go to https://www.otnzwna.co.nz/otnz-wna/otnz-wna-council/annual-general-meeting/ to view:

  • Agenda
  • 2014 minutes
  • 2015 Annual Report
  • Notices of motion
  • Details of the proposed rule changes
  • Election statements
  • Financial statements
  • Proxy forms.

Horizon Scanning

Increasing our political awareness and advocacy is key to our positioning the profession to meet the needs of the future health and social well-being strategy being planned by the Ministry of Health.

Scanning the political horizon to uncover issues relating to our practitioners is therefore paramount.

Giving you the tools

With this in mind one of the OTNZ-WNA councilors, Tracey Partridge, has developed a template for ease of use and it comes with a request from council to please download it from our website and send it into the office with your thoughts.

Out now! Annual bicultural edition of the OT Insight

Look out for the July edition OT Insight, out this week. The much anticipated annual bi cultural edition!

It has been posted out to members yesterday and is also available to download in the members publications section.


APOTC 2015 early bird extended

Will you be one of over 600 delegates to make early bird savings? If you need more time to register for APOTC, then you can be. Early bird is extended until July 19. We look forward to giving a warm welcome to all who join us. Kia ora.



Survey on ACC Housing Modifications Service

ACC is asking occupational therapists in housing needs assessment field for their opinions about ACC’s home modifications service, so it can be made better.

Have your say by following the link below to an online survey.


All responses are anonymous and it should take about 15 minutes to complete. The survey closes on 22 June 2015.

The results of this survey will be shared in the OT Insight. Your feedback will be considered along with feedback from clients & their families/whanau, suppliers, and ACC staff. All responses will feed into a review of what’s working well and what needs improving, ahead of an open market tender at the end of the year.


Make a real difference.

The Education for Diversity Symposium is an opportunity for academics/educators, students and clinicians who intend to become educators to meet and network with like-minded people from across the Asia Pacific region. The symposium will be a source of inspiration, and provide an occasion for the development of new connections and innovative partnerships.

It is hosted by AUT University and Otago Polytechnic and is held the day after the APOTC, on 18 September 2015, at the Rotorua Energy Events Center.

The programme delivers an exciting programme of contemporary issues in education: inter-professional education; technology; cultural diversity and occupational justice. It aims to provide you with new ideas that will renew your energy about promoting educational reform. Come and be part of a dialogue that will enable you to make a real difference to your students.
Education Symposium topics include:

  1. Interprofessional education and collaborative practice: how can occupational therapy educators prepare graduates to work with diverse professions.
  2. Promoting occupational justice, inclusion, and participation: embedding learning about human rights within occupational therapy education.
  3. Educating for cultural diversity.
  4. Technology for diverse modes of learning: using educational technology for distance, learning styles and sustainability.

Only $57.50 per person (includes lunch).


Limited places available.

Early bird extended

The change to the new website has meant that the membership renewal process has not been easy this year. Our wholehearted apologies go out to members.So that you don’t miss out on the early bird period it has been extended to May 14.

The previous invoices sent to you in March will not work. A new invoice will be sent to you this week. If you do not receive one please email: [email protected] or phone 04 473 6510.
If you paid your membership prior to the new website launch you will have difficulty viewing your receipt online. We are aware of the issue and will be sending these out to all members in the coming week. Please let us know if you need your receipt for urgent reimbursement.
Please understand that the office is experiencing a huge influx of member enquiries and membership applications and we are working hard to respond to you as soon as possible.

Karis Boyd grants awarded

This grant was set up in memory of Karis Boyd, an occupational therapist who lived, breathed and personified the qualities and virtues which the occupational therapy profession stands for. These annual grants are open to undergraduate third year students who are members of the association.  The grant/s will be up to the value of $500.00.

Membership early bird closes 30 April

Invoices were emailed to all existing members on 1 March 2015 for the financial year beginning 1 April.   Early bird concession ends 30 April 2015, so renew now to ensure you make the most of this reduction.  Please contact the office if you are a new member or if you didn’t receive an invoice.

Maria Scott-Multani wins award

If you walk in another person’s shoes you can understand their journey. That is the person-centred philosophy behind the “Walking in Another’s Shoes” programme for which Maria Scott-Multani received the 2014 Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa achievement award.

The initiative aims to provide education and support for paid carers working with people living with dementia. It is a small group experiential training program that began in the Canterbury District Health Board in 2008. There is now a Walking in Another’s Shoes Educator in every District Health Board in the South Island and other North Island District Health Boards are also adopting the programme.

The judges commented that they were “very impressed with the way occupational therapy and occupational practice has been, and continues to be, recognised within this programme. Those people completing the training programme clearly value their training and this provides a vehicle for occupation and occupational therapy to be recognised and to benefit the health and wellbeing of people living with dementia.

Occupational therapy loses founding member

Rene Stacy Skilton (nee Barton), known as Hazel Skilton, read about occupational therapy in the Reader’s Digest. Liking what she heard, and wanting to make a difference in people’s lives, she planned to go to America to train but was thwarted by the war. She was one of four of the first occupational therapists to be trained in New Zealand in 1940. She worked in the Queen Mary Hospital in Hanmer Springs where several of the men had been repatriated from the WW2 battle on Crete, then transferred to Rotorua where she worked with return servicemen. The experience of nursing one young airman remained with her, “there were times when his whole personality crumbled and he had to be carefully nursed until he recovered.” see OT Insight Vol 36 No.1 for more