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2017 News Archive


Make a note in your diary!

The shows keep growing and growing with record total numbers of attendees in February 2017 – with 2,163 people, a staggering 30% increase on the total figure from 2016.

In 2018 there will be some changes. Professional development sessions are being added  for allied health professionals and, in Auckland an extended longer day with the doors open until 7:30pm.

Click here for more information.

Ngā mihi o te Kirihimete me te Tau Hou! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

The OTNZ-WNA office will be closed from the 22nd December until the 8th January 2018.

Abstracts for the 2018 Clinical Workshop now open!

The Local Organising Committee warmly invite you to submit an abstract for the 16-19 September 2018 Clinical Workshops at the Napier Conference Centre.
The Association’s Te Tiriti relationship model of weaving tangata whenua and tangata tiriti in true partnership needs to be reflected in our workshops and in our conference.  We therefore invite more abstracts that have tangata whenua content to address the current imbalance.  We ask you to consider how you, as kaiwhakaora ngangahau work appropriately with tangata whenua in enabling them to follow the pathways of their ancestors to become self-reliant. Consider how you weave your responsiveness to Competency 2 and address inequalities.
The following clinical workshops themes have been developed to showcase the overarching theme above.
  • Hauora hinengaro / Mental health
  • Tamariki / whanau / Children / Families
  • Te tiaki a te tangata i a ia anō i te ao Hauora / Self-care in health care
  • Te Hautū kia Huri me te Ngākau-Titikaha i Te Huarahi / Leading and committing to change
Submission Guidelines available here:
2018-Clinical-Workshops-Abstract-Submission-Guidelines.docxAbstracts close 2 April 2018. We encourage early submissions.
Also check out:
  • Tips on how to request funding to attend here
  • Tips on writing an abstract here

December OT Insight out now!

In this December OT Insight we look at Occupational therapy and prosthetic rehabilitation in New Zealand, as well as Occupational Therapy Week 2017 #SocialChange #OccupationalJustice. Enjoy!

October OT Insight out now!

In this October OT Insight we look at Private Practice: The right choice for you? and The Hobb-OT: An unexpected journey to New Zealand.
Happy reading!

August OT Insight out now!

In this August OT Insight we look at Occupational Justice and Social Change.
This edition also has our Annual Report and AGM information.
Happy reading! Go to Publications on the main menu bar to access the magazine.

July OT Insight out now!

In this July OT Insight we look at personalised music and dementia and making a return to occupational therapy.
We hope you enjoy reading it!

May OT Insight out now!

In this edition of the May OT Insight we look at working as an occupational therapist overseas- pros and cons.
We also talk with Altus Resource Trust who are providing a helping hand in the Pacific Islands. Enjoy!

June OT Insight out now!

In this June OT Insight we look at:

  •  Why biculturalism is a part of occupational therapy practice
  •  The Plaster House Tanzania: An occupational therapist in Africa

We hope you enjoy reading it.

Early Bird Membership is here!

Early Bird runs from 1 May 2017 and closes on 30 June 2017! Contact the office if you have any issues or questions about your invoice or membership.

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OTNZ-WNA 2017 Achievement Award

OTNZ-WNA 2017 Achievement Award

Nominations close 30 June 2017

Following a recent review there are a few changes to the OTNZ-WNA Achievement Award. Click here for full Information.

The award recipient receive a cash prize of $1,000. The successful recipient(s) will be interviewed and the article published in the OT Insight and on the OTNZ-WNA website, or other relevant media outlet, with an accompanying photograph of the recipient(s). Recipient(s) will have the opportunity to review the text before publication.

  • The recipient(s) will receive free registration to the Conference or the Clinical Workshop event at which the award is presented. Funding is available on application to the office for travel and/or accommodation costs, to a maximum of $500.00. Conditions apply.
  • The guidelines to enter have been made clearer. For details login in to the membership side of the website and click on awards-and-grants/otnz-achievement-award/

The award is managed by OTNZ-WNA on behalf of the contributors. If you would like to become a sponsor we would love to hear from you. You can pledge $100 or any amount exceeding $100 over a 4-year period, or any period you want. For a sponsorship form click here 






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The role of occupational therapists in providing alternatives to seclusion rooms

OTNZ-WNA has recently been proactive over the issue of the use of seclusion rooms in some schools and have outlined, to a targeted range of education stakeholders and politicians, the role and skills of occupational therapists/kaiwhakaora ngangahau in finding alternative solutions for supporting students and seeking opportunities for closer collaboration. We are planning to follow this up with a position paper. Our thanks to all members from the Chypot SIG group who assisted with the development of the communication. We have received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement from members who have been following the events. Copies of the letter are available: Hon-Hekia-Parata-Submission.pdf