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2018 News Archive

Congratulations Dr Mary Silcock on being invited to the WHO Rehab Competency Framework working group

As part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Rehabilitation 2030 initiative and a global ‘Call for Action’, to support low- and middle-income countries develop effective, sustainable approaches to strengthening their rehabilitation workforce, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) were approached to join a working committee to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation competency framework.  The working committee is made up of delegates from international associations representing occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitative medicine, logopedics and phoniatrics (communication, hearing and swallowing/eating), nursing, and prosthetics/orthotics. 

With support from OTNZ-WNA and OTBNZ Dr Mary Silcock applied to be considered as the WFOT delegate and we are delighted to advise that Mary has recently received an invitation to be part of the working group.  Work will commence early 2019 and Mary will keep us updated on its progress.

Congratulations to Georgina Davis president tangata whenua for winning the Kete Aronui Award

Congratulations to Georgina Davis president tangata whenua who won the Kete Aronui Award at the recent Nga Pou Mana Huia a Tau.

“The Ngā Pou Mana Postgraduate award winner was Georgina. Her passion for her work as an Occupational Therapist is why she is hoping to learn more in her field. Georgina’s perspective on health, that it is health holistic; that there are many components to a person’s health and spirituality is just as important as any other area. Georgina feels that for her to best support Māori, there has to be a merging of the western world and Te Āo Māori in practice”  

Innovative Clinical Reasoning in an Evidence Based World – free seminar

Otago Polytechnic are excited to have Dr Angela Benfield at the school for one  week in January.

You are invited to join a workshop on Innovative Clinical Reasoning in an Evidence Based World

For full details follow this link https://www.otnzwna.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/Dr-Angela-Benfield-seminar.pdf


Media coverage of Hazel Skilton Founder’s award winner Jane Wilson

We are delighted to share the following  press coverage of Jane Wilson our Hazel Skilton Founder’s award winner.


Invitation to participate in a Steering Group led by the World Health Organisation

Message from Tracey Partridge WFOT Delegate


Please read the following important message sent by Marilyn Pattison, President of  WFOT which invites those interested in participating in a Steering Group about a Competency Rehabilitation Framework led by the World Health Organisation to send their CV to the WFOT.

Dear Colleagues,


WHO has informed us that the work towards the development of the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework is progressing well. Thanks to an enthusiastic response to the ‘Call for Frameworks’, which was complemented through database and internet searches, WHO now have a wide variety of frameworks from which information is being extracted. At the next stage, decisions regarding the structure and content of the framework will need to be made and it is critical that key rehabilitation workforce stakeholders are engaged. To ensure that this occurs through a systematic and robust process, WHO is establishing a dedicated Steering Group who will:


  • provide expert opinion on the competency framework structure, language, scope and content to ensure that it achieves its intended aims;
  • help coordinate the dissemination of drafts for peer review by relevant organizations; and
  • support the translation of feedback into concrete and meaningful recommendations.


Further details of the Steering Group’s role and mandate can be found in the attached ToR Steering Group Rehabilitation Competency Framework document. We would be most grateful if you could nominate members to participate in the group. Nominated members should be familiar with competency frameworks (or competency models/standards) and their applications and ideally have been engaged in competency-based approaches in a professional capacity. Please note that while we are asked to put forward several nominees, it is likely that only one nominee from WFOT will be invited to participate in the group.


Respecting that members’ time is valuable, the need for travel will be limited and online platforms including email and Web-Ex will be used to communicate (although one face-to-face meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland mid-2019 in conjunction with the next Rehabilitation 2030 meeting). Given ‘face time’ will be limited, it is particularly important that members are engaged with the process and are able to dedicate time to reviewing materials and participating in discussions.


WHO would like to convene the Steering Group for its first online meeting in early December, we would therefore request that the CVs of nominated candidates are sent to [email protected] by 15 November 2018.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. I look forward to receiving your nominations.


Kind regards,



Marilyn Pattison, Dip.COT(UK), B.App.Sc(OT), MBA, WFOT
World Federation of Occupational Therapists
[email protected]


Congratulations to Professor Valerie Wright St. Clair

On behalf of the council and staff of the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa and all its members, we send warm congratulations to Valerie Wright St. Clair who was recently promoted to the position of full professor. Valerie has worked hard for the profession, and we are so very proud of her wonderful, and well deserved achievement. Valerie we wish you every success and fulfilment in your new role.

Taking Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau to another level with stroke patients

Tēnā koe Lynn Faulkner for sending us the 7Sharp video clip of ‘Fur mum Occupational Therapist Kerry McKiernan and Olle who are taking Occupational Therapy to another level with stroke patients’ at Hutt Hospital. “He aha tīma”


World OT Day message from Tracey Partridge

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you have all had a great week celebrating our “doing profession” for OT Week and that you have incorporated the World Occupational Therapy Day theme “Celebrating our Global Community” into your week – both great themes which recognise our work.

My main message is to remind you of the WFOT Virtual Exchange online interactive event tomorrow.

The #WFOTVX will be a series of one hour webinars hosted in different time zones throughout 2018 and 2019. They will also be available to download as a podcast.

Schedule (more dates and links will be added)

Date: 27th October

Title: Launch of World Occupational Therapy Day 2018

Overview: Join Marilyn Pattison, WFOT President on the 27 October for a dedicated online session to launch World Occupational Therapy Day 2018. Learn more about the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and its role in promoting and representing the professional globally. This is interactive webinar that will be hosted live from Kazakhstan (ALMT) at 17.00hrs

For local time visit http://bit.do/WFOTVXTime   Location 1) Select your city Location 2) Select “Astana”

Access the event via this link: http://bit.do/WFOTVX181

I hope you enjoy it!
Ngā mihi

Tracey Partridge| WFOT Delegate

Occupational Therapy New Zealand | Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

Doing therapy – published article

It has been a busy week being OT week. Harsh Vardhan president tangata tiriti was interviewed by a journalist from www.healthcentral.nz who was very interested to hear about what makes us unique, especially in terms of ‘doing’ therapy. The published interview can be found at: http://healthcentral.nz/more-doing-not-just-talking-therapies-needed-in-mental-health/


Media release – Occupational Therapy Week / Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau

Occupational Therapy Week / Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau

22-26 October 2018

Every year in October, New Zealand Occupational Therapists celebrate Occupational Therapy Week and World Occupational Therapy Day.

We are proud to announce that Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau 2018 (Occupational Therapy Week 2018) is Whakaora Ngangahau “Te Umanga Mahi” / Occupational Therapy “the doing profession”

To help celebrate Occupational Therapy Week, 22-26th October 2018, and World Occupational Therapy day on 27th October 2018, a toolkit and resources has been developed by Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA), to equip our Occupational Therapists from around the country to reach out to colleagues, communities, and the general public to help showcase some of the wonderful work they do.

On a daily basis, occupational therapists assist people to improve their well-being and quality of life. They treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and help these patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Most people are unaware just how diverse occupational therapists are.

OTNZ-WNA: OTNZ-WNA is the professional association for occupational therapists in New Zealand.


For more information visit www.otnzwna.co.nz or contact Peter Anderson – Executive Director: [email protected] nz  phone 04 473 6510

Important announcement from TE RAU MATATINI


Are you Māori  and work in the health sector?

Do you know that by completing the Māori Health Workforce Survey: Te Iti me te Rahi,


will help us grow the Māori health workforce?

Please complete Te Iti me te Rahi and share amongst your friends and Whānau

Check out the amazing and stimulating choices of presentations at the September 2018 OTNZ-WNA Clinical Workshops

CW2018 Programme

If you are still undecided to attend the Clinical Workshops which promises to be relevant and engaging, then check out the programme. Three days of affordable programme includes innovations and stories of sustainable ways of becoming the best we can be and enabling the people, whanau and communities we work with to sustain themselves in the challenging environment we live, learn and work in.

Join us and let’s find the courage to lead at the cutting edge of practice – click here to register for our Clinical Workshops now!


Check out the amazing and stimulating choices of presentations at the September 2018 OTNZ-WNA Clinical Workshops

CW2018 Programme 

If you are still undecided to attend the Clinical Workshops which promises to be relevant and engaging, then check out the programme. Three days of affordable programme includes innovations and stories of sustainable ways of becoming the best we can be and enabling the people, whanau and communities we work with to sustain themselves in the challenging environment we live, learn and work in.

Join us and let’s find the courage to lead at the cutting edge of practice.

Early Bird Special – 2018 Clinical Workshops & Tangata Whenua Hui info:



‘Napier Clinical Workshops 16-19 Sept 2018’ 

(Proudly supported by our Premier Sponsors: Allied Medical Ltd, Occupational Therapy Board of NZ & Permobil)

Early Bird member registrations $563.50 incl Gst for the three day event (offer expires 31 July)

We urge you to book early and take advantage of this special offer.  Registration includes: access to sessions for day/s of registration, attendance to powhiri on Sunday, catering as outlined in programme, opportunity to purchase dinner tickets.

Accommodation is available on the local Marae at a nominal cost of $20 per night Sunday – Wednesday morning, an opportunity for Tangata Tiriti practitioners to experience a cultural environment that you may not otherwise have.

You have the option during the registration link to either book for just the Tangata Whenua Hui OR register for the Clinical Workshops and you will be given the option to tick your attendance for the Tangata Whenua Hui.

For Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau practitioners that identify as Tangata whenuagenerous sponsorship has been offered to support attendance at the Hui on Sunday 16 September.  

For all enquiries please call our office on 04-473-6510 or email us [email protected]


Tangata Whenua Hui Registration

Registration for the Tangata Whenua Hui, is an invitation event extended to all Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau who identify as Tangata Whenua for the purpose of building capability and capacity of Tangata Whenua Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau through a Te Ao Māori worldview and in an environment which is culturally appropriate and safe.

Tangata Whenua is a generic term for Māori comprising those with mana whenua responsibilities (Māori who are tied culturally to an area by whakapapa and whose ancestors lived and died there), together with Taura here (Māori, resident in an area, but who belong to waka and tribes from other parts of Aotearoa).

Please click the following links to view and download information, and register on line –

Clinical Workshops Registration

Clinical Workshops Programme 

Tangata Whenua travel application form

How to apply for funding through DHB departments

Member Early Bird Rates* (until 31 July) 

(All rates include Gst)

Early Bird (1 June – 31 July)         $563.50
Standard (From 1 August)            $690
Full time OT Student/Retired** (before 31 July)   $335.50
Full time OT Student/Retired** (from 1 August)   $450

Day rate (before 31 July)           $300
Day rate (from 1 August)           $350

Non Member

Early bird (before 31 July)        $690
Standard (from 1 August)         $850
Day rate (before 31 July)          $350
Day rate (from 1 August)          $400

Excellent abstracts and workshops weaving cultural perspective in with themes of nurturing and enabling resilience and sustainability!



2018-2019 Early Bird Membership rates expire 30 June 2018!

Membership category Early Bird Pricing Full Price
Full (26+ hours)
$520.00 $572.00
First Professional Year 
$315.00 $346.00
Proportional (11-25 hours) $315.00 $346.00
Minor Proportional
(0-10 hours)
$213.00 $233.00
Associate (NZ or Overseas) $213.00 $233.00
Student N/A $92.00
Retired N/A $36.00

The membership period runs from 1 June 2018 – 31st May 2019.

Early Bird 2018 membership offer expires 30th June 2018 so please renew or register early to avoid disappointment.

Contact the office on 04-473-6510 or email [email protected] if you have any questions.

Why you should attend our Clinical Workshops 2018: Harsh Vardhan

Harsh Vardhan is President, Tangata Tiriti of OTNZ-WNA. He is employed as an occupational therapist and clinical coordinator at child development services, based at Hutt Valley District Health Board (HVDHB). He has recently undertaken work as a project manager on the Choosing Wisely initiative of HVDHB, and is currently doing a Masters of Management (Health Services) at Massey University.

Harsh won the 2014, Hutt Valley DHB Quality Award, for his commitment to quality improvement and was also placed among the top three in the 2016 Clinician’s Challenge, a joint initiative by the Ministry of Health and Health Informatics New Zealand (HiNZ). In 2017, he received the AIOTA occupational therapy achiever award. He is strong advocate of occupational therapy and has made several verbal submissions in parliament.

What does nurturing and enabling resilience mean to you?

The Oxford English Dictionary (OED) defines resilience as the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness; and elasticity. In my view nurturing resilience is not limited to its literal meaning, or psychological interpretation. Its practical implication for occupational therapists is a lot more pervasive and deeper.

Our inner strength gives us the ability to face external challenges (Pedlar et al 2004). Powerful individuals, make powerful teams, who have highly developed levels of addressing challenges and creating support. The ability of team members to push and challenge each other depends on high levels of security, support and vice versa.

I think resilience has wider implications for occupational therapists. To me resilience means having inner strength to face challenges; having good support systems and measures to cope with the demands or targets; showing authentic and motivational leadership; identifying a deeper sense of purpose to be at work; creating a learning environment; taking more risks; experimenting and trying new things; being less critical and more appreciative of other people’s efforts; encouraging people to run with ideas; learn from our mistakes; and embrace and promote innovative changes at all levels.

 In the current health environment, what is the significance of being resilient?

We are already aware that rate in which we are spending our health dollars is not sustainable. The Treasury (2013) points out that if we keep the tax revenue constant at 29 percent of GDP, then by the mid-2020s our revenue will become insufficient to cover health related expenses. At the current rate of expenditure, the government will need to borrow to meet these expenses, which can lead to government debt of 198.3 percent of GDP by 2060.  The Treasury identified health care and superannuation as the two most expensive sectors, so government has been trying to address this expenditure related pressure and find a more sustainable way of providing public services. Lean measures are being implemented to increase the overall cost effectiveness of health services, and in recent years there has been tremendous pressure to provide better health and education outcomes with limited resources.

A lot of changes are taking place to manage, and in some cases over manage resources and outcomes. Many organisations have stretched their strategies and resources to help meet these expectations.

I see it as both a challenging and exciting time for occupational therapists. There is a constant pressure to be more efficient, learn, and be innovate, all at the same time. I believe that in the current health environment, it is very important for occupational therapists to be resilient.

Do you think in the current health environment, health professionals get enough support to learn, innovate and develop resilience?

Support systems may vary depending on place and context. In my opinion, when I look at our current health strategy (Minister of Health 2016) I can see a lot around what is expected from health professionals. However, I cannot find any strategy or plan of action which explicitly talks about investing in the work force, building their capacity and capability, offering support, or facilitating their resilience to meet with the expectations. One of the strategic themes called “Smart Systems”, highlights the significance of sharing information and technology as an enabler. The strategic theme “Value and High Performance” includes plans to build a culture of performance and quality improvement. This sound great, but I think socio technical aspects needs more emphasis and understanding first.

As humans we are very different from machines. Human dynamics needs to be addressed to get the best out of us in a workplace environment. With my occupational lens I can relate to the significance of socio technical aspects like motivation, stress, and resilience in any task. I think a sustainable level of efficiency cannot be achieved without considering these factors. A healthy, happy, and resilient workforce is indispensable in achieving the desirable future of the New Zealand government of “All New Zealanders live well, stay well, get well”.

 What can be done to facilitate resilience and sustainability?

In my view facilitating resilience and sustainability needs a systematic approach. It cannot be obtained in a day through a course, or an event. We all have different roles to play, depending on our context and position in the system. Having resilience is much wider than stress management, embracing spirituality for peace and mastering other cognitive or behavioural strategies to cope with challenges.

In contemporary healthcare, employees are expected to demonstrate leadership and engage with others to set and achieve a common goal to achieve outcomes.  Many of us have mixed feeling about leadership. Perhaps partly because of our association of leadership with the actions of great and outstanding people (Pedlar et al 2004). We need to question this legacy because it holds us back. Leadership starts from within and leading ourselves is the first leadership practice. Leadership is about effective actions when we face challenges. It is about noticing them, choosing them, moving forwards with them, or away from them. I think resilience is about identifying and nurturing leadership.

Creating an environment of learning and innovation is very important. Reg Revan’s ecological formula L ≥ C suggests that learning (L) in any organism must be equal to or more than the rate of change (C), otherwise the organism will decline and fall behind with time. In recent times there has been huge pressures to deliver big performance goals, to cope with high levels of change, and to innovate – all the same time. The key is to have the performance culture, which is also a learning culture (Pedler, Burgoyne and Boydell, 1997). It is not that easy to achieve all these at the same time. One needs to be very careful that performance management does not lead to its downsides, like making people target obsessed, avoid risks and become closed and defensive.  For me resilience means having a balance between the ability to perform and learn. This balance in the long run can result in innovations, which in turn can increase efficiency and output.

Being innovative is not just about finding known solutions. In the current context it is not uncommon to get into situations where we have to deal with the unknowns.  The more resilient we are, the more prepared we are to take risks and explore the unknowns.

In finding a purpose in what we do, it is very important to be resilient and sustain a high level of commitment. People can often get confused between direction and purpose. Direction is the immediate intention or goal in a specific situation. However, a sense of purpose has a deeper pulse or internal compass (Pedler et al. 2004).

When I come into work, I know that we have a huge waiting list to deal with. Addressing this list can be seen as a goal, but it is not the only reason I come to work. I guess almost all occupational therapists have a deeper purpose to be at work, which can be linked to their core values. For example, for someone the purpose can be to bring positive changes in lives of people and make them as independent as possible. This is an era of targets and deadlines and they often get pushed as the principle means of motivation. This can make it challenging for occupational therapists to stay connected with their deeper sense of purpose.

From observations, it is not uncommon for clinicians to be asked to justify their therapy time. It is then natural for us to lose enthusiasm, get frustrated and stressed when we are made to follow directions which run against our sense of purpose. On the other hand, we become enthusiastic, productive and resilient when our sense of purpose gets aligned with our directions.

Networks are like webs rather than hierarchies of relationships. Networking gives connections, which is empowering and can promote resilience. These connections help in getting things done through the people you know and is a key enabler for learning and innovation. For example, better connected health professionals are more likely to adopt innovative practices, than those who are in silos (Rogers, 2003). Networks help in connecting people whose status depends more on their knowledge and access to resources, than on position. This means that such relationships may be valuable support when needed. Networks can help to develop a common sense of purpose. For example, if you know your line manager only as a boss, and not also as a fellow member of a project, or your professional association, your “bandwidth” with that person remains much narrower than it might otherwise. I think that better connected occupational therapists, who develop the most effective lateral relationships can be more resilient and productive.

As an occupational therapist, why would the 2018 clinical workshops be valuable to attend? What would you say to other occupational therapists who were thinking about attending the clinical workshops?

I am looking forward to attending the clinical workshops in Napier. I find OTNZ-WNA clinical workshops and conferences a great opportunity to reach out to other occupational therapists, learn from each other, have fun, and celebrate our journey with the treaty relationship model. This year I am especially excited about the theme “Ko ngā tapuwae tukuiho, ko te huarahi manawapou: Nurturing and Enabling Resilience and Sustainable” as it is so fitting for the time.

I would encourage everyone to attend this year’s clinical workshops. Use it as a platform to share stories; develop networks; embrace and promote leadership; spread a culture of learning and innovation; and develop understanding of each other’s sense of purpose. It is a great opportunity for us as occupational therapists to explore a wider perspective of resilience and sustainability, and discover how to be more efficient, learn, and innovate, all at the same time.

Harsh Vardhan’s views as expressed in this article should not be taken as representing those of Hutt Valley District Health Board.

Latest Maori Medical Research Review Issue 72

Kia ora members,

Please click this highlighted link to view the most recent Maori Health Research Review Issue 72 .

Topics in this month’s review are:

• Poor-quality suicide risk assessments in the ED.

• Discrimination impacts on health.

• Health policy has yet to fulfil Crown obligations under te Tiriti.

• Institutional racism in public health contracting.

• A focus is needed on Indigenous adolescent health.

• Ethnic disparities in breast cancer survival.

• Inequity in dialysis-related practices and outcomes.

• Risk of lower limb amputation in diabetes: ethnic disparities.

• Ethnicity-specific gout education resources needed.

• Testing a customised CVD medication health literacy programme.

• Racial/ethnic bias among medical students.

• Explaining disproportionate rates of stomach cancer in Māori.

You don’t have to be a healthcare professional to receive Māori Health Review, so if you have patients, whānau or friends who would like to receive this publication please contact us with their email address.

Please keep your feedback and comments coming, we do appreciate them.

Ngā mihi

Dr Matire Harwood

[email protected]


OT CPPF/CMCE Self-Audit Tool

Occupational Therapy CPPF/CMCE Self-Audit Tool – With the association’s gratitude for Carolyn Simmons Carlsson’s assistance, the CPPF/CMCE Self-Audit Tool is available for member’s use.

Occupational Therapy CPPF/CMCE Self-Audit Tool – Introduction

Choosing Wisely – Takes off in NZ! Harsh Vardhan Representative

Harsh Vardhan, President Tangata Tiriti was appointed February 2017 as the Choosing Wisely representative for Allied Health at Hutt Valley DHB.  His role is to encourage and support allied leaders/clinicians to take up Choosing Wisely projects.

Here is the latest update – Choosing Wisely takes off in New Zealand!

New Zealand’s Choosing Wisely campaign, has grown substantially since its launch in December 2016.

Choosing Wisely encourages health professionals to talk with patients about unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures; and patients to discuss with their health professional whether they really need a particular intervention.

Medical colleges and specialist societies have developed lists of recommendations of unnecessary tests, treatments and procedures for their area of practice to help health professionals start a conversation with their patients about what is appropriate and necessary. There are now nearly 130 lists of recommendations and resources, spanning a wide range of specialties.

There is also a growing number of patient resources to help consumers make better health care choices.

The Council of Medical Colleges is facilitating Choosing Wisely in New Zealand as part of its commitment to improving the quality of care for all patients. The campaign is supported by several organisations representing a wide range of health professionals and consumers, including the Health Quality & Safety Commission and Consumer.

Council Chair Dr Derek Sherwood says Choosing Wisely is about shifting thinking by health professionals and patients; that more is not necessarily better when it comes to health care treatment.

“For example, not only do X-rays and CT scans expose patients to potentially cancer-causing radiation, many studies have shown these scans frequently identify things requiring further investigation that often turn out to be nothing. This means patients can undergo stressful and potentially risky follow-up tests and treatments for no reason.”

Choosing Wisely encourages patients to ask their health professionals these four questions:

  1. Do I really need to have this test treatment or procedure?
  2. What are the risks?
  3. Are there simpler, safer options?
  4. What happens if I do nothing?

Harsh believes that Choosing Wisely will be a great opportunity for Allied Health to be leaders in health services.

For more information please visit: Implementing-Choose-Wisely http://choosingwisely.org.nz/

Choosing Wisely – Harsh Vardhan


SCOPE – Call for Papers ‘Occupation’ Theme for Health & Wellbeing 2018 Issue

Kia ora members,

Scope: Contemporary Research Topics in Health & Wellbeing: Occupation is an open access, peer reviewed journal published annually by Otago Polytechnic. It is edited in partnership with the School of Nursing and the College of Te Oha Ora (School of Occupational Therapy and Institute of Sport & Adventure). The journal aims to reflect and disseminate research done in health and wellbeing settings; while making connections with related work within our communities of practice.

The 2018 issue of Scope (Health & Wellbeing) will focus on the theme of ’Occupation’, which aims to bring together a collection of papers across the sciences, on those aspects of occupation that matter most to academics, practitioners, educators and policy makers within health. This will include studies and methodologies exploring the various occupations within health and wellbeing, as well as the multifaceted definition of occupation within a health context, as a vocation, place, activity, state of mind or other related definitions.

Please submit your contribution to [email protected] by Mon 29 June 2018.

If you have a specific enquiry regarding your submission, please address this to the relevant member of the editorial team.


Editorial team

Scope (Health & Wellbeing: Occupation)

Opportunity to submit Abstracts – 3rd Intl Conference on Wellbeing & Public Policy

Kia ora members,
I thought this may be of interest to you – Opportunity to submit abstracts – for THIRD INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON WELLBEING & PUBLIC POLICY. Wednesday 5 – Friday 7 September, 2018 Wellington,New Zealand. Hosted by Victoria University of Wellington, the New Zealand Treasury and the International Journal of Wellbeing

Venue: Victoria University of Wellington, Pipitea Campus (Rutherford House) and the New Zealand Parliament Buildings (the Beehive).

About the conference

This third in the series of international conferences on Wellbeing and Public Policy will (1) critically evaluate the rapidly expanding field of wellbeing research across a range of disciplines; (2) share the work of leading international organisations; and (3) distil ideas and practices which will aid governments in developing a wellbeing approach to public policy.

The first in this series of conferences was held in Wellington in July 2012 (for a review see here). The second conference was held at Hamilton College, New York in 2014 (for a review see here). This third in the series will bring together leading scholars on wellbeing, speakers from several international organisations and senior practitioners with experience in applying wellbeing principles to public policy.

The conference will provide extensive opportunity for participants to network and gain exposure to the latest theoretical, empirical and policy related ideas on wellbeing.  As such we are open to a variety of disciplines and methodologies. To enhance participants’ experience, collaboration and networking opportunities, a social activity is expected to follow the conference on Saturday, 8 September.

Our four plenary speakers include Edward Diener (the University of Utah and the University of Virginia, USA), Martijn Burger (Director, Erasmus Happiness Economics Research Organization, the Netherlands), Jan-Emmanuel De Neve (University of Oxford, United Kingdom) and Carla Anne Houkamau (the University of Auckland). Ministers and senior officials from the New Zealand Government will participate in the conference as will members of leading international organisations, including the OECD.

Conference themes

  1. Wellbeing and inequality
  2. Culture, indigeneity and wellbeing (incorporating Māori wellbeing)
  3. Wellbeing, hope and perceptions of the future
  4. Sustainability, capital stocks and wellbeing
  5. Children’s wellbeing
  6. Wellbeing, utilitarianism and the capabilities approach
  7. Technology and wellbeing
  8. Wellbeing – cause or effect?
  9. Wellbeing: policy and practice

Submit an abstract

Submission should include author’s full name and affiliation, paper’s title and a short abstract – no longer than 250 words.  To submit an abstract please visit the conference website here.

Timeline (2018)

  1. Monday 30th April: Abstracts due
  2. Monday 21st May: Acceptance notification by email
  3. Monday 25th June: Early bird registration due
  4. Monday 30th July: Full registration due
  5. Wednesday 5th  – 7th September: Day registration

Publication opportunities

The International Journal of Wellbeing regularly publishes high-quality articles on wellbeing and public policy. Presenters at the conference are strongly encouraged to submit their papers to the journal. A substantial number of high-quality submissions will result in a special issue on wellbeing and public policy.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Wellington!

Wellington is New Zealand’s centre of government and politics, and is also considered the country’s cultural capital. Wellington enjoys high levels of innovation, diversity and creativity. Deutsche Bank named Wellington the city with the best quality of life in 2017. For more on Wellington see here.


Please email [email protected] under the subject heading WaPP3 enquiry.


Conference committee members include: Dr Philip Morrison, Professor of Human Geography, at the School of Geography,  Environment and Earth Sciences, Victoria University of Wellington; Suzy Morrissey, Office of the Chief Economic Adviser, the New Zealand Treasury; Dr Arthur Grimes, Professor at the School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington, inaugural holder of the Chair of Wellbeing and Public Policy and Senior Fellow at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research in Wellington; Dr Samuel Becher, Associate Professor at the School of Accounting and Commercial Law, Victoria University of Wellington; Conal Smith, Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, Victoria University of Wellington; Dr Dan Weijers, Philosophy, School of Social Sciences, Waikato University; and Dr Aaron Jarden, Senior Research Fellow at Flinders University and Head of Research at the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre at the South Australia Health & Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI).

General conference questions? Email [email protected]

Event website: http://www.confer.nz/wellbeingandpublicpolicy2018/




Exciting news in our March 2018 OT Insight!

Click this link – to our March 2018 OT Insight edition and discover the many insights and benefits of  embracing technology in our industry.

Here at the association OTNZ-WNA exciting things are happening!  Applications for Awards and Grants  are now open (pg6).  Early Bird Rates have just been listed for our Clinical Workshops ‘Nurturing and Enabling Resilience and Sustainability – Ko ngā tapuwae tukuiho, ko te huarahi manawapou’ to be hosted in Napier 17-19 September see (pg5).  Harsh Vardhan OTNZ-WNA President Tangata Tiriti and Maree Smith has written insightful articles on how to facilitate resilience and sustainability and gives us his reasons ‘Why you should consider attending the clinical workshops?’

Peter Anderson, Executive Director (pg4) provides us with an update on the work of the association OTNZ-WNZ, the EAP programme, Hand Therapy, Mental Healthy review and our Professional development and lifelong learning initiatives.

Further inside these pages you will read an inspirational personal tribute by Libby Bell (2017) Otago Polytechnic Occupational Therapy Honours graduate supporting family carers (pg 14.)

Stacey Kay (pg 18) gives us a glimpse into her busy life as a mother of 3 who chose to change career paths midstream and how she is coping with the challenge of juggling family commitments and her OT study.

Enjoy your reading,

Ngā Mihi

From the OTNZ-WNZ team Peter, Moe & Otila



Maree Smith OTNZ-WNA tangata whenua member shares her insights on – What does nurturing and enabling resilience mean to you?

Thoughts from Maree Smith member tangata whenua on the 2018 Clinical Workshop theme

What does nurturing and enabling resilience mean to you?

To me nurturing or ‘Manaakitanga’ in Māori culture does not have professional boundaries.  It does not begin at 9am and end at 5pm or operate within working hours.  Manaakitanga cannot be put into a box or isolated.

Manaakitanga to me is about providing consistent support and whakawhanaugatanga from a collective and tikanga Māori perspective – one of holism.  As a new graduate OT who identifies as Māori I have found both the Māori OT Supervision group ‘Whakamanaora’ and the ongoing support from many tutors at AUT invaluable.  Waiti (2014) explored the meaning of resilience when developing a whānau (family) resilience framework through a social-ecological lens. He described a number of family and indigenous resilience factors that enabled individuals to overcome adversity including whānau support, which encompassed emotional, psychological, financial, and practical and resource support.

Supportive relationships have nurtured my development as an OT from my first year studying with AUT and now as a new graduate.  The ongoing support has resulted in the development of relationships with other Māori OTs who I have come to know well and provided a consistent and supportive base where I can learn from other practitioner’s and develop my occupational therapy skills in a culturally safe environment.

Mentoring from AUT lecturers who are experts in their field has also assisted my development as a new graduate working in a new area of occupational therapy being Housing and Homelessness.  Similarly, in Māori culture, the role of Tuakana-Teina (knowledgeable older adult or sibling) often promotes a reciprocal relationship of knowledge sharing similar to a mentor or role-model (Ware & Walsh-Taipata, 2010).

Consistent support within a collective has allowed me to develop my confidence in both tikanga Māori and as an occupational therapist.  It has given me a sense of belonging which speaks to me as Māori.  This has promoted my spiritual and emotional development allowing me to navigate challenges more calmly and effectively.  I trust my skills and back myself more as I know I have people I can contact for guidance and support both professionally and personally.

In the current health environment what is the significance of being resilient?

According to Penehira et al., (2014) state control and neoliberalism has economically and socially disadvantaged Māori, resulting in poor socio-economic, health indicators and inequities.  The current health environment lends itself to economical and funding models which are outcome based as opposed to need based.  Such models do not align with Te Tiriti O Waitangi and OTBNZ competencies in terms of reducing Māori health inequities. This can be quite frustrating as a new graduate Māori occupational therapist who is constantly using the OTBNZ competencies to guide practice but is often left feeling conflicted. This conflict has tested my resilience this year and I am sure it will continue, until we see the end of neo-liberal policy making.

For now, it is significant for me to stay resilient to advocate and promote social justice for Māori who cannot advocate for themselves, to ensure Māori get the resources, care and support they are entitled to as Aotearoa’s indigenous people.

In the current health environment do you think health professionals get enough support to learn, innovate and develop resilience?

Much is reliant on funding and resources, the day to day needs of the working environment and managers having the time to support and develop staff initiatives.

Professional development doesn’t have to include participating in expensive courses or conferences as we can learn a lot from our peers within the workplace and across organisations.  All staff bring a variety of strengths and expertise to a role.  It’s important for managers to take the time to identify a person’s key strengths and give them the opportunity to explore how those strengths can be used in the workplace or on a project.  Tapping into interests and expertise which is meaningful for staff can promote creativity and variety to a role, develop interpersonal relationships and provide purpose and learnings across a department or organization/s.

What can be done to facilitate resilience and sustainability? 

To develop resilience and sustainability on a day to day basis I believe systemic changes at a macro level need to be addressed such as:

–           Equitable governance across health and social sectors.

–           Increase the use of cultural frameworks to guide not only service delivery but also how staff operate daily. For example, tikanga Māori and collectivism.

–           Equitable and sustainable funding models based on need not outcomes.

–           Increase access to resources and funding.

Exo and Micro System Level changes should include:

–           Collectivism, manaakitanga and whakawhanaungatanga both during and after work hours.

–           Develop a reciprocal mentor or role model system where senior OTs support graduate and junior OTs and graduate and junior OTs provide new learnings for senior OTs.  This would be weekly rather than monthly and be ongoing.

–           Salary and wage equity particularly NGOs and organisations who do not use Salary scales.  It can be disheartening when you find out differences in salary when you have similar skills and experience.

–           Provide ongoing opportunities for staff to develop meaning and purpose within their role.


Maree Smith is of Ngāpuhi and Te Rarawa descent, with close affiliations to Ngāti Hau, Patuharakeke and Ihutai.  Maree acknowledges  both Takahiwai and Whakapara Marae through her grandmother and Tauteihiihi Marae through her grandfather.   Maree is an advocate for Māori health and well-being by promoting social and occupational justice.  Maree has recently completed her first year as a new graduate Māori Occupational Therapist using her occupational therapy skills to support people living in social housing sustain their tenancy.   In 2017, Maree completed her Bachelor of Health Science Honours; conducting a research dissertation questioning a potential relationship between meaningful participation and resilience in Māori and other Indigenous youth.  Maree loves to spend time with whānau and friends, hiking and exploring New Zealand National Parks and enjoying the outdoors.


Penehira, M., Green, A., Smith, L. T., & Aspin, C. (2014).  Māori and indigenous view on R & R: Resistance and resilience. MAI Journal, 3(2), 96-110.).

Waiti, J. T. A. M. (2014). Whakaoranga Whānau: A Whānau resilience framework (PhD thesis). Massey University, Wellington, New Zealand.

Ware, F., & Walsh-Tapiata, W. (2010). Youth Development: Māori Styles. Youth Studies            Australia, 29(4), 18. Retrieved from hhttp://search.informit.com.au.ezproxy.aut.ac.nz/documentSummary;dn=568567466586735;res=IELFSC> ISSN: 1038-2569.

2018 is a great year for awards and grants.

2018 is a great year for awards and grants. Please consider nominating a colleague for the Hazel Skilton Founder’s award, or the Francis Rutherford Lecture Award (FRLA). We also have the OTNZ-WNA Achievement Award and OTNZ-WNA Aotearoa Graduate Awards.

The Hazel Skilton Research and Education Trust Grant is also available if you are doing any research related to occupational therapy practice, or knowledge that contributes to it. For full details go to Hazel Skilton Founder’s Award

February 2018 OT Insight

In this OT Insight covers a variety of topics, including working in an aluminium smelter as an industrial occupation therapist, to a personal experience of committing to bicultural practice. We also celebrate our OTNZ-WNA Achievement Award winner, Katrina Wallis.
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