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2019 News Archive

Meri Kirihimete/Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Christmas is only 5 days away! We at OTNZ-WNA want to thank all our members for your continued support, and hope that everybody has a safe and relaxing holiday season. We look forward to what 2020 will bring!

*Reminder that we will be closing from the 20th of December 2019 until the 13th January 2020*

Final News/Kawepūrongo for 2019!

Kia ora everyone,

Before we close off for the year, we want to make sure you are all up to date – Click here for a full rundown/our last newsletter for 2019!:

*NB: This information is largely targetted to OTNZ-WNA members, so may not be relevant/accessible for non-members*

Christmas Closing Period 2019-2020

Christmas Closing Period

Kia ora everyone! In anticipation of the Christmas holidays, we want to let you all know that our office will be closed from close of business Friday 20th December 2019 until Monday 13th January 2020.

Member Logo

Ata mārie everyone! Here is a preview of our new member logo, which launched today! Download yours from our website.

For members, use this link to access this: https://www.otnzwna.co.nz/membership/membership-logo/

CPD (Continued Professional Development) Videos

We now have 2 CPD (Continued Professional Development) videos up!

Our latest is a presentation by: Prof. David Tipene Leach on Understanding Unconscious Bias

 “Why Understanding Unconscious Bias Contributes to Anti-Racism and Promotes Equity”

Check this and our other CPD video out at their new home on our CPD (Continued Professional Development) page using this link*: https://www.otnzwna.co.nz/cpd-continued-professional-development/

*Please note this is for members only*

News Archive

Are you an NZJOT reader, or OTNZ-WNA member? We need you! In 2018, the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy/Te Hautaka Whakaora Ngangahau o Aotearoa reached a milestone – 60 years since it first appeared under the title: Occupational Therapy (Official Journal of the New Zealand Reg. Occupational Therapist’s Association). It is thus timely to Read More…

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News Archive

ACC have asked us to share an update with OT’s regarding their ECP project. ACC have been working with groups of healthcare providers to create new pathways for people with non-acute knee, shoulder and lower-back injuries. The project is part of ACC’s commitment to work more collaboratively with our healthcare providers and focus on what Read More…

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OT Week 2019 (21-25 October)

OT Week is almost here! It will be running from the 21st to the 25th of October, with World OT Day rounding off the week on the 27th!

We are holding 2 competitions which will close on the 27th, and will also be distributing badges for you to take the lead show your OT pride this OT Week – Get your orders in quick as we have a limited number!

For more information, visit our OT Week Toolkit by following this link: https://www.otnzwna.co.nz/resources/ot-week-2019-info-toolkit/

News Archive

Attending the AGM via Zoom – Register by e-mailing your interest at [email protected] before 10.30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday 24 Sept.), or join before 10.50 a.m. using the link below. The AGM will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow the 24th of September, and is anticipated to run until 12 p.m., however we ask that you join Read More…

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Conference 2019

Our conference is now less than a month away, and for those with busy schedules, we are happy to announce that there are 1-day passes available. Register now at http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/otnzwnaevents/home/– We look forward to seeing you there!

National Response to MoCA Test Certification

“In June, the Canadian MoCA Clinic and Institute announced that all users of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test will be required to complete a training and certification program every two years at their own cost from 1 September 2020. Access to the online test resources will also be restricted to people who have completed the training. NZ is considering a national response to the issues this raises.” See the attached document below to learn more.

National response to MoCA test certification

Conference: Early Bird Rate Ending 11 August 2019

Reminder: The early bird rate to attend the 2019 Conference ends on the 11 August 2019

We appreciate that some OT’s may be waiting for funding from their respective DHB’s to attend, and would like to let them know that they can book now and pay up to two weeks from the conference which is from the 23-25 September 2019 at the Waipuna hotel in Auckland. In this way they can secure the early bird rate.

To register, and to find out more about accommodation and the agenda for the conference, head to: http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/otnzwnaevents/home/

We look forward to welcoming you to the unique experience that an OTNZ-WNA conference offers!

Updates/Reminders July 2019


Here are some exciting updates/reminders we would like to share:


Book now and pay later and secure the early bird rate for the OTNZ-WNA Conference and Tangata Whenua Hui

– To secure your early bird rate, and dinner ticket for the conference simply book at https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/OT2019/ and place a $100 deposit with the balance to pay by 6 September 2019. (Early Bird ends 11 August 2019).
– To find more information about the tangata whenua hui, click here, or click here to register.


OTNZ-WNA membership

Renewal for 2019/20 expires 31 July 2019. Your ongoing support is vital to help us with the work we are doing to raise the profession’s profile and secure your future. Click here to renew now. E-mail us at [email protected] for enquiries.

Need insurance?

Click here for more information. Please note, the new indemnity insurance period began 1 July 2019.

“Free June edition of OT Insight. One of the many benefits in belonging to your professional association”

We warmly invite non-member practitioners to consider joining your professional association and to support the work we are doing to raise the professions profile. Click here to access just one of the many benefits  – a free version of the June edition of OT Insight.
For a full list of benefits click here.
We also encourage members to inform non- members and to extend an invitation to access this offer.  Furthermore, we take this opportunity to thank you for engaging with and being responsible for your profession through your membership support.

Membership renewal

Time flies! Don’t forget to renew your membership. Early Bird closes 30 June


Conference 2019 Super Early Bird ends 30 June 2019 – Book now!

Exciting News!: Congratulations to Gilbert Azuela

Exciting News!
We are proud to extend our congratulations to Gilbert Azuela, OTNZ-WNA council member tangata tiriti, who has landed a role with Te Pou as ‘Project Lead – Practice’.
This is a national role that will see Gilbert lead the successful delivery of a range of projects within the mental health and addiction Practice. The portfolio includes least restrictive practice initiatives, six core strategies in reducing seclusion and restraint, sensory modulation and the talking therapies.
Gilbert starts with Te Pou on 12th June which will allow him time to prepare for his PhD oral examination the following week – which will be another exciting milestone for our council member.

Exciting News!: Dr. Hinemoa Elder, one of our awesome 2019 Conference Keynote speakers, to receive MNZM (NZ Order of Merit)

Dr. Hinemoa Elder, one of our awesome 2019 Conference Keynote speakers,

to receive MNZM (NZ Order of Merit)


We would like to share in congratulating Dr. Hinemoa Elder, who among her many accolades is now a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Specialising in youth forensic psychiatry, neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment for Māori with traumatic brain injuries, Dr. Elder has also been involved in the development of mental health services, and has been the Māori strategic adviser for Brain Research New Zealand since 2016. She is a strong advocate for the use of Te Reo Māori across all fields, and we are very honoured that she will be one of the keynote speakers at our OTNZ-WNA 2019 Conference this September. Congratulations again on this recognition of your services.

He korero whakamihi tēnei ki a koe e Tākuta Hinemoa Elder mo tō whiwhingā o Te Tohu Tā, he korero whakamihi hoki tēnei ki a koe mo ō mahi.

(Congratulations Dr. Hinemoa Elder on your MNZM, and many thanks to you for your work).


Conference: http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/otnzwnaevents/home/

Ref. NZ Herald: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12236701

Weekend Reading: May 2019 OTInsight Available!

Looking for something great to read this weekend?

Our May OTInsight is now available (free access for members). Click here to read it online.

(If you are not yet a member, join now to receive free access to all editions of the OTInsight  – get started by clicking here.)

(For current members: Please ensure you physical and e-mail addresses are up-to-date, as well as your OTInsight preferences, to ensure you receive a copy.)


Early bird membership for 2019-2020 has begun

OTNZ-WNA membership subscriptions are essential to enable your association to lobby and raise the profile of the profession, offer super competitive insurance, provide an annual PD event, connect you to communities of common interest, produce both scientific and social publications and keep you informed and up-to-date.

We’re pleased to announce that the early bird membership renewal stage has now started and that there are no price increases this year. To renew your membership, click here (you will need to log in first). If you would like to join OTNZ-WNA for the first time or rejoin after a break, you can still take advantage of the early bird pricing by clicking here.

We look forward to your support so that we can achieve even more in these opportune, challenging and exciting times for Occupational Therapists.

Ngā Mihi

Peter Anderson
Executive Director – OTNZ-WNA

Exciting Learning Opportunity: Watch the PERFORM Pilot Online Seminar (HASANZ with PhysioScholar)

PERFORM – Pilot Seminar (HASANZ, with PhysioScholar – Online Seminar)
We have an exciting opportunity for OT’s who missed out to watch the pilot PERFORM online seminar (held on the 18th of March 2019) through the link provided below by HASANZ, to watch and bring themselves up to speed in their own time.
To watch, go to this link:
For all non-PhysioScholar attendees, use the following log-in details:
Username: HASANZ-webinar
Password: G%9b%77BKu

Dr Mary Butler Promoted to Professor at Otago Polytechnic

Wonderful news

We are delighted to learn that Dr Mary Butler from Otago Polytechnic has been promoted to the role of Professor.
Our heartfelt congratulations Mary, we are all very proud of you.

Dr Mary Butler

Choosing Wisely Forum 10 May 2019

We are pleased to share that our president tangata tiriti Harsh Vardhan will be leading the allied health and pharmacy group to this forum.

The association supports choosing wisely and encourages member participation. To learn more see draft agenda.

Click here to attend.

Vacancy Assistant Manager – Business development

We have a unique opportunity for an Occupational Therapist – Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau to join our team at Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA).

The role initially will be for a fixed term role of 9 months, with hours of work being 15 – 20 hours.

For more information click here

Abstract Submissions for the 2019 Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau Conference is now open

The Permanent Scientific Programme Committee warmly invite you to submit an abstract for the 22- 25 September 2019 Conference at the Waipuna Conference Centre Auckland
The overarching vision for the 2019 Conference is Tu mai e nga rangatira, tu mai hei mataariki, tu tei tirohanga mo te ao / Leaders: Stand, be seen & shine.

The following Conference themes have been developed to showcase this vision and we welcome abstracts to reflect:
Leading others / Te ārahi i te tangata kē
Leading practice / Te ārahi i ngā mahi tiaki
Leading research / Te ārahi rangahau
Leading innovation / Te ārahi auahatanga
Occupational therapists as leaders / Ngā kaiwhakaora ngangahau hei kaihautū
Leading in partnership / Te ārahi i roto i te mahi kōtui
Pathways to the present / Ngā ara o mua iho ki nāianei
Leaders leading leaders / Te kaihautū hei ārahi i te kaihautū
Leadership and equity / Te hautū me te ōritetanga

Education / Te Mātauranga
Children & families / Ngā tamariki & ngā whānau
Adults / Ngā Pakeke
Mental health / Te hauora hinengaro
Physical health / Te hauora tinana
Kaupapa Māori / Ngā Kaupapa Māori
Indigenous services / Ngā ratonga iwi taketake
Older adults / Ngā pakeke kaumātua ake
Community / Te Hapori
Consumer engagement / Te tūhono ki te kiritaki
Health and societal systems / Ngā pūnaha hauora, pāpori hoki
Occupational therapy profession / Te tira ngaio o ngā kaiwhakaora ngangahau
Aoteaora New Zealand society / Te pāpori o Aotearoa New Zealand
The Association’s Te Tiriti relationship model of weaving tangata whenua and tangata tiriti in true partnership under which Te Tiriti o Waitangi was intended. We therefore, invite abstracts that incorporate leadership from a tangata whenua perspective revealing the authentic aspects of being leaders/rangatira.

Abstracts close on 5 April 2019. For full information on submission types, tips and abstract templates and how to apply for funding to attend the 2019 Conference follow this link – http://www.cmnzl.co.nz/otnzwnaevents/call-for-abstracts/

To submit an abstract go to www.otnzwnaevents.co.nz