It gives me a sense of satisfaction to know that the work I do not only supports the association, but it also upholds the profile of the profession. I have been a member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand-Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa for many years because I consider it to be an asset to the profession. The association ensures occupational therapy holds its place in the health field on a local, national, and global level. In other words, the association promotes the interests of occupational therapists through advocacy at a political level, as well as offering benefits such as: Indemnity insurance, learning opportunities, collegiality and community. I found that access to opportunities for networking and interacting with others through special interest groups and conferences to be very valuable as a practicing clinician.
I am a great believer in the power of stories, they are one of the best ways to facilitate understanding of how to apply learning in practice. I tend to think that being a good communicator is one of the most powerful skills in the world. So, on behalf of the association, I believe it is the editor's responsibility to maintain the reputation of occupational therapists in New Zealand by ensuring that the articles published in the NZJOT and OT Insight are easy to read and understand, come from a trusted source, and have utility and value for the profession. I am always looking to publish stories that unleash the power of occupational therapy. Do you have a story to share? Your contributions as authors and critical readers are essential to the continued success of the publications so manuscripts, feedback, and comments are all welcome