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2018 AON Indemnity Insurance Premium increase AON our insurance brokers have advised us that over the last few years the liability insurance market has hardened with Insurers requiring a mandatory 5% increase in premiums for open market placements. For full information click on the Insurance link to the right. The change is a result of Read More…
Early Bird Special – 2018 Clinical Workshops & Tangata Whenua Hui info:
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Thank you Andrew Charnock, CE/Registrar OTBNZ for sharing your travel blog and update on the Royal College of Occupational Therapy annual conference and exhibition in Belfast. Over 500 OT's from across the UK plus visitors from Canada, America and New Zealand attended. Details of the conference can been seen here - rcotannualconference.org.uk
The speaker for the opening session was Chris Pointon. Chris’ wife, Kate died of cancer in July 2016. Prior to her death Kate had started the “hello my name is…” campaign. The campaign has gone global. More information about the campaign can be found here - hellomynameis.org.uk . Chris has made presentations in New Zealand.
Chris gave a very personal presentation about his life with Kate and how the movement started. It was during Kate’s treatment for cancer that the idea was started. Kate, a geriatrician working in Leeds NHS Trust, reflected on shortcomings during her care. The “hello my names is” initiative was to remind people to introduce themselves when meeting people. This coupled with 4 core values –
* Little things
* Person centre care
* See me
youtu.be/hk6TydLCiy4Dr Kate Granger speaking at the NHS Confederation annual conference and exhibition 2014 ... See MoreSee Less
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'Keeping that special time together'...Tony and his wife both enjoyed running before he lost the use of his legs. Although he tried to keep her company on her runs and walks they were constantly worried about the instability of his chair. Thanks to his great OT and wheel chair technician for recommending Allied Medical's new Q6 Edge 2.0 Tony is now enjoying a new level of independence, he's able to comfortably keep that 'special time together' and continue to enjoy the 'fresh outdoors' worry free. Here's the details for Tony's set up - the Q6 Edge 2.0 True Balance 3 seating, which included tilt, lift and recline, along with power leg rests includes iDrive, enhanced display with Bluetooth, a very supportive Manta Ray back and a Roho cushion - the link to the #AlliedMedical's website www.alliedmedical.co.nz/products/wheelchairs/
Allied Medical - Premier Sponsors of our OTNZ-WNA Clinical Workshops 2018 www.alliedmedical.co.nz/your-stories/tonys-story/ ... See MoreSee Less
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News Release - Auckland University study shows New Zealanders have the highest known rate of motor neurone disease in the world. Motor neurone disease (MND) is the world’s third most-common neurodegenerative disorder, after Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Internationally, an average of 1.67 people per 100,000 die due to MND each year.
New Zealand’s MND mortality rate is as high as 2.8 deaths from MND per 100,0001.
While the difference may not seem great, it means that of the 131 people in New Zealand who are lost to MND every year, 53 of these deaths are unanticipated, due to our rates of MND being higher than the international average.
The cumulative risk of developing MND over one’s lifetime in New Zealand may therefore be even greater than one in 300, the estimated risk internationally2.
The Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland analysed data from 2264 people who died from MND between 1992 and 2013.
“We found that that the proportion of people in New Zealand who die from MND is higher than any other country we examined,” says Dr Emma Scotter, head of the Motor Neuron Disease Research Lab, Centre for Brain Research, University of Auckland.
MND is a disease seen more frequently in older people, so the Centre for Brain Research calculations took aging into account. “We know that New Zealand doesn’t have higher MND mortality rates just due to living longer, or having a greater proportion of older people in our population. It’s something other than just an age effect,” says Dr Scotter.
A study in the scientific journal Nature Communications in August 2016 predicts the worldwide incidence of MND will increase 69% by 20403. In New Zealand, this would see at least 221 people dying from MND each year – greater than the number of people who die in car accidents4.
Scotter’s team found that in Māori, the rate of MND is about half that of the rest of the population, suggesting that Māori may have protective factors for MND – or that there are healthcare disparities that reduce the number of Māori with MND who are diagnosed appropriately.
“We conducted this study as a foundation for our own research on changes in brain cells and brain tissue in MND, and to aid research by others around the country to whom we are connected through the New Zealand MND Research Network,” says Dr Scotter.
“Together we believe we can learn why people in New Zealand develop MND, help in the search towards therapies, and champion for people in New Zealand with MND to have access to such therapies.”
Contact Annabel McAleer, Communications Manager, MND New Zealand: [email protected], phone 021840108
Global MND Awareness Day is June 21. New Zealand’s MND Awareness Week runs from June 18 to 24.
1. Motor neuron disease mortality rates in New Zealand 1992-2013, Maize C. Cao, Andrew Chancellor, Alison Charleston, Mike Dragunow & Emma L. Scotter. 2018, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Degeneration Journal, 1-9. europepmc.org/abstract/med/29382218
2. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in an urban setting, Clare A. Johnston, Biba R. Stanton, Martin R. Turner, Rebecca Gray, Ashley Hay-Ming Blunt, David Butt, Mary-Ann Ampong, Christopher E. Shaw, P. Nigel Leigh, Ammar Al-Chalabi. 2006, Journal of Neurology, Volume 253, Issue 12, pp 1642–1643, table 2. link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs00415-006-0195-y
3. Projected increase in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis from 2015 to 2040, Karissa C. Arthur, Andrea Calvo, T. Ryan Price, Joshua T. Geiger, Adriano Chiò & Bryan J. Traynor. 2016, Nature Communications, volume 7, Article number 12408. www.nature.com/articles/ncomms12408
4. Mortality 2015 data tables, Ministry of Health. www.health.govt.nz/publication/mortality-2015-data-tablesVideo courtesy of Bernard Bushnell. Motor neurone disease in 60 seconds was created to engage audiences on social media. It was also created to promote Berna... ... See MoreSee Less
When I trained I was told it would be rare to have someone with MND on my caseload. I came to NZ and as the community OT in the Waikato had 8 people as clients over the 4.5 years I covered my area. Rare-Not! But it did raise questions about environmental impact on rural residents, as all my clients lived in small country towns or in farmlands. This would make a good research project for someone.
Job Vacancy! Exciting opportunity for an experienced OT to join Allied Health & Award Winning engAGE Service Hawkes Bay District Health Board. Full time, permanent
80 hours per fortnight. This position involves working with people in their own homes to support their safety and functional independence to live well, stay well and get well. Interventions includes inter professional and multidisciplinary working as well as individual occupational therapy specific assessment and interventions. This can include patient focused goal setting and interventions, environmental and equipment assessment and provision, wheelchair and seating management all with a focus on a patients meaningful occupations.
You won't find this opportunity just anywhere, and when you combine this with the chance to live in New Zealand's own piece of paradise, you have to ask yourself "why work anywhere else"?youtube.com ... See MoreSee Less
OT urgently required in Akld Penrose region. OT for training purposes around manual handling in the commercial sector, where the employer has most of their injuries – particularly with backs. He is looking for some very practical industry-specific training.
They have spoken with ACC and they have recommended to contact OTNZ-WNA. If this is your area and you are keen or can recommend a contact OT please comment below or email Otila at [email protected] ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Fi Graham for sharing this link to the Free Book - 'It's busy being 3' - To learn how AMAZING this book is, read here!
In this story, an amazing kangaroo named Joey shows all of the amazing things he can do now that he is 3 years old. These amazing things are called developmental milestones. This book will show you what to look for as your child grows and develops. Ask your child to find the koala bears. Each page with a koala bear also has a star and milestone at the bottom just for you. See if your 3-year-old child is able to do some of the same things as Joey.
Also be sure to turn to the end of the book for: 3-year-old milestones, tips about how you can help your child learn and grow, and to find out where you can go for more information. Happy reading! Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, Developmental Pediatrician
Katie K. Green, MPH, CHES, Health Communication Specialist
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.maactearly.org%2Fuploads%2F9%2F2%2F2%2F3%2F9223642%2Famazin... ... See MoreSee Less
Can a physical book be purchased?
Creative Design thinking - helping to make life that little bit easier. ... See MoreSee Less
New Job Vacancy! Waikato DHB Allied Health is seeking an experienced leader for the position of Manager of Occupational Therapy, Allied Health. This role requires the applicant to provide proactive and efficient day to day operation of this service for the allied health division. The manager is key to the day to day success, covering everything from recruitment to preparing business cases, managing complex operational interaction between services and ensuring the day to day deployment of resources supports optimal patient care.
Closing date: 22 June 2018
Please apply on the Waikato DHB website - adhbrac.taleo.net/careersection/.wai_ext/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=WAI06405
vimeo.com/258548784Thames Hospital has New Zealand’s first-of-its-kind clinical robot on trial. ... See MoreSee Less
Calling for OT's in the Wellington and Hutt Valley regions. We have a client requiring an assessment in Wainuiomata. Please can you respond with your contact details and I will follow-up. (Please note that we are currently updating our Find a Therapist database and invite you to register your contact details with us) or email - [email protected] or call Otila on 044736510 ... See MoreSee Less
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Too many people with mental health problems are made to feel isolated and ashamed. We want to change the way people think and act about mental health problems.
Fiona Crouch, a lifelong knitter whose mother-in-law had dementia, designed the 'Snuggle Bear' as a sensory toy for people young and old. Learn how to make your own here: https://t.co/urU3gNUJn9
Find out how @aliveactivities are using NICE guidance to improve independence and wellbeing in care homes! @Brunelcare #carehomes #iPals #wellbeing https://t.co/yPkNiJp1fJ
Someone is slacking. #TakeYourDogToWorkDay #BringYourDogToWorkDay #lunchbreak
Vaccine-preventable diseases include:
Protected together, #VaccinesWork!
Facts & figures from #WFOT18. Delegates in attendance = 2000
sponsors & exhibitors: 29; presenters: 1150; pre-congress workshops: 10; in-congress workshops: 13; oral sessions: 71; guided poster sessions: 10; posters: 800. Thank you to all that contributed
It might be #BringYourDogToWorkDay but we're counting down to 'Bring Your Dog To #MemoryWalk Day'!
Find walks in your local area - and help fund vital research: https://t.co/hPwtvGgLIj
We sponsor the new evaluation resources by @PHE_uk: https://t.co/m5FjRt4zpG These documents are for public health practitioners evaluating interventions in sexual health, reproductive health and HIV services.
“Imagine thinking because I said the wrong name, made a joke about a dress, or jokingly calling someone tight, could leave me for hours thinking it would be better for everyone if I disappeared.”
In her blog, Sarah talks about living with EUPD: https://t.co/UiEuKqW6Uu
RT @OTDeborah: Looks fantastic, and free, well done NHS @QIFUNdamentals @CFHS_Surrey @RCOT_CYPF
#QIHIKERS on Twitter
”Wow... just wow! More than 1000 people are now enrolled on our free, online #qualityimprovement course starting on 16 July. You can join them h...
Do you have personal experience of #ME/CFS and want to help shape national guidance on diagnosis and care? Recruitment for our ME/CFS guideline committee is now open. More info: https://t.co/FRZ5K1U4y3
Accessible walks to take place across England for Deafblind Awareness Week
Accessible walks to take place across England for Deafblind Awareness Week - Able Magazine
Listen Hundreds of people across England will take to the streets next week, to raise awareness of the needs of the people with complex disabilities. ...
Yesterday the @YoungDementiaUK network brought together Alzheimer's Society researchers and people affected by young onset #dementia - a vital way to ensure research is relevant those living with the dementia. More about how you can support research here - https://t.co/fFNF6uDavl
Ross Kemp recently visited his 'second mum' Barbara Windsor at her place for a cup of tea. 'What she has done is very brave, she has a great husband in Scott. The more we talk about any issue in our life, the better we are at dealing with it.' Read more:
Day and night: Ross‘s tea-break with Babs
ROSS KEMP insists Barbara Windsor is doing really well and plied him with tea and biscuits when he went round to see his ”second mum” rece...
Check out this new blog by our third Shared Learning Award finalist -- Seven glasses a day, keep UTIs at bay: https://t.co/BaRNHQ6Dpx The winner of our 2018 Shared Learning Awards will be announced at #NICEconf18 next week!
Good hydration! Read @sundusjawad1's blog for @NICEcomms on our @PS_Oxford initiative with @NHSEastBerksCCG which is reducing urinary tract infections in care homes and shortlisted for NICE shared learning award on 25 June https://t.co/mczPMNq36q
The hunt for #Ebola continues in the remote areas of #DRC🇨🇩.
Marie-Roseline Bélizaire and her team travel over hundreds of kilometers by motorcycles through the remote rainforests to visit communities at risk and follow up contacts of confirmed cases.
Congratulations @sportforconf! #ValueOfOT
Sport for Confidence on Twitter
”Absolutely delighted that we have won this award, in recognition of the importance of our work in addressing inequalities in sport and physical...
Path to Tokyo 2020: Path to Success Announces Sponsorship of Twelve Female Para-Athletes
Path to Tokyo 2020: Path to Success Announces Sponsorship of Twelve Female Para-Athletes - Able Magazine
Listen Leading disability charity Path to Success has announced the sponsorship of twelve female para-athletes who are seeking to realise their dream ...
When it's hot 🥵:
✔️#drinkwater 🥤 & non-alcoholic fluids, even when not #thirsty - it will help to prevent heat-related illnesses
❌Don’t drink liquids that contain caffeine, alcohol or large amounts of sugar. These cause you to lose more body fluids & worsen #dehydration