OTNZ-WNA 2018 AGM Election of officers

Election of officers Election statements

OT Insight August 2018

Three nominations were received for two vacancies in the positons of councillor at large tangata tiriti

Joy Aiton –

I am an occupational therapist with 30 years’ experience and would like to be re-elected to OTNZ–WNA Council for a second term. I have had the opportunity to experience a broad range of specialisms during my varied career as an occupational therapist in the UK, USA and New Zealand including: • mental health • paediatrics • assistive technology • wheelchairs and seating • community • residential support service • brain injury and I currently work as clinical manager, Occupational Therapy West Coast. With a changing focus in health care, we, as occupational therapists have the opportunity to lead some of these changes and be at the forefront of new service developments. I have had experiences that enable me to participate in the leadership and governance role of council, but am also keen to learn, grow and support the future development of the profession of occupational therapy in New Zealand.

Christine Pacey

Nga mihi mai i te pokapū Greetings from Central Otago Ko Campsy Glen te māunga My mountain is Campsy Glen Ko Clyde te awa My river is Clyde Ko Emirates te waka My boat was Emirates Nō Glasgow ahau I am from Glasgow For the last 6 years I have worked as a Care Coordinator for the Otago Community Hospice based in Central Otago. My job is to assist people who have been diagnosed as having less than one year to live, to live well and make the most of each day. Symptom management and advanced care planning can relieve stress for both the patient and their whānau. Education on fatigue or pain management, moving and handling, funeral planning are all components of work which I feel privileged to undertake. In 1986, I qualified in Glasgow with a Diploma in Occupational Therapy. With further study in Edinburgh I received my Occupational Therapy Degree in 1996. In 2014, I gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Palliative Care and I have just finished a Masters in Health Science endorsed in Palliative Care.

I previously worked in community rehabilitation and housing modifications. I spent 13 years in private practice in the lower half of the South Island and ran my own rehabilitation company providing assessment and rehabilitation. I held several management positions in the United Kingdom for a number of years which exposed me to managing large budgets for disability service provision. I was confirmed in my role as Research and Development Portfolio Holder at the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists’ AGM in October 2006 which was a two-year appointment. I moved from this role to treasurer and continued on until my 6 year term was complete. Now a ‘few’ years on I would like to return. I am committed to ongoing professional development and to continuing improvement in assessment and rehabilitation services provided to rural communities. I would like to see the profession gain a higher profile in order to promote a wider understanding both within the population of New Zealand and internationally. I would also like to see occupational therapists move into other less traditional roles such as palliative care. I am impressed by the new Treaty Relationship Governance Model and look forward to sharing my skills and enthusiasm, working under this model and honouring the Te Tiriti O Waitangi/Treaty of Waitangi. Tena koutou, Tena koutou, Tena koutou

Gilbert Azuela

My name is Gilbert Azuela. I am a specialist in the area of occupational therapy practice with extensive professional experiences as a clinician, leader, coordinator, advisor, facilitator, and educator. I am currently finalising a PhD at the School of Clinical Sciences, Auckland University of Technology. I work as clinical adviser in mental health and reintegration at the service development, national office, Department of Corrections.

I am contracted by the department to develop mental health and reintegration services in New Zealand. There are four areas of work: Improving mental health service in prisons and community probations; a wraparound family service; supported living through transitional accommodation houses; and social worker and counsellor services in the three women’s prisons. I provide support for successful implementation of the programmes in prisons and community probations across New Zealand, and I’m responsible for quality monitoring of all key performance indicators and clinical quality standards of these programmes. For a number of years I have had a strong interest in occupational therapy. I have worked in different health and disability sectors both government and non-government organisations where I developed resilience and increased capacity to sustain good judgement and decision making even in a most challenging situations in providing advice and directions to various stakeholders.

I have been involved in leading and facilitating local and national projects to support mental health and addiction workforce development such as smoking cessation, sensory modulation, motivational interviewing, and intentional practice model. As a trained educator, I have remained passionate working with people to support them to achieve their full potential by providing clinical supervision, coaching and mentoring. I use holistic, client-family centric, rehabilitative and communityoriented approaches using contemporary, outcome-focused and evidence-based methods. I am a member of the advocacy governance committee of Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa. I would like to further collaborate with the association and contribute towards its strategic goals. I trust that by joining the council I can extend my support to the future direction and development of the occupational therapy profession.

Proxy Voting – AGM 2018

Any Full*/Life/Honorary Life member who is not able to attend the annual General meeting (AGM) is entitled to authorise a proxy vote on their behalf. Anyone wishing to avail themselves of this right should download the form here and give it to a person who is attending.

Notice of appointment of proxy for: I Being a full*/life/honorary life member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (Inc), hereby authorise: Also a full*/life/honorary life member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (Inc) to exercise a proxy vote on my behalf at the Associations AGM being held at the Napier Conference Centre, 48 Marine Parade, on Tuesday 18 September 2018.

Please note that there is no limit to the number of proxy votes a full*/life/honorary life member attending the Annual General Meeting can hold. However a quorum must be achieved first for the vote to be counted. *Full members include the following memberships; Full, Proportional, First Professional year and Minor Proportional member.