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Aue rā, he aitua


Aue rā, he aitua. E Matua Rackie kua riro atu koe ki tua o te pae. No reira moe mai, moe mai, moe mai rā.

We were very saddened to hear that Honorary Member Matua Rackie Pahau has passed away.

Matua’s quiet, authoritative demeanour and kind spiritual nature brought many years of comfort to OTNZ-WNA councillors and staff and underpinned our courage to embrace our treaty journey.

Thank you for your blessings and the tāonga you gave us.

Wereta Wairakau Pahau (Matua Rakie) passed away peacefully at Hutt Hospital at 5am on Tuesday 30 June 2020, surrounded by his wife Iris, his four children Hera, Garrison, Ronda and Roland, and one of his five mokopuna, Ataaria.

Kua hinga te totara i te wao nui a Tane. The totara has fallen in the forest of Tane.



Last day to be an early bird!


Have you renewed your membership (and insurance if required)?
If you need any help with this process, please e-mail us at [email protected].
To renew at our early-bird rate, please click on the following link before the end of todayhttps://www.otnz.co.nz/join-now/


1 day left to be an early bird!


Have you renewed your membership (and insurance if required)?
If you need any help with this process, please e-mail us at [email protected].
To renew at our early-bird rate, please click on the following link before the end of tomorrowhttps://www.otnz.co.nz/join-now/


New pressure injury prevention resources now available!


ACC is pleased to announce the availability of the new ‘No Pressure’ pressure injury prevention resources.
 
The full set of resources includes a patient-focused flyer in 15 languages, posters, and a classification chart for practitioners. These are now available on the NZWCS website and printed copies can be ordered at no cost from ACC’s online ordering system



WFOT councillor nomination


The WFOT delegate tangata tiriti position will become vacant at the September 2020 AGM. Nominations for council must be with the Executive director by 5pm, Wednesday 12 August 2020 – please e-mail these to [email protected]

The required forms can found on our website here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otnz-wna/otnz-wna-council/about-council/

The position of WFOT delegate tangata tiriti is covered by rule 8.2.3., which can be viewed here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/Rules-2019-updated-181119.pdf



Expressions of interest are sought from OTNZ-WNA tangata tiriti members


In accordance with rule 8.4.1., 8.4.4 and 8.4.5., and following the resignation of Tracey Partridge, council is pleased to announce it has co-opted Joy Aiton to the role of WFOT delegate tangata tiriti until the 2020 AGM.

This leaves a position on council of councillor at large vacant until the 2021 AGM.

Accordingly, council extends a warm invitation for expressions of interest from members who identify as tangata tiriti to co-opt to this role.

Information regarding the role of councillor at large can be found here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otnz-wna/otnz-wna-council/governance/  

In addition, council places importance on candidates that demonstrate they are receptive to OTNZ-WNA’s te tiriti relationship governance model, which can be viewed here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/occupational-therapy/te-tiriti-treaty-relationship-governance-model/ 

Please send your CV to the Executive Director at [email protected], with a covering letter profiling yourself, and how you might add value to council. 



5 Days left to be an Early-Bird!


Have you renewed your membership (and insurance if required)? If you need any help with this process, please e-mail us at [email protected].
To renew at our early-bird rate, please click on the following link before the end of June: https://www.otnz.co.nz/join-now/We look forward to your continued support so that we can achieve even more for Occupational Therapists/Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau

Ngā mihi 

Peter Anderson
Executive Director – OTNZ-WNA 



Webinar on the Health Improvement Practitioners (HIP) Programme


We invite you to a webinar on the Health Improvement Practitioners (HIP) Programme Hosted by Kirsty Connell Exciting opportunities exist in primary care for Occupational Therapists Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau When? Friday 29th May at 12 p.m. Where? Zoom
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Early Bird Membership 2020-2021


Get ready – Early bird membership for 2020-2021 begins this Monday, 4 May!
*please note date change from Friday 1 May to Monday 4th May, apologies for any inconvenience*
 


Occupational Therapy in Primary Care – Being Relevant in the Current Crisis


Occupational Therapy in Primary Care – Being Relevant in the Current Crisis Thursday 9th April 2020, 1-2 p.m. Simply use this link to access, at the designated time: https://zoom.us/j/7658818978 The COVID-19 crisis has resulted in massive disruption to everyone’s normal routines, occupations and ways of being and staying well. For those who live with long Read More...
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Invitation to a Self-Regulation Program


*invitation on behalf of MarySue and Sherry*
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Our hearts go out to each and every one of you in these most challenging of times. We have been reflecting upon what we can do to contribute.


We decided to offer our new online course called, Your Best Self: The Alert Program® For All ($300 gift) to anyone who can benefit worldwide.
 
Feel free to sign up and/or share with any of your neighbours, co-workers, colleagues, and loved ones that all they need to do is:
 
1) Go to AlertProgram4All.com on March 31 between 9am and 9pm (MDT) to register to take the course for free.

2) Sign up for our newsletter, if you’d like an email reminder when the free registration opens in your time zone on March 31. 

3) You’ll receive lifetime access. With lifetime access and because this course is designed to be viewed in short spurts, there is no need to rush to complete it and no need to view it, all in one sitting. 

4) Want to learn more? 

Watch the video about this free $300 gift on our YouTube Channel.

Your Best Self Online Course is designed for adults because, as we learn how to better observe and support ourselves, we can better observe and support others (children, clients, co-workers, and loved ones).

In these tumultuous times, especially while living in close quarters, the Alert Program® offers simple ways for all of us to be well-regulated.

And Sherry will keep you entertained in this course as you learn what you can do to make life easier while you need to stay at home (and what healthcare providers, grocery store workers, service delivery people, essential business workers, and first responders can do to re-energize and continue to do the amazing job they are doing on the front lines for all of us).


From our hearts to yours,
MarySue Williams and Sherry Shellenberger


P.S:  
We will be sending out more tips and helpful YouTube videos, and rest assured – after March 31, we will continue to offer this course with deep discounts (66% off) throughout the COVID-19 crisis to help as many as possible.


COVID-19 and Insurance (BMS)


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“Unite Against COVID-19”


In addition to our previous information, the government now has a website dedicated to the outbreak.

For a one-stop-shop for all COVID-19 Information in New Zealand, go to: https://covid19.govt.nz/



Invitation to Attend a Telehealth-Delivery Zoom Meeting


Invitation from Fi Graham

We have an invitation from Dr. Fiona Graham (below) for a workshop around telehealth/e-Health, which could be very helpful in terms of managing work at this time. For a position statement from WFOT (The World Federation of Occupational Therapy), follow this link: https://www.otnz.co.nz/wp-content/uploads/Telehealth-CM2014.pdf 

Zoom training/sharing in telehealth delivery
Wed 25th March 12-1pm

Link: https://otago.zoom.us/my/fgraham

“Many of us are moving swiftly to tele-based delivery of our services. Some of us have been working in the telehealth space for some time.  I wondered if there was interest in a Zoom discussion on the use of telehealth as an alternative to business as usual? I propose an interactive session- I’d be happy to informally share some take home points from the studies of telehealth I’ve been involved in (just the ‘implications for practice bits’) and / or whole group sharing of issues and practical solutions.

To attend, just click the link at the time with a device (phones work, but it uses quite a bit of data) with zoom enabled. Do not RSVP to me or the SIG, there is no ID for the meeting.  But feel free to discuss your response to this email via the SIG. The session is open to anyone that would find it useful.  Cost: a $5 donation to the Research and Development fund when you get a chance.”



Useful Information Regarding the COVID-19 Outbreak


2020 Challenges

We welcome you to share any of the information below that you feel may be useful for your colleagues, friends, or whānau. Please check in with yourselves and others at this time – We are all in this together.

2020 has brought several unprecedented challenges. The most recent being the spread of COVID-19. Maintaining stability, and minimising disruption to the well-being of ourselves and our community, financially, physically, and emotionally is vital.

Below we have compiled some useful information from:

Message from the World Health Organisation:

“This is a new virus and a new situation. We’re all learning, and we must all find new ways to prevent infections, save lives, and minimize impact. All countries have lessons to share.

There are simple, effective things we can all do to reduce the risk of infection for ourselves and those around us.

  • Clean your hands regularly with an alcohol-based rub or soap and water.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with your elbow if you cough or sneeze.
  • Stay home if you’re sick.
  • Avoid unnecessary travel and large social gatherings.
  • Comply with the advice of your local or national health authority.
  • Find and share reliable information.
  • And finally, you can give (click here to donate).

Together with the United Nations Foundation and the Swiss Philanthropy Foundation, WHO is today launching the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, to enable individuals and organisations to contribute.

Until now, we have been relying mainly on governments to support the response.”
New Zealand Government – Business Support Package

Recently, the Government announced a $12.1 billion dollar business support package – one of the largest packages in the world (on a per-capita basis).

The package includes:

  • Initial $500 million boost for health
  • $5.1 billion in wage subsidies for affected businesses in all sectors and regions, available from today. Click here for more information.
  • $126 million in COVID-19 leave and self-isolation support
  • $2.8 billion income support package for our most vulnerable
  • $100 million redeployment package
  • $2.8 billion in business tax changes to free up cash flow
  • $600 million initial aviation support package

For more details/fact-sheets, click here.

Where can you keep informed?

The Ministry of Health has up-to-date information for New Zealand on:

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) has great resources for businesses here.

Personal Well-Being

The Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) as well as Auckland DHB have information on self-care tips.

The Mental Health Foundation has information on the top ‘5 Ways to Well-Being’.

Xero also have tips on how to access the XAP services (Xero Assitance Programme) and they also have webinar recordings focused on wellbeing.

We encourage you to prioritise caring for yourself and others at this time, and to reach out if you need help in any way. We are all in this together.



2020 Face-to-Face Clinical Workshops Cancelled


Important Announcement

We have been keeping a close eye on updates around COVID-19, and after careful consideration we have decided to make significant changes to this years clinical workshops.

To ensure the safety of all members and staff, the clinical workshops will no longer be in person, instead we are exploring a range of alternative options, including a series of live video presentations, workshops and webinars. More information will be provided about this shortly.



Abstract Call Reminder


Reminder – Abstract submissions for the 2020 Clinical Workshops Open until the 28th of February

We want to make this year’s workshops interactive, engaging, educational and inclusive of new graduate and student OTs.

The programme committee warmly invites you to submit an abstract.  Please note the deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2020. This is to allow the programme to be put together much earlier than normal so that members have plenty of notice where they have access to funding.

Woven through each of these streams, the workshops will include: Bi-cultural, student and new graduate content or interest.

All streams will include workshops that focus on on any of the following clinical areas:

  • Children and family
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Physical
  • Social health
  • Health of the older person

The following streams will accommodate the abstract subjects:

  • Whānau Ora (Family wellbeing)
  • Mahi Ora (Work interests/Vocational rehab)
  • Kāinga Ora (Community Health)
  • Te Auaha (Innovation/Entrepreneurial)

We are not going to crowd the event but in fact make provision for discussion and reflection. Taking away valuable learning and practical tools for OT’s to use in their practice is the goal.

To view the abstract template, click here.
For full instructions, guidelines and further resources, click here.



Do you need help with your abstract submission?


Invitation from Dr. Fiona Graham

We are very grateful to Dr. Fiona Graham who is offering an online tutorial to work up your abstract submission on Monday Feb 17th, at 8 p.m.

Come with your abstract idea prepared including written answers to these four questions:

1. What will participants learn?
2. About what topic?
3. How will you know they have learnt it?
4. What learning activities will best teach it?*

*Also check out YouTube advice before you come.

Fi will share some ideas and examples, and work through some brief exercises in small groups to develop written abstracts. Participants will go away with complete drafts of their abstracts.

Cost: $5 donation to the OTNZ-WNA Research and Development Trust Fund with your next membership subscription (you will know the truth). Places are limited. To register, follow this link: https://otago.zoom.us/my/fgraham



Abstract Submissions Open for the 2020 Clinical Workshops


Clinical Workshops, Christchurch, 9-11 August 2020 – Abstract submissions for the 2020 Clinical Workshops are now open

Tukuna mā te wairua o Te Tiriti hei hono i a tātou mō ake tonu –
Let the spirit of the Treaty bind us all together forever

 

We want to make this year’s workshops interactive, engaging, educational and inclusive of new graduate and student OTs.

The programme committee warmly invites you to submit an abstract.  Please note the deadline for abstracts is 28 February 2020. This is to allow the programme to be put together much earlier than normal so that members have plenty of notice where they have access to funding.

We want to have a bi-cultural focus and we want to feature the following clinical areas:

  • Children and family
  • Mental health and addictions
  • Physical
  • Social health

The following streams will accommodate the abstract subjects:

  • Whānau Ora/Family well-being
  • Mahi Ora/Work interests/Vocational rehab
  • Kāinga Ora/Community Health/School Education
  • Te Auaha/Innovation/Entrepreneurial

We are not going to crowd the event but in fact make provision for discussion and reflection. Taking away valuable learning and practical tools for OT’s to use in their practice is the goal.
 
Full instructions, guidelines and resources along with the application template are available. You can access these by clicking here or going to https://www.cmnzl.co.nz/otnzwnaevents/call-for-abstracts/