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Special General Meeting 10 December at 7 pm


A Special General Meeting (SGM) of the association is to be held on Thursday 10 December at 7 pm to complete the business of the AGM held on 26 November 2020
Thank you to those who attended the recent AGM!

Due to members needing to leave for work commitments, we dropped below the required quorum numbers just after 12.40 p.m. at the 26 November AGM meeting and had to close the meeting down as per our rules.

Therefore, as per our rules, we notified members of a special general meeting to be held on Thursday 10th of December, at 7.00 p.m. As this will be held on Zoom, we ask that you log in using https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83590921292a. The zoom room will be open at 6.30 p.m. to allow members to register proxy votes or if in groups the names of those in the group for us to confirm your membership. Please forward any proxy votes to [email protected] anytime ahead of this SGM. Proxy voting forms can found at Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa – (otnz.co.nz)

Any queries, please email [email protected].


AGM starts at 11 a.m.!


Our AGM will be starting at 11 a.m. today! Please join early (10.30 a.m.) to allow time for your membership to be verified. You can then take time to get a snack or drink while we wait to begin. We appreciate your patience with this process. A reminder that we need to have proxy vote Read More...
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AGM is tomorrow!


Kia ora koutou AGM is tomorrow! Please see below for important reminders. When is it?: Tomorrow, Thursday 26th of November, at 11 a.m. How do I attend?: Link to join via Zoom (members only) – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81971853748 Join using the link above at 10.30 a.m. with your full name, to allow time for your membership to be confirmed. You will be Read More...
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2 days to AGM!


Kia ora koutou With 2 days to go until our AGM, please see below for important information for attending. When is it?: This Thursday, 26th of November, at 11 a.m. Please join the meeting using the link at 10.30 a.m. with your full name as your Zoom screen name, to allow time for your membership to Read More...
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OT Week 2020 Prize Winners!


We hope you all enjoyed OT Week!

Thank you to those who participated, and entered one of our competitions.

See the winners of our OT Week prizes here!



Six Core Strategies for reducing Seclusion and Restraint


Register now for the remaining 2 strategy sessions! See more below:

Six Core Strategies for Reducing Seclusion and Restraint



OTNZ-WNA Notice of 2020 AGM, Agenda, Motions and Annual Report


Notice of the 2020 AGM, Agenda, Motions, Annual Report and relevant documents are here.



Workshops are now online!


Couldn’t make it to the live events? Not to worry, the workshops are now online, and ready to view!

Register here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/.

Link to view workshops (once you have registered): otnz.co.nz/workshops

Please note, these will only be viewable to those who have registered for 2 weeks, until the 17th of November 2020.

Any queries, email [email protected].



1 more day to enter our competitions!


Submit your entries by tomorrow!
Enter one of our 2 competitions! The winner of these, and a $50 Prezzy Card for both winners, will be announced next week, as well as the winners of our daily quizzes prize draw.

Click here to see last year’s winners.

Enter our ‘Then and Now’ competition!

Enter for a chance to win a $50 Prezzy Card

Submit by the end of tomorrow!

Click here for more information on how to enter

Enter our Photo + Caption Competition!

Enter for a chance to win a $50 Prezzy Card

Submit by the end of tomorrow!

Here is the winner of last years entry

Photo + Caption Competition 2019: Winner –

Allison Scofield. “Occupational Therapy to me is about creating an opportunity for a person to be themselves. What’s meaningful to one person is not meaningful to another. This little garden gate in the middle of this overgrown garden looks like nothing to someone else, but for the person who built it, it signalled a point in his rehabilitation that he could do what he always does… build. I feel so privileged as an OT to be able to see someone attempt and achieve something that is “real life”. It’s not stacking cones or using a pin board, it’s swinging a hammer and feeling great when it lines up the head of the nail (well for me it is). Meaningful activity is a word we throw around and sounds a bit ‘old school ‘, but really it’s just doing stuff that makes us feel like ourselves again, even if it’s just for 10 minutes. OT’s are amazing in that our job enables people to do just that. That’s why this little garden gate is so amazing.”

Click here for more information on how to enter



Last Day of e-Clinical Workshops!


Last Day of Workshops!
Our last day of workshops are here! 
For those who have registered, you can access the links to join in on the workshops here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/links/
Let friends and colleagues know they can register too, at this link: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/
See info about today’s workshops below.
Join Martin Chadwick (Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Ministry of Health) on Friday October 30th 10am-11am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

 One year on: Allied Health in the Ministry, a pandemic, associated opportunities and challenges.

January 2019 saw the establishment of the Chief Allied Health Professions (CAHPO) Officer in the Ministry of Health. Establishing this role has given a focal point for Allied Health and mature Allied Health professions such as Occupational Therapy. The imposition of the global COVID pandemic in 2020 has given sharp contrast to the value of a strong health system and the role we all have to play. The progression of the pandemic in Aotearoa New Zealand has however highlighted the inequalities that exist. So, what is the role of Allied Health and Occupational Therapy?

This presentation aims to review the role of the CAHPO in our current context as well as drawing on Martin’s recent experience as the 2019/20 Harkness Fellowship in the US which focused on the concept of Transdisciplinary practice at a system level. In doing so, to look at the opportunities Allied Health can play and Occupational Therapy specifically in the ever-changing health landscape. The intention is to have participants at the end of the presentation have an improved understanding of the health landscape in Aotearoa New Zealand. As well as insights in how to frame the benefit of Occupational Therapy in meeting the needs of our population.

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

Join Marilyn Pattison (President WFOT, General Manager and Director MPOT/Access Fitness and Talking) on Friday October 30th, 11am-12noon for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

If you aren’t in over your head, how do you know how tall you are?

The World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) is the key international representative of occupational therapists and occupational therapy. The Federation believes that occupational therapy has a valuable contribution to make to occupational performance as it affects the health and well-being of all people.

This presentation will examine some of the challenges faced by occupational therapists globally in the response to COVID 19. Occupational therapists need to move beyond traditional boundaries and be leaders of progress. As occupational therapists we need to develop the capacity and power to construct our own destiny – to challenge our thinking, our constructs and our sphere of influence. Being included in the society in which we live is vital to the material, psychosocial, and political aspects of empowerment that underpin social well-being and equitable health. (WHO 2008)

Occupational therapists’ increasing involvement in community-based rehabilitation and disaster preparedness and response – most recently the COVID 19 pandemic – is based on the concept of social entrepreneurship. Working directly with communities on projects that are meaningful to each community, having influence on local and higher health and policy makers, and working with non-government organisations (NGOs) positions occupational therapists as having a unique contribution to the goals of a civil society.

Occupational therapists need to understand the vital role they play in what makes populations healthy. What business entrepreneurs are to the economy, social entrepreneurs are to social change. They are the driven, creative individuals who question the status quo, respond to new opportunities and refuse to give up – and remake the world for the better. We need to strive to take our rightful place as agents of social change and equity.

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

Join Ruth Spain (Project Manager, tangata tiriti, OTNZ-WNA) on Friday October 30th 1pm-2pm to observe this working group via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Special Interest Groups Review

The purpose of this meeting of OTNZ-WNA Special Interest Group convenors is to look at the future of the groups. During our first meeting the attendees were canvassed, and all felt that their group was under-performing with minimal involvement and discussion on the part of the members. OTNZ-WNA would like to see these groups revitalized and more effective in supporting our members.

Revitalisation of groups like these has been a theme both nationally and internationally over the last five years and in different areas of Allied Health practice with similar concerns noted about low engagement. The association council and staff would like to see the groups being meaningful, valuable and relevant to members. We’d also like to ensure they are accessible and provide opportunities for learning, sharing and professional development.

At this stage of the discussions we are looking at the number of groups and how we would decrease the number as a starting point. Reducing the number of groups has been a theme in other organisations, as well as a consensus from all convenors who participated in this study.



OT Week Quiz #6!


OT Week day 5 is here, and along with it, quiz #6!
 
How do I get involved in the quiz?:
 
Follow this link to complete the quiz: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6TRV6DD
 
If you would like to get a chance to win a $10 Prezzy card:
Screenshot/note your score, and send it to us along with your name and email, to either [email protected] or send it to us on Facebook messenger.
 
Note, the winners of each daily quiz draw will be announced next week.
 
Enjoy, and share the info with others so they can complete the quiz as well, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #OTWEEK2020


Day 3 of e-Clinical Workshops!


3rd Day of Workshops!

Our 3rd day of workshops are here! 

For those who have registered, you can access the links to join in on the workshops here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/links/

Let friends and colleagues know they can register too, at this link: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/

See info about today’s workshops below.

Join Gill Webb (Contract Occupational Therapist) on Thursday, October 29th from 10am -1040am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Cultural Invisibility and Implications for Practice

As therapists we are required to reflect upon our own cultural competency, and at times this can be an uncomfortable process. However, identifying knowledge gaps and personal bias is a realistic way to acknowledge areas with opportunities for improvement. This presentation is a self-reflection based on a case study involving a Māori man in his 20’s, who was referred by ACC following a mild traumatic brain injury as a result of a rugby tackle. Reflecting on team interactions and client outcomes, my interpretation is that a cloak of cultural invisibility was affecting progress with rehabilitation. In seeking a way to structure interactions so that our Māori clients may be more likely to engage, I encountered the Hui Process. I propose that this model is a simple and effective way to incorporate principles of cultural competency into everyday practice. By doing so, we can reduce barriers to client engagement and potentially improve the delivery of rehabilitation services, leading to better client outcomes.

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

Join Glenda Paul (Occupational Therapist, Learning Support, Ministry of Education) on Thursday October 29th at 11am-1140am for an interactive
session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Building Adult capability using Zones of Regulation Framework with teachers/teacher aides.

By far the biggest need with our tamariki, is more than just developmental delay but huge amounts of dysregulated behaviours. I am convinced that change can only really happen when the adults around the student adapt and change their perspective. We see more and more children struggling to manage their emotions and become increasingly dysregulated. Teachers, teacher aides, parents and caregivers don’t have all the tools they need as well as struggling with their own frustrations. By learning about our own responses, we are more able to help those we teach, love and care for. The Zones of Regulation is a complete social-emotional learning curriculum, created to teach children self-regulation and emotional control.

Over lockdown this became even more apparent as we had backward and forward conversations about the struggles teaching staff in a particular school were experiencing especially with the return to level 2.  In effect lockdown put the pause on having to do “face to face”. We were able to ask what is the real need and how can we help support you? Working collaboratively with my Learning Support colleague we presented a Workshop on the Zones of Regulation. This has become a more sustainable way of implementing change from the inside out.

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/



OT Week Quiz #5!


OT Week day 4 is here, and along with it, quiz #5!
 
How do I get involved in the quiz?:
 
Follow this link to complete the quiz: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6RTXSCK
 
If you would like to get a chance to win a $10 Prezzy card:
Screenshot/note your score, and send it to us along with your name and email, to either [email protected] or send it to us on Facebook messenger.
 
Note, the winners of each daily quiz draw will be announced next week.
 
Enjoy, and share the info with others so they can complete the quiz as well, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #OTWEEK2020


OT Week Quiz #4!


OT Week day 3 is here, and along with it, quiz #4!
 
How do I get involved in the quiz?:
 
Follow this link to complete the quiz: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6SCVWK7
 
If you would like to get a chance to win a $10 Prezzy card:
Screenshot/note your score, and send it to us along with your name and email, to either [email protected] or send it to us on Facebook messenger.
 
Note, the winners of each daily quiz draw will be announced next week.
 
Enjoy, and share the info with others so they can complete the quiz as well, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #OTWEEK2020


Join Lucy Charles and Arul Hamill at 10 a.m., and Lynda Mance and Lucy Lyon today at 11 a.m.!


Join Lucy Charles and Arul Hamill at 10am – 11am today for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Practice evolutions during and post COVID-19. How we meet and match children and families where they are.

We will share with you our reflections on how we are meeting and matching children and families where they are at during and post Covid-19.

We will share some of the frameworks and approaches that underpin our way of thinking. Reflecting on the worldwide influences such as the Sustainable Development goals (United Nations), World Health Organisation, International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), Hauora, CanChild F-Words for Childhood and Coaching approaches and how these underpin our practice?

This also includes The F-words Life Wheel which is an approach and a way of thinking that facilitates conversations, interactions, engagement and goal setting for children and their families to enable them to have a voice. What does this mean in practical terms to us as Occupational Therapists?

What does our practice look like now? How would we like it to look? What changes can we make in our practice? How can we form partnerships between families and therapists? How can we provide children with a voice? And how do we establish what is important to the child and family during this changing climate, given that their perspective and capacity has been changing daily? And what this evolution looks like in our practice?

The medical profession have textbooks and families have stories. How do we listen to the child and family’s story and how do we empower families on their own journey without throwing out the textbooks or our clinical reasoning?

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

Join Lynda Mance and Lucy Lyon today at 11am – 1130am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Telehealth and lessons learned during lockdown

Prior to Covid-19 occupational therapy was for the most part, a hands-on profession. During lockdown, challenges using Telehealth were realised as therapists found this approach more intense and exhausting than face to face contact.  Client feedback gathered by Paediatricians and the team on Telehealth were largely positive.

We learned that a whānau centred approach with meaningful participation can be achieved with Telehealth. Going forward, occupational therapists need opportunities to integrate Telehealth into practice, improving skills and knowledge to practice in this way. Furthermore, we need to address Pae ora – healthy futures and equity for Māori – and acknowledging Te Tiriti within a telehealth framework.

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/



Join Winnie Dunn today at 10 a.m., and Fi Graham at 11.30 a.m.!


Join Winnie Dunn (PhD OTR FAOTA, Distinguished Professor, University of Missouri) on Tuesday October 27th, 10am-11am for an interactive session via Zoom, the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

What if Mother Nature is Nudging us toward Health Equity?

Although it is human nature that makes us THINK we are in charge, it is actually MOTHER NATURE that has her way.  COVID 19 has been a wake-up call to humanity to pay attention to evidence, activate our creativity and rise to the challenge of providing effective care to everyone.  So what does this mean for OT?

FIRST, like everyone else, we get comfortable with the ways we do things, even when there is evidence to suggest a new way is warranted. We have people come to our work settings and have them do contrived activities when evidence indicates that authentic settings and activities create more impact on their lives. We give families ‘homework’ when their actual lives are already rich with therapeutic opportunities.

SECOND, health & education service systems favor some over others. Perhaps it is costs, but it can also be distance, familiarity with options or availability of other resources that can tip the balance for certain individuals and families.

COVID 19 has disrupted both our ways of providing care and with the service systems that provide the scaffolding for that care.  This disruptive period has opened space for us to think again about possibilities that have always been available, even possibly better, but that required the effort of changing.

In this session we will discuss some of the ways that the disruption of COVID 19 has moved us toward health equity.  We will discuss how telehealth makes services available to everyone as an effective health delivery approach.  We will also discuss how our ways of knowing those we serve has expanded our ways of supporting them.  We will use sensory processing as one example of our knowledge and practices expanding to meet people where they are and want to be.

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

Join Dr Fi Graham (Senior Lecturer, University of Otago), Pauline Boland, and Jasjot Maggo on Tuesday 27th October from 1130am-1230pm 11am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Telehealth delivery of wheelchair and seating assessment (T’WAS) has been proposed for over 20 years, yet limited research evidence on the effect or process for T’WAS assessment (Graham, Boland, Grainger, & Wallace, 2019).A recent stakeholder consultation on New Zealander’s views on T’WAS for those with complex needs identified that such a service was positively anticipated by wheelchair users, health professionals and service managers (Graham et al., 2018). While culturally distinct perceptions were observed for Māori, findings did not support assumptions about the impact of T’WAS on relationships and quality of care. Robust training of health professionals was raised across stakeholder groups as a key consideration in the success of the service.

This workshop invites delegates to participate in a ‘sandpit’ session to explore the form that a T’WAS service might take, in light of this stakeholder consultation particularly in relation to training requirements, the experience of the wheelchair user, and culturally competent delivery of care.

Learning Outcomes

At the completion of this workshop participants will have:

  • Explored the potential future of telehealth delivery of wheelchair and seating assessment
  • Engaged in professional discussion of the delivery of key features of wheelchair and seating assessment through telehealth delivery.
  • Examined the cultural implication of tele-delivery of a T’WAS service
  • Identified opportunities for considering tele-delivery of care in their own service environment.
  • Teaching/Learning Methods
  • Direct (didactic) teaching of evidence-to-date on telehealth wheelchair and seating assessment internationally and within Aotearoa.
  • Small group discussion
  • Case-based discussion

Access the Zoom links for this workshop, along with more information here: otnz.co.nz/links

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

 



OT Week Quiz #2 + #3!


World OT Day is here, and with it, double the quizzes! Enter quiz 2 + 3 of OT Week!
Complete it and enjoy, or go even further and go in the draw to win a $10 Prezzy Card! See more below.
How do I get involved in the quiz?:
Follow this link to complete quiz 2: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6CHRGRV
Follow this link to complete quiz 3: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6W8KNQJ
If you would like to get a chance to win a $10 Prezzy card:
Screenshot/note your score, and send it to us along with your name and email, to either [email protected] or send it to us on Facebook messenger.
Note, the winners of each daily quiz draw will be announced next week.
Enjoy, and share the info with others so they can complete the quiz as well!: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/resources/
Go to otnz.co.nz to see more, and don’t forget to use the hashtag #OTWEEK2020


OT Week is here, and Quiz #1!


Kia ora!
We are excited to announce that the first OT Week quiz is here!
Complete it and enjoy, or go even further and go in the draw to win a $10 Prezzy Card! See more below.
How do I get involved in the quiz?:
Follow this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/93LR968, and complete each question!
If you would like to get a chance to win a $10 Prezzy card:
Screenshot/note your score, and send it to us along with your name and email, to either [email protected] or send it to us on Facebook messenger.
Note, the winners of each daily quiz draw will be announced next week.
Enjoy, and share the info with others so they can complete the quiz as well!: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/resources/


Workshops start tomorrow!


If you have registered for our workshops and did not yet receive the follow up email with a password to our workshop links please email us at [email protected] It would also pay to check your spam folder in case it has landed there.
 
If you have not yet registered, you can do so here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/


1 week out – Get to know our presenters for next Friday!


Join Martin Chadwick (Chief Allied Health Professions Officer, Ministry of Health) on Friday October 30th 10am-10.40am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020: Martin Chadwick, D.H.Sc., M.H.S. is the Chief Allied Health Professions Officer at New Zealand’s Ministry of Health. Chadwick works closely with the chief medical officer and chief Read More...
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One week out – Get to know our Thursday presenters!


Join Gill Webb (Contract Occupational Therapist) on Thursday, October 29th from 10am -10.40am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.
“I grew up near London and emigrated to Auckland, New Zealand in 1995, graduating as an OT and moving to Northland in 2003. Working in a rest home and as a Community OT provided a great introduction to bi-cultural practice. More recently, I have worked with ACC’s adult population which has further extended my understanding of Te Āo Māori.

I am currently studying the PG Certificate in Rehabilitation, which is challenging my pākeha world view and developing more personalised practice, reflecting the large proportion of Māori clients where I live and work. ”

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

Join Glenda Paul (Occupational Therapist, Learning Support, Ministry of Education) on Thursday October 29th at 11am-1140am for an interactive
session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.
Glenda has been practicing as an Occupational Therapist with the Ministry of Education for over 20 years. A hard working, articulate and well organised individual who is flexible and able to adapt to challenges when they arise while remaining aware of professional roles and boundaries. Having experience in managing multiple caseloads, prioritising needs and completing required administrative tasks.

Possessing a proven ability to work collaboratively within a multi-disciplinary team. Passionate about enabling others to learn skills to self-manage, gain self-awareness and implement strategies to be successful and engaged in everyday life.

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/


One week out – Get to know our Wednesday presenters!


Join Lucy Charles and Arul Hamil (Paediatric Occupational Therapists, PaediatricOT) on Wednesday October 28th at 10am – 11am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.
Lucy and Arul are both Occupational Therapists with over 25 years-experience working with infants and children in a number of different health, educational and private settings. They run a private practice in Auckland Paediatric OT with a small team of Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists. They also do work in the Pacific Islands and run multidisciplinary assessments nationally. They support families that come from the Pacific for medical services at Starship and Kidz First. Arul and Lucy are passionate about hearing the child and families voice, journeying alongside families and focussing on occupation centred outcomes that build on individual’s strengths and enable participation in their lived environment. A key component is meeting and matching families where they are at and respecting their values, culture and life capacity at any given time. They work with many families from all walks of life with a range of developmental needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder Neurological conditions including Cerebral Palsy, Chromosomal anomalies and much more.
They have been integrating the Hauora into their practice which is a Māori view of health unique to New Zealand, and covers the physical, mental, social and spiritual needs that everyone has. Māori believe that each of these 4 concepts supports the others. This aligns with the World Health Organisation’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health and the F words developed by the team at Can Child. Lucy and Arul developed the F-Words Life Wheel in collaboration with Kelly Reynolds Physiotherapist from Kidsplus Australia and CanChild Canada over the past 2 years and have been putting this into practice with ongoing reflections and updates which is now completed. The F words is a biopsychosocial approach which brings together the work done by Rosenbaum and Gorter and CanChild’s F-words research group. This together with coaching frameworks, tools and techniques enabled Lucy and Arul to develop the F-Words Life Wheel. They have taught the “F-Words Life Wheel”, Knowledge Translation and Clinical Reasoning workshops for Paediatric Therapists in New Zealand. They have also been teaching Occupational Performance Coaching courses in NZ and internationally.
Join Lynda Mance and Lucy Lyon (Senior Allied Health Practitioner Occupational Therapist) on Wednesday October 28th at 11am – 1130am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.
“I am a community paediatric occupational therapist in the Waitemata Community Child Health team, of Pakeha descent, originally from South Africa. I am now a Kiwi, having lived in Aotearoa since 1995. I work in a multidisciplinary team within Waitemata DHB, with families and children aged 2 to 16 to provide equipment and housing modification solutions, and with children aged 2 to 5 who have developmental challenges. I have a strong interest in Telehealth and equitable health service delivery to Maori and ensuring our service engages effectively with Maori. I convene the eHealth /Telehealth SIG.”


One week out – Get to know our Tuesday presenters!


Join Winnie Dunn (PhD OTR FAOTA, Distinguished Professor, University of Missouri) on Tuesday October 27th, 10am-11am for an interactive session via Zoom, the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Dr. Dunn is Distinguished Professor of Occupational Therapy at University of Missouri and a Certified Positive Psychology Coach. She is an expert for her work about sensory processing in everyday life, with hundreds of publications and presentations. Dr. Dunn’s most recent work demonstrate the effectiveness of coaching and telehealth.

She has published about the effectiveness and fidelity of coaching as an evidence-based practice. She received top honours in her field, including the Academy of Research. She has also received awards for engaging teaching, including the Chancellor’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Kemper Teaching Fellowship and the Chancellor’s Distinguished Professorship.

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/

Join Dr Fi Graham (Senior Lecturer, University of Otago) on Tuesday 27th October from 1130am-1230pm 11am for an interactive session via Zoom, at the OTNZ-WNA e-Clinical workshops 2020.

Dr Fiona Graham is a senior lecturer in interprofessional postgraduate rehabilitation with Te Whare Whakamātūtū (RTRU), University of Otago (Wellington), providing postgraduate coursework, masters and PhD education.

Evidence-based practice, interprofessional teamwork and participation-focused outcomes are core components of Dr Graham’s work. Her research activities centre on the use of coaching in rehabilitation settings, children with disabilities and their families and translation of research knowledge into practice.

See the abstract for this workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/



Registrations open for e-Clinical Workshops!


Register now! Click here to secure your place, or copy and paste/follow this link: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/e-clinicalworkshops/



Abstracts now live!


Curious about what you can learn at our workshops?

Our abstracts are now live – Read more about each workshop here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/download/1000902/e-clinical-workshops-2020/5039902/abstracts.pdf

 



Get-together for Palmerston North OT’s!


Morning Breakfast/Coffee for OT week 

Cafe Zest

45 Ruahine Street, Palmerston North

Thursday, 29th October, 7.30am onwards

  • Parking is available in Carramar Motor Inn
  • Breakfast is able to be preordered if you telephone the cafe on 022 436 3576
  • Please contact Claire on [email protected] for any further details

*free advertisement on behalf of an OTNZ-WNA member for OT Week 2020*



2 weeks until OT Week, and our e-Clinical Workshops!


Tēnā koutou katoa,
Only 2 weeks until OT Week, and our e-Clinical Workshops! Make sure to keep an eye on our event page for updates here, and updates on our website here.
Email us for any updates at [email protected].


AGM Reminder


A reminder that the AGM is to be held on Thursday 26th November 2020.

See more information here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/71st-otnz-wna-agm-update/



OT Week and e-Clinical Workshops


OT Week and e-Clinical Workshops
We are getting closer to OT week, and our e-clinical workshops!
Only 1 month to go before the fun begins.
Here are a few reminders:
  • Our e-clinical workshops will run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. from Tuesday 27th of October (World OT Day) through to Friday 30th of October/Rātū 27 ō Whiringa-ā-nuku – Rāmere 30 ō Whiringa-ā-nuku.
  • We will be hosting quizzes daily for OT Week, including on Monday 26th (Rāhine 26) (Labour Day).
  • We are running several competitions (see more info on our website)
  • We have a webpage dedicated to these where you can keep updated (https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/)


Pens orders – We are now out of stock


Thank you to everyone who ordered pens, and we hope everyone is excited for OT week and our e-Clinical workshops!

Though the pens have all been snapped up, we still have many resources free to use on our website here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/



OT Week and e-Clinical Workshops webpage *Pen orders now open!*


Kia ora everyone! Great news – Our OT Week and e-Clinical Workshops webpage is now live, and we have pens ready for you to order (order by 11th October ’20) through our website at otnz.co.nz/otweek2020/



OTNZ-WNA 71st AGM Update


Annual General Meeting

We wish to advise that the 2020 AGM (originally scheduled for 28 September 2020), has been delayed until Thursday 26 November 2020.

In the wake of recent council resignations, this gives enough time for nomination from members’ tangata tiriti to be submitted to the executive director to fill the positons of president tangata tiriti, WFOT delegate tangata tiriti and up to two positons of councillor at large tangata tiriti. Nominations for all these positions need to be with the Executive Director by Friday 16 October 2020.

In the lead up to the AGM Gilbert Azuela temporarily assumes the role of president tangata tiriti.

Notice of motions

Should you wish to submit a notice of motion for the AGM these need to be with the executive director by COB 12 October 2020.

Information regarding notices of motion is covered by rule 10.3. and can be found at this link: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otnz-wna/otnz-wna-documents/.

To access notice of motions forms, follow/copy and paste this link: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otnz-wna/otnz-wna-council/annual-general-meeting/



Survey from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK


See survey from Glasgow Caledonian University, UK. The survey is live from 1st September and can be accessed via the following link: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/goalsettingaphasia/ See information as below: Has formal ethical approval previously been sought for this project? Yes/ No Has formal ethical approval previously been given for this project? Yes/ No School of Health and Life Sciences Ethics Committee, Glasgow Read More...
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OTNZ-WNA 71st AGM


The 71st Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Occupational Therapy New Zealand/Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa will be held on Thursday 26th September 2020 via zoom, from 11a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

*IMPORTANT – update was made as at Monday 14th September to the date – It has now been changed from Monday 28th September 2020 to Thursday 26th November 2020 – Please see updates here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/71st-otnz-wna-agm-update/

All are welcome to attend. Agenda and supporting items of business will be published at least 14 days prior to the date of the AGM.

To join at the meeting time, follow/copy and paste this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81971853748



Most recent GETS Update


New Zealand Government Electronic Tenders Service (NZ GETS)

To see the most recent GETS updates, download the most recent document here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/download/1000838/extras/5039327/gets-report-14-08-20.docx

Or you can view our website to see more here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/resources/new-zealand-government-electronic-tenders-service-nz-gets/.

 



Interested in becoming a HIP?


Kia ora koutou practitioners – Interested in working as a Health Improvement Practitioner (HIP)?
It has come to our notice that a lot of the new HIPs roles are being advertised under the “Psychology, Counselling & Social Work” banner on SEEK. Please do not be put off by this as occupational therapists with interest in talking therapies will be welcome in these roles. In fact the Ministry of Health are concerned about the lack of applications. So go ahead and ask…search for “health improvement practitioners” roles!
Go to https://www.seek.co.nz/health-improvement-jobs to view the current roles available on SEEK and on our website here: https://www.otnz.co.nz/vacancies/5039253/.


New membership year is well underway!


Kia ora everyone!
 
We are now well in to our 2020-2021 membership year, and we look forward to another year of exciting events. While these will look different to previous years, we hope you are all excited as well.
 
Look out for updates coming soon, and please contact us with any questions.


Call for Presentations


26-30 October 2020 each morning from 10 am – 12 midday  

Title: Ngā akoranga mai i Kōwheori-19, me te mana taurite hauora/COVID-19 Lessons learnt and health equity

 

Kia ora Koutou

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, your association decided to cancel this year’s clinical workshops  kanohi ki te kanohi meeting. Instead, we want to offer our members and non-member practitioners the opportunity to engage via video conferencing technology. We are planning a series of 2 hour webinars  during OT week and the week following depending on the response from you.

We warmly invite expressions of interest to submit an outline of your presentation to [email protected]. A small programme committee is being formed to consider offerings and secure a programme.

What are we looking for?

Presentations that provide initial content to provoke thought and reflection, provide learnings that can be translated into practical skills, allows discussion with the presenter, and other attendees via a moderator.

Online presentations do not have to be formal and we encourage creativity and illustrative story telling.

Bicultural Focus:

In embracing the spirit of Te Tiriti, and our treaty relationship governance model we would welcome a true partnership approach, working together as joint presenters or each individual presentation considering both tangata whenua and tangata tiriti world views. (In achieving this both presenters  do not have to be occupational therapists)

Deadline for presentation submissions – 28 August 2020

Click below to download/view the presentation application form:

 



One week left to join/renew before our 2020-2021 membership year starts!


One week left to join/renew before our 2020-2021 membership year starts!
 
“Where do I go to join/renew?” You can go to https://www.otnz.co.nz/join-now/
“I need help!” Not to worry, you can e-mail any questions through to us at [email protected] and we will get back to you as soon as possible.


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/