Current News

OT Week 2019 (21-25 October)

OT Week is almost here! It will be running from the 21st to the 25th of October, with World OT Day rounding off the week on the 27th!

We are holding 2 competitions which will close on the 27th, and will also be distributing badges for you to take the lead show your OT pride this OT Week – Get your orders in quick as we have a limited number!

For more information, visit our OT Week Toolkit by following this link:

Attending the AGM 2019 via Zoom

Attending the AGM via Zoom – Register by e-mailing your interest at [email protected] before 10.30 a.m. tomorrow (Tuesday 24 Sept.), or join before 10.50 a.m. using the link below. The AGM will begin at 11 a.m. tomorrow the 24th of September, and is anticipated to run until 12 p.m., however we ask that you join Read More...
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Conference 2019

Our conference is now less than a month away, and for those with busy schedules, we are happy to announce that there are 1-day passes available. Register now at– We look forward to seeing you there!

National Response to MoCA Test Certification

“In June, the Canadian MoCA Clinic and Institute announced that all users of the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) test will be required to complete a training and certification program every two years at their own cost from 1 September 2020. Access to the online test resources will also be restricted to people who have completed the training. NZ is considering a national response to the issues this raises.” See the attached document below to learn more.

National response to MoCA test certification

Conference: Early Bird Rate Ending 11 August 2019

Reminder: The early bird rate to attend the 2019 Conference ends on the 11 August 2019

We appreciate that some OT’s may be waiting for funding from their respective DHB’s to attend, and would like to let them know that they can book now and pay up to two weeks from the conference which is from the 23-25 September 2019 at the Waipuna hotel in Auckland. In this way they can secure the early bird rate.

To register, and to find out more about accommodation and the agenda for the conference, head to:

We look forward to welcoming you to the unique experience that an OTNZ-WNA conference offers!

Updates/Reminders July 2019


Here are some exciting updates/reminders we would like to share:


Book now and pay later and secure the early bird rate for the OTNZ-WNA Conference and Tangata Whenua Hui

– To secure your early bird rate, and dinner ticket for the conference simply book at and place a $100 deposit with the balance to pay by 6 September 2019. (Early Bird ends 11 August 2019).
– To find more information about the tangata whenua hui, click here, or click here to register.


OTNZ-WNA membership

Renewal for 2019/20 expires 31 July 2019. Your ongoing support is vital to help us with the work we are doing to raise the profession’s profile and secure your future. Click here to renew now. E-mail us at [email protected] for enquiries.

Need insurance?

Click here for more information. Please note, the new indemnity insurance period began 1 July 2019.

“Free June edition of OT Insight. One of the many benefits in belonging to your professional association”

We warmly invite non-member practitioners to consider joining your professional association and to support the work we are doing to raise the professions profile. Click here to access just one of the many benefits  – a free version of the June edition of OT Insight.
For a full list of benefits click here.
We also encourage members to inform non- members and to extend an invitation to access this offer.  Furthermore, we take this opportunity to thank you for engaging with and being responsible for your profession through your membership support.

Membership renewal

Time flies! Don’t forget to renew your membership. Early Bird closes 30 June


Conference 2019 Super Early Bird ends 30 June 2019 – Book now!

Exciting News!: Congratulations to Gilbert Azuela

Exciting News!
We are proud to extend our congratulations to Gilbert Azuela, OTNZ-WNA council member tangata tiriti, who has landed a role with Te Pou as ‘Project Lead – Practice’.
This is a national role that will see Gilbert lead the successful delivery of a range of projects within the mental health and addiction Practice. The portfolio includes least restrictive practice initiatives, six core strategies in reducing seclusion and restraint, sensory modulation and the talking therapies.
Gilbert starts with Te Pou on 12th June which will allow him time to prepare for his PhD oral examination the following week – which will be another exciting milestone for our council member.

Exciting News!: Dr. Hinemoa Elder, one of our awesome 2019 Conference Keynote speakers, to receive MNZM (NZ Order of Merit)

Dr. Hinemoa Elder, one of our awesome 2019 Conference Keynote speakers,

to receive MNZM (NZ Order of Merit)


We would like to share in congratulating Dr. Hinemoa Elder, who among her many accolades is now a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit. Specialising in youth forensic psychiatry, neuropsychiatric assessment and treatment for Māori with traumatic brain injuries, Dr. Elder has also been involved in the development of mental health services, and has been the Māori strategic adviser for Brain Research New Zealand since 2016. She is a strong advocate for the use of Te Reo Māori across all fields, and we are very honoured that she will be one of the keynote speakers at our OTNZ-WNA 2019 Conference this September. Congratulations again on this recognition of your services.

He korero whakamihi tēnei ki a koe e Tākuta Hinemoa Elder mo tō whiwhingā o Te Tohu Tā, he korero whakamihi hoki tēnei ki a koe mo ō mahi.

(Congratulations Dr. Hinemoa Elder on your MNZM, and many thanks to you for your work).



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Weekend Reading: May 2019 OTInsight Available!

Looking for something great to read this weekend?

Our May OTInsight is now available (free access for members). Click here to read it online.

(If you are not yet a member, join now to receive free access to all editions of the OTInsight  – get started by clicking here.)

(For current members: Please ensure you physical and e-mail addresses are up-to-date, as well as your OTInsight preferences, to ensure you receive a copy.)


Early bird membership for 2019-2020 has begun

OTNZ-WNA membership subscriptions are essential to enable your association to lobby and raise the profile of the profession, offer super competitive insurance, provide an annual PD event, connect you to communities of common interest, produce both scientific and social publications and keep you informed and up-to-date.

We’re pleased to announce that the early bird membership renewal stage has now started and that there are no price increases this year. To renew your membership, click here (you will need to log in first). If you would like to join OTNZ-WNA for the first time or rejoin after a break, you can still take advantage of the early bird pricing by clicking here.

We look forward to your support so that we can achieve even more in these opportune, challenging and exciting times for Occupational Therapists.

Ngā Mihi

Peter Anderson
Executive Director – OTNZ-WNA

Exciting Learning Opportunity: Watch the PERFORM Pilot Online Seminar (HASANZ with PhysioScholar)

PERFORM – Pilot Seminar (HASANZ, with PhysioScholar – Online Seminar)
We have an exciting opportunity for OT’s who missed out to watch the pilot PERFORM online seminar (held on the 18th of March 2019) through the link provided below by HASANZ, to watch and bring themselves up to speed in their own time.
To watch, go to this link:
For all non-PhysioScholar attendees, use the following log-in details:
Username: HASANZ-webinar
Password: G%9b%77BKu

Dr Mary Butler Promoted to Professor at Otago Polytechnic

Wonderful news

We are delighted to learn that Dr Mary Butler from Otago Polytechnic has been promoted to the role of Professor.
Our heartfelt congratulations Mary, we are all very proud of you.

Dr Mary Butler

Choosing Wisely Forum 10 May 2019

We are pleased to share that our president tangata tiriti Harsh Vardhan will be leading the allied health and pharmacy group to this forum.

The association supports choosing wisely and encourages member participation. To learn more see draft agenda.

Click here to attend.

Vacancy Assistant Manager – Business development

We have a unique opportunity for an Occupational Therapist – Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau to join our team at Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA).

The role initially will be for a fixed term role of 9 months, with hours of work being 15 – 20 hours.

For more information click here

Abstract Submissions for the 2019 Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau Conference is now open

The Permanent Scientific Programme Committee warmly invite you to submit an abstract for the 22- 25 September 2019 Conference at the Waipuna Conference Centre Auckland
The overarching vision for the 2019 Conference is Tu mai e nga rangatira, tu mai hei mataariki, tu tei tirohanga mo te ao / Leaders: Stand, be seen & shine.

The following Conference themes have been developed to showcase this vision and we welcome abstracts to reflect:
Leading others / Te ārahi i te tangata kē
Leading practice / Te ārahi i ngā mahi tiaki
Leading research / Te ārahi rangahau
Leading innovation / Te ārahi auahatanga
Occupational therapists as leaders / Ngā kaiwhakaora ngangahau hei kaihautū
Leading in partnership / Te ārahi i roto i te mahi kōtui
Pathways to the present / Ngā ara o mua iho ki nāianei
Leaders leading leaders / Te kaihautū hei ārahi i te kaihautū
Leadership and equity / Te hautū me te ōritetanga

Education / Te Mātauranga
Children & families / Ngā tamariki & ngā whānau
Adults / Ngā Pakeke
Mental health / Te hauora hinengaro
Physical health / Te hauora tinana
Kaupapa Māori / Ngā Kaupapa Māori
Indigenous services / Ngā ratonga iwi taketake
Older adults / Ngā pakeke kaumātua ake
Community / Te Hapori
Consumer engagement / Te tūhono ki te kiritaki
Health and societal systems / Ngā pūnaha hauora, pāpori hoki
Occupational therapy profession / Te tira ngaio o ngā kaiwhakaora ngangahau
Aoteaora New Zealand society / Te pāpori o Aotearoa New Zealand
The Association’s Te Tiriti relationship model of weaving tangata whenua and tangata tiriti in true partnership under which Te Tiriti o Waitangi was intended. We therefore, invite abstracts that incorporate leadership from a tangata whenua perspective revealing the authentic aspects of being leaders/rangatira.

Abstracts close on 5 April 2019. For full information on submission types, tips and abstract templates and how to apply for funding to attend the 2019 Conference follow this link –

To submit an abstract go to


Congratulations Dr Mary Silcock on being invited to the WHO Rehab Competency Framework working group

As part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Rehabilitation 2030 initiative and a global ‘Call for Action’, to support low- and middle-income countries develop effective, sustainable approaches to strengthening their rehabilitation workforce, the World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) were approached to join a working committee to develop a comprehensive rehabilitation competency framework.  The working committee is made up of delegates from international associations representing occupational therapy, physiotherapy, rehabilitative medicine, logopedics and phoniatrics (communication, hearing and swallowing/eating), nursing, and prosthetics/orthotics. 


With support from OTNZ-WNA and OTBNZ Dr Mary Silcock applied to be considered as the WFOT delegate and we are delighted to advise that Mary has recently received an invitation to be part of the working group.  Work will commence early 2019 and Mary will keep us updated on its progress.

Congratulations to Georgina Davis president tangata whenua for winning the Kete Aronui Award

Congratulations to Georgina Davis president tangata whenua who won the Kete Aronui Award at the recent Nga Pou Mana Huia a Tau.

“The Ngā Pou Mana Postgraduate award winner was Georgina. Her passion for her work as an Occupational Therapist is why she is hoping to learn more in her field. Georgina’s perspective on health, that it is health holistic; that there are many components to a person’s health and spirituality is just as important as any other area. Georgina feels that for her to best support Māori, there has to be a merging of the western world and Te Āo Māori in practice”  

Innovative Clinical Reasoning in an Evidence Based World – free seminar

Otago Polytechnic are excited to have Dr Angela Benfield at the school for one  week in January.

You are invited to join a workshop on Innovative Clinical Reasoning in an Evidence Based World

For full details follow this link


Media coverage of Hazel Skilton Founder’s award winner Jane Wilson

We are delighted to share the following  press coverage of Jane Wilson our Hazel Skilton Founder’s award winner.

Invitation to participate in a Steering Group led by the World Health Organisation

Message from Tracey Partridge WFOT Delegate


Please read the following important message sent by Marilyn Pattison, President of  WFOT which invites those interested in participating in a Steering Group about a Competency Rehabilitation Framework led by the World Health Organisation to send their CV to the WFOT.

Dear Colleagues,


WHO has informed us that the work towards the development of the WHO Rehabilitation Competency Framework is progressing well. Thanks to an enthusiastic response to the ‘Call for Frameworks’, which was complemented through database and internet searches, WHO now have a wide variety of frameworks from which information is being extracted. At the next stage, decisions regarding the structure and content of the framework will need to be made and it is critical that key rehabilitation workforce stakeholders are engaged. To ensure that this occurs through a systematic and robust process, WHO is establishing a dedicated Steering Group who will:


  • provide expert opinion on the competency framework structure, language, scope and content to ensure that it achieves its intended aims;
  • help coordinate the dissemination of drafts for peer review by relevant organizations; and
  • support the translation of feedback into concrete and meaningful recommendations.


Further details of the Steering Group’s role and mandate can be found in the attached ToR Steering Group Rehabilitation Competency Framework document. We would be most grateful if you could nominate members to participate in the group. Nominated members should be familiar with competency frameworks (or competency models/standards) and their applications and ideally have been engaged in competency-based approaches in a professional capacity. Please note that while we are asked to put forward several nominees, it is likely that only one nominee from WFOT will be invited to participate in the group.


Respecting that members’ time is valuable, the need for travel will be limited and online platforms including email and Web-Ex will be used to communicate (although one face-to-face meeting will be held in Geneva, Switzerland mid-2019 in conjunction with the next Rehabilitation 2030 meeting). Given ‘face time’ will be limited, it is particularly important that members are engaged with the process and are able to dedicate time to reviewing materials and participating in discussions.


WHO would like to convene the Steering Group for its first online meeting in early December, we would therefore request that the CVs of nominated candidates are sent to [email protected] by 15 November 2018.


Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. I look forward to receiving your nominations.


Kind regards,



Marilyn Pattison, Dip.COT(UK), B.App.Sc(OT), MBA, WFOT
World Federation of Occupational Therapists
[email protected]


Congratulations to Professor Valerie Wright St. Clair

On behalf of the council and staff of the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa and all its members, we send warm congratulations to Valerie Wright St. Clair who was recently promoted to the position of full professor. Valerie has worked hard for the profession, and we are so very proud of her wonderful, and well deserved achievement. Valerie we wish you every success and fulfilment in your new role.

Taking Occupational Therapy Whakaora Ngangahau to another level with stroke patients

Tēnā koe Lynn Faulkner for sending us the 7Sharp video clip of ‘Fur mum Occupational Therapist Kerry McKiernan and Olle who are taking Occupational Therapy to another level with stroke patients’ at Hutt Hospital. “He aha tīma”

World OT Day message from Tracey Partridge

Kia ora koutou,

I hope you have all had a great week celebrating our “doing profession” for OT Week and that you have incorporated the World Occupational Therapy Day theme “Celebrating our Global Community” into your week – both great themes which recognise our work.

My main message is to remind you of the WFOT Virtual Exchange online interactive event tomorrow.

The #WFOTVX will be a series of one hour webinars hosted in different time zones throughout 2018 and 2019. They will also be available to download as a podcast.

Schedule (more dates and links will be added)

Date: 27th October

Title: Launch of World Occupational Therapy Day 2018

Overview: Join Marilyn Pattison, WFOT President on the 27 October for a dedicated online session to launch World Occupational Therapy Day 2018. Learn more about the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) and its role in promoting and representing the professional globally. This is interactive webinar that will be hosted live from Kazakhstan (ALMT) at 17.00hrs

For local time visit   Location 1) Select your city Location 2) Select “Astana”

Access the event via this link:

I hope you enjoy it!
Ngā mihi

Tracey Partridge| WFOT Delegate

Occupational Therapy New Zealand | Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

Doing therapy – published article

It has been a busy week being OT week. Harsh Vardhan president tangata tiriti was interviewed by a journalist from who was very interested to hear about what makes us unique, especially in terms of ‘doing’ therapy. The published interview can be found at:


Media release – Occupational Therapy Week / Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau

Occupational Therapy Week / Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau

22-26 October 2018

Every year in October, New Zealand Occupational Therapists celebrate Occupational Therapy Week and World Occupational Therapy Day.

We are proud to announce that Te Wiki o Te Whakaora Ngangahau 2018 (Occupational Therapy Week 2018) is Whakaora Ngangahau “Te Umanga Mahi” / Occupational Therapy “the doing profession”

To help celebrate Occupational Therapy Week, 22-26th October 2018, and World Occupational Therapy day on 27th October 2018, a toolkit and resources has been developed by Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa (OTNZ-WNA), to equip our Occupational Therapists from around the country to reach out to colleagues, communities, and the general public to help showcase some of the wonderful work they do.

On a daily basis, occupational therapists assist people to improve their well-being and quality of life. They treat injured, ill or disabled patients through the therapeutic use of everyday activities and help these patients develop, recover and improve the skills needed for daily living and working. Most people are unaware just how diverse occupational therapists are.

OTNZ-WNA: OTNZ-WNA is the professional association for occupational therapists in New Zealand.


For more information visit or contact Peter Anderson – Executive Director: [email protected] nz  phone 04 473 6510