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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/



Reminder to Attend the Te Tiriti Based Futures and Anti-Racism Online Conferences


2020 Te Tiriti Based Futures and Anti-Racism Online Conference

A reminder to attend the upcoming Te Tiriti Based Futures and Anti Racism Online Conference (running from the 21st to 30th of March.

Find more information on their website: https://www.stirnz.org/tetiritibasedfutures).



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/