Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

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/