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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.