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Special Interest Groups

Our members elect to belong to one or several special interest groups.

Current OTNZ-WNA special interest groups:

  • Acute Care
  • Adults with Intellectual Disability
  • Children and Young People’s Occupational Therapy
  • Driving & Passenger Rehabilitation
  • eHealth/Telehealth
  • Hand Therapy
  • Health of Older People
  • Independent Practitioners
  • Leaders and Managers
  • Mental Health
  • Child and Youth Mental Health
  • Neurology
  • Occupational Health and Safety and Vocational Rehabilitation
  • Oncology & Palliative Care
  • Pain Management
  • Physical Community
  • Primary Health Care
  • Rheumatology
  • Supervision
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Tangata Whenua
  • Wheelchairs and Seating
  • World Federation of Occupational Therapy

May 2018 – Two new Special Interest Groups were ratified by council

Child and Youth Mental Health and Tangata Whenua Special Interest Group

Child and Youth Mental Health 

Members who are working with or who have an interest in Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMH) are invited to join a new special interest group.  Please contact the office and request an invitation to join. Once you have responded to the request you can post to and receive all communication via the group.

Jennifer Montgomery is the convenor of this SIG.

The aim of the CYMH SIG is to:

  • provide a network throughout New Zealand of occupational therapists with a special interest in Child and Youth Mental Health and occupational therapy practice
  • facilitate the sharing and distribution of ideas and resources within the group
  • be an identifiable resource for OTNZ-WNA council and executive director for issues pertaining to Child and Youth Mental Health
  • abide by the Rules and Regulations of OTNZ-WNA
  • have Aims and Objectives consistent with OTNZ-WNA
  • have a convenor who is ratified by OTNZ-WNA council
  • promote occupational therapy within the field of Child and Youth Mental Health
  • facilitate active involvement of the group members in relevant educational activities and opportunities
  • foster the development of this specialist area of occupational therapy practice.
  • provide the opportunity to facilitate consistency on policies procedures and issues nationally.

Tangata Whenua special interest group

This is a special interest group for tangata whenua Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau members working to advance the interests of Māori in fostering capacity and capability,  membership to OTNZ-WNA and ultimately to ensure sustainability of the association’s treaty relationship model.

Given the impetus relating to the annual hui and Tangata Whenua Supervisor Group, a platform to keep the dialogue going between meetings is advocated as the group starts its work to refresh Te Umanga Whakaora, build on its membership numbers and advance capacity and capability of tangata whenua.

The Tangata Whenua Special Interest Group convenor is Georgina Davis.

The Tangata Whenua Special Interest Group will endeavour to:

  • provide a network throughout New Zealand of Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau with a special interest in matters tangata whenua and occupational therapy practice
  • facilitate the sharing and distribution of ideas and resources within the group
  • be an identifiable resource for OTNZ-WNA council and the executive director for issues pertaining to Māori development
  • abide by the Rules and Regulations of OTNZ-WNA
  • have Aims and Objectives consistent with OTNZ-WNA
  • have a convenor who is ratified by OTNZ-WNA council
  • promote whakaora ngangahau
  • facilitate active involvement of the group members in relevant activities and opportunities
  • foster the development of this specialist area of whakaora ngangahau practice
  • provide the opportunity to facilitate consistency on policies procedures and issues nationally.