Special Interest Groups

As a benefit of being part of our association, you can also elect to belong to one or several special interest groups (as listed below). To access these you need to be a current member, and you can select your SIG preferences in your account details (go to my membership details -> edit my profile, and scroll down to select). Please note, our SIG’s are currently run using Google Groups.

To learn more about our SIG’s, or click on our documents below (or for more specific information, contact us at [email protected]):

Accessing OTNZ-WNA special interest groups:

  • As stated above, to access these you need to be a current member, and you can select your SIG preferences in your account details (go to my membership details -> edit my profile, and scroll down to select)
  • Click on the title of the groups to access a link that will take you straight to the group forum (it will come up with a message indicating you do not have access – you will then need to log in as it is run on a different platform)

Alternatively –

  • You can copy and paste the e-mail – this e-mail will post directly to the group, so please be responsible with what you are sending.
  • You will receive an error e-mail/message if you are not a member, or are not a part of the group.
  • If you are not a member, join today by clicking here and take advantage of SIG’s and many other benefits.
  • For members – e-mail us (as above) if you have any queries about joining SIG’s)

Current OTNZ-WNA special interest groups:

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.