Keynote speaker Professor Linda Robertson: OTNZ-WNA Conference 2017
Professor Linda Robertson: Frances Rutherford Lecture Award winner 2016
Being published: A professional life in 160,000 words
Linda Robertson is an Associate Professor at Otago Polytechnic and research coordinator in the occupational therapy school. She teaches on the postgraduate programme, facilitating courses and supervising postgraduate students at Honours and Masters level.
In 1995, she completed a PhD at Victoria University on the topic of novice expert differences in clinical reasoning. Her areas of interest/research include clinical reasoning, older people’s health and well-being, migrant well-being, and client education. A recent achievement is her book, Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy: Controversies in Practice. This was a long-time ambition, as writing had become a habit over her academic career.
Her presentation will trace the history of publishing in occupational therapy since she began writing for academia in 1987. It will look into the development of journals’ expectations and the impact of funding models on the life of an academic writer, including the challenges and rewards of being published. Linda believes that writing however, provides an array of possibilities for publication such as research findings, theoretical pondering and stories from practice; and is not just for the enthusiastic academic, but also for the clinician with stimulating practice ideas.
The Frances Rutherford Lecture Award panel stated that Linda has made a clear contribution to education and research nationally and internationally. She has supported student research and has made a long-standing contribution to Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa. Linda has been an outstanding role model, providing professional development opportunities in areas of clinical practice and education.