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New Local Area Network in Canterbury

Kia ora whānau,

A new Local Area Network (LAN) for Canterbury OTs has been established in Christchurch by Rebecca Barnard.

The first inaugural meeting is scheduled to be held this Thursday 8th July at 7:30 at Coffee Club Riccarton (located in Westfield, Riccarton).

OTNZ-WNA encourages all OTs in the area to attend, and members can RSVP to Rebecca by emailing [email protected]

Kia pai tō koutou wiki,


The Sleep with Disability/Te Moe me te Hauatanga course is now available to purchase!

Go to otnz.co.nz/sleep for more information.

Sleep with Disability/Te Moe me te Hauātanga Programme Launch TODAY

We warmly welcome all Occupational Therapists to join us TODAY (30th April 2021) at 12:30pm-1pm for the promotional launch of Sleep with Disability/Te Moe me te Hauātanga on ZOOM. 

Please copy and paste this link into your browser to access the zoom event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84036245652?pwd=MDdOZlo1bUYrTCtpNm8xUDNLd055UT09


OTNZ-WNA 2021 Online Event abstracts Now Open

The programme committee warmly invites you to submit an abstract: https://www.otnz.co.nz/otnz-wna-2021-online-event

deadline for abstracts is 30 May 2021

SGM 7 pm Wednesday 24 March 2021 to approve 2019-20 audited financial accounts

A reminder to members of OTNZ-WNA.

SGM by zoom to approve the 2019-20 Audited accounts will be held at 7 pm on Wednesday 24 March 2021.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86855578584. For full Audit report  click here

OTNZ Annual & Audit Report 2020

New Date for Auckland SYA!

The new date for  the  Auckland Show Your Ability roadshow is Wednesday April 14 2021.
Venue: Auckland Eventfinda Stadium – North Shore

16 Reasons to add Telehealth to your Practice

February 15, 2021, and Auckland is in lockdown – are OTs using Telehealth regularly or only during lockdown? Are we using a combination of telehealth and face to face intervention methods? I would be interested to hear from others using Telehealth in their practice.

The International Board of Credentialling and Continuing Educational Standards in the USA note numerous reasons Teletherapy can benefit occupational therapists. While the discussion is USA based, I believe Telehealth/Teletherapy can benefit both our clients and our practice. I acknowledge Telehealth is not the best choice for every client, but I know that in some circumstances, it can be effective.

The article quotes 16 Reasons for an OT to add telehealth to their practice, and can be viewed here: https://ibcces.org/blog/2020/09/09/reasons-teletherapy-benefits-occupational-therapist/

Written by Lynda Mance 

Kia kaha Auckland! Covid-19 information updates

Here we go again! As we wait for more information about the latest community transmission in Auckland, at least we can all be grateful that we have proven systems in place to handle this outbreak. In case you need a refresher, we have our  COVID-19 Level 2/3 Guidelines for Occupational Therapists. For those based in Auckland, just remember that the rest of the country is thinking about you and the extra sacrifices you’re making right now – kia kaha Tāmaki Makaurau!

Registrations open for ATSNZ Disability Expo

Registrations open for ATSNZ Disability Expo
Tue 16 – Wed 17 March 2021, Vodafone Events Centre, Manukau
The disability services event of the year – Free Registration, FREE Conference Program & Easy Access for all
Pre-register for FREE Parking and A FREE Coffee

Share Your Feedback

Kia ora everyone! Have you had your say regarding our annual events? Share your thoughts by completing our 2 minute survey at the following link by the end of today: https://surveymonkey.com/r/ZQG23LK.

Show Your Ability 2021 – 1 month away!

Register for N.Z’s Premier Annual Disability Equipment Show! See more information here: https://www.3am.net.nz/show-your-ability/

New Year, New Role?

Check out one of these job opportunities and go forward in 2021 with a new role: https://www.otnz.co.nz/vacancies/

Ngā mihi o te tau hou/Happy new year!

Happy 2021 everyone!

We hope you all had a safe holiday season, and are excited for what 2021 will bring. As we are now back in action, feel free to send us any questions about membership, or what will be coming up in 2021, through our social media platforms: https://www.otnz.co.nz/contact/, or email us: https://www.otnz.co.nz/contact/. Keep an eye out for some great things coming this year!

Noho ora mai (stay well)!