Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa

The Role of Occupational Therapists Working in Mental Health and Addiction Position Statement

OCT 2012 - The Occupational Therapy New Zealand Whakaora Ngangahau Aotearoa Whakaora Ngahgahau Aotearoa position advocates that the role of nga kaiwhakaora ngangahau/occupational therapists in mental health care includes:

  • promotion and restoration of the positive health and wellbeing of an individual (or a group of individuals), through inclusion and the use of purposeful occupation as both the process and outcome of intervention working in partnership with an individual, their family/whanau and the interdisciplinary team to develop recovery plans that are realistic and meaningful
  • evaluation of the effectiveness and outcomes of programmes and interventions from an occupational perspective.