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This month:

  • Special General Meeting
  • 2017 Conference in Nelson: Call for abstracts!
  • Show your ability roadshow
  • LAN groups: new convener
  • 2017 OTNZ-WNA Achievement award
  • Occupational Therapists Nga Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau Research and Education Trust Grant
  • Karis Boyd Memorial Trust Hardship grant
  • The role of occupational therapists in providing alternatives to seclusion rooms
  • Special interest group review
  • Did you know? 
  • OT video
Special General Meeting

REMINDER: Special General Meeting Friday 17th February 2017 from 12-1PM. Held at Lower Hutt Hospital, Wellington

We would appreciate OTNZ-WNA members support for this SGM to ensure a quorum is met.

If you are able to attend this Special General Meeting and have not responded to earlier emails please contact

When: Friday 17th February 2017, from 12-1pm

Where: Auditorium, Learning Centre, Hutt Hospital in Lower Hutt.
For a map of Hutt Hospital or for parking information (ample free parking around the hospital) please go to

As advised earlier we confirm this SGM is called as a result of a requisition received in writing from the Council in accordance with the Rules (specifically Rule 10.2). The notices of motion were signed and received in accordance with the rules. To view the Notices of motion and further details regarding the SGM Click here

  1. To bring a motion to alter rule 11.5 by changing the annual subscription due date from the 31st of May to the 31st of July.
  2. Members have consistently reported to the association that it is financially difficult to meet the cost of their annual practising certificate as well as pay their membership subscription by the due date as they occur during the same period.
  3. Delaying the due date for membership subscriptions enables the outgoing expenses of members to be more evenly spread.
  4. To include within rule 11.5 the option for members to make time payments.
  5. To change any other rule relating to or affected by the change to rule 11.5.
OTNZ-WNA 2017 Conference in Nelson

Please mark your diaries for the 2017 Conference, which is to be held in Nelson 13 - 15 September 2017 at the Rutherford Hotel.

The theme is “Committing to Social Change / nga tahitanga o te tangata, ko te kii tuhono mo ake tonu".

Keep an eye out on Grabaseat for flight deals to Nelson!
Why not add on a long weekend in Nelson, lots to see and do!
A call for Abstracts for the 2017 Conference is now open!

We warmly invite you to submit an abstracts by 21 April 2017. Early submission is encouraged.

The overarching vision for the 29th conference is "Committing to Social Change".

The following conference themes have been developed to showcase this vision:
  1. Bicultural Practice
  2. Practice and Society
  3. Consultation and Engagement
  4. Enacting Occupational Justice
  5. Taking Occupation to Community
  6. Rethinking Mainstream Practice
For further information re submission types, guidelines and tips visit

Or contact or contact the office 
LAN Groups
Gisborne LAN

We have a new LAN group convener for Gisborne, Ashleigh Blair. She has taken over from Libby Cron and the first catch up is 16th March at 11:30 at Tairawhiti Museum. 

Southland LAN

There are a number of meetings scheduled for the Southland LAN group which can be found on our website.
People are invited to contact Rachel the convener for further details on

Waikato LAN group
We are privileged to have the opportunity to listen to Occupational Therapist  and stroke survivor Emma Gee present on person-centred care. She will also share her life experiences as published in her book ‘Reinventing Emma’. Please find attached Emma’s biography illustrating  her amazing journey. For additional information the link to her website is -  Emma’s book will be available for purchase on the night for $30-00; no EFTPOS facilities are available so please bring cash.
Details as follows:
When:                 Tuesday 28 March 2017
Time:                  4-30pm (nibbles and drinks kindly supplied by Otago Polytechnic)
                           with a 5pm start – (parking on campus free after 4pm)
Where:               Gallagher Hub, Event Room One, Wintec City Campus
RSVP:                  By 21 March 2017 to
Be sure to check the Communities section of the members side of the website for regular updates on LAN Groups.

Volunteer coordinator for the Christchurch LAN group required!
Currently the group meets quarterly for networking, information sharing and special presentations.
Please contact the office for more details
2017 OTNZ-WNA Achievement award

Do you work with an association member who demonstrates exemplary practice? – why not nominate them for the 2017 achievement award!
Examples of exemplary practice include:
  • justifying a new service
  • leading a project
  • supporting the implementation of occupation-centered practice
  • being recognised for the outstanding quality of your work
  • providing input to an organisation or policy development
  • representing the profession
  • highlighting an occupational injustice
  • achieving positive publicity for the profession
  • a review of literature to inform practice
  • disseminating information about occupation and health
  • translating knowledge into practice
  • enhancing others practice knowledge
  • ground breaking practice
Nominations close 30 June annually.  The award is in the form of a certificate for $1,000.
For more information and a 2017 application form please contact the office.

We need more sponsors!

The OTNZ-WNA Achievement Award is sponsored by individuals interested in fostering the development of occupational therapy practice in New Zealand and showcasing therapists’ achievements and contribution to practice. The award is managed by OTNZ-WNA on behalf of the contributors. If you would like to become a sponsor we would love to hear from you. You can pledge $100 or any amount exceeding $100.00 over a 4 year period or any period you want. A sponsorship form please contact
Occupational Therapists/Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau Research and Education Trust Grant

Thinking about research that is related to occupational therapy practice, or its underpinning knowledge including that of occupational science. Whilst the applications don’t close until 30 June annually you may wish to start your application now.
The grant/s is for small pieces of research or as a component of a larger piece of research.
More information available on our website
Karis Boyd Memorial Trust Hardship grant

We invite applications for Karis Boyd Memorial Trust Hardship Grant. The aim of the grants are to support
students who are experiencing hardship to complete their undergraduate qualification in occupational therapy. Grants will be up to the value of $500 and you must be a current OTNZ-WNA student member to qualify for consideration. Applications close on 15 April. Please see our website for more information and how to apply.

The role of occupational therapists in providing alternatives to seclusion rooms

OTNZ-WNA has recently been proactive over the issue of the use of seclusion rooms in some schools and have outlined, to a targeted range of education stakeholders and politicians, the role and skills of occupational therapists/kaiwhakaora ngangahau in finding alternative solutions for supporting students and seeking opportunities for closer collaboration. We are planning to follow this up with a position paper. Our thanks to all members from the Chypot SIG group who assisted with the development of the communication. We have received a lot of positive feedback and encouragement from members who have been following the events.
For a copy of the letter please click on this link: Hon Hekia Parata

We are currently reviewing the SIG group you are on.

Please check to ensure your email and other information on the database is current.

Please share this information with your colleagues and encourage them to do the same.
 Go to the member login area and then my
to update. For any assistance please contact the office.

As a member, you can access archived editions of our own New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy (NZJOT), plus we have five international Occupational Therapy journals that you can read and download!

The journals are located in the members section of our website. Please login here and then go publications.
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