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Updated: Mar 15, 2021

As you will be aware a refresh of the Occupational Therapy Board competencies, scope of practice and code of ethics has been planned for this year. These three core documents guide the practice of kaiwhakaora ngangahau /occupational therapists in Aotearoa New Zealand. It’s important therefore that they reflect findings from our e-portfolio review, recent health sector reviews and government requirements, particularly around Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

A hui was held on 14 February, attended by 26 people and generating lots of ideas. Following the hui, CE of OTBNZ, Andrew Charnock, appointed Crystal Beavis to project manage this mahi and the project team will be based on a Te Tiriti relationship model of practice. The model incorporates an equal membership of Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti including co-chairs, consumers and kai whakaora ngangahau/occupational therapy representatives.

As each document is drafted it will be shared for feedback and discussion with the project team, the wider reference group (who attended the original hui), other stakeholders and practicing occupational therapists. It is expected the process will take around 6-8 months for all three documents to be produced.

We will use this blog site to keep you up-to-date with the project, answer your questions and provide feedback.


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