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News from Member Organisations June 2021 - New Zealand

Te Poari Whakaora Ngangahau o Aotearoa/Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

ePortfolio cycle review

A recent review by Te Poari Whakaora Ngangahau o Aotearoa/ Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand, the 2018-2020 ePortfolio cycle, showed us that more work needs to be done to increase New Zealand occupational therapist’s competence in appropriate bicultural practice[i].

The ePortfolio is where our practitioners record their continuing professional development against the competencies required to be a practising OT.

The majority of occupational therapists involved in the audit showed emerging or developing competence in this area. Full competence was demonstrated by less than 5% of the investigated portfolios.

There were a number of recommendations made to increase competence. This included strengthening the bicultural competence and training for supervisors as key influencers of bicultural competency.

Another suggested change was strengthening performance indicators of competence so that kaiwhakaora ngangahau/occupational therapists are required to show how they apply their knowledge and understanding.

Refresh of competencies, scope of practice and code of ethics documents

The ePortfolio cycle review will have implications for one of the Board’s key areas of work this year. That is the refresh of the competencies, scope of practice and code of ethics. These three core documents guide the practice of our kaiwhakaora ngangahau /occupational therapists.

Recent health sector reviews and government requirements, particularly around Te Tiriti o Waitangi, will also have an impact on what is changed in the new documents.

The project rōpū/group managing this mahi/work has been set up based on a Te Tiriti /treaty relationship model of practice. The model incorporates an equal membership of Tangata Whenua (Māori) and Tangata Tiriti (people who are not tangata whenua) including co-chairs, consumers and kaiwhakaora ngangahau/occupational therapy representatives.

More on this project can be found on our blog www.OTBNZ.com

(photo available of the ropu)

[i] In New Zealand the term bicultural refers to Māori and non-Māori. The Treaty of Waitangi puts in place a partnership between Māori and the British Crown as Treaty partners, and that Māori should have equal rights, protection and status.