Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

What is the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ)?

The Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ) is a health regulatory authority. We ensure the safety of consumers using occupational therapy services. We do this by making sure all occupational therapists meet the specifications of the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act 2003.

Latest News

Read our guide on the Recertification Programme

View our latest Annual Report

View our latest COVID-19 update here

Read the new Ministry of Health Policy on students completing training placements during COVID-19 Alert Levels 1 – 4

We would like your views about developing an advanced training package for occupational therapy supervisors. The package would be aimed at supervisors, who already have completed training covering basic supervision theory, models and skills; and would potentially involve self-directed learning and an intensive 2-day programme delivered as a noho marae (overnight stay). Please click here to complete the survey.

View our call for expressions of interest for Professional Conduct and Competence Review Committee members

We have 5 new board members and 2 re-appointments to our Board. Read the gazette here

We are deeply saddened by the passing away of Wereta Wairakau Pahau (Matua Rackie), our Tikanga Advisor and kaumatua, on Tuesday, June 30. Rackie has been an integral part of the Board’s journey on maintaining and developing cultural safety. He will be profoundly missed by the Board, its staff and practitioners.  Our prayers and thoughts go out to whaea Iris and whānau. Read more here

Read the letter from heads of occupational therapy programmes at AUT and Otago Polytechnic here

Read all our COVID-19 related updates and resources here

View our In Conversation interviews with practitioners here

2020 Webinar Series: Second Tuesday every month at 2.30 PM 

Supervision and the new Recertification Programme – PowerpointView Recording

New Recertification Programme – View Recording

Notifying the Board – Health, Competence & Conduct – View Recording

How to apply for your Annual Practising Certificate – PowerpointView Recording

Moving to the new ePortfolio cycle – PowerpointView Recording

Te Rito Bicultural Competency Elearning Module

This course is available to anyone who has a current practising certificate. Contact Terito@otboard.org.nz for your login details

Health Practitioner Disciplinary Tribunal (HPDT) decisions for occupational therapists can be seen here