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.

Updates on COVID-19 (novel coronavirus)

Click here for our update 3
Click here for our update 2
Click here for our update 1
Read the media release from the Ministry of Health
Read our joint statement with OTNZ-WNA here
Access our 3 Practising Certificate payment options here to help practitioners pay for their APC
Read our list of resources that may help inform decision making

Delivering Safe Care

The OTBNZ is aware that the COVID-19 situation may present many challenges for health practitioners, and occupational therapists may be called on to act in unfamiliar ways.

We encourage practitioners to use their professional judgement to deliver safe care informed by the Competencies for Practice and Code of Ethics.  The key principles which should be followed include the need to work cooperatively with colleagues to keep people safe, to practise in line with the best available evidence and to recognise and work within the limits of their competence. The Board has a framework for assessing boundaries to practice which can be accessed here.

The Ministry of Health COVID-19 website is updated daily with information about the virus, including a section specifically for health practitioners.

Latest News

Hui/ Symposiums 2020- POSTPONED

In view of the current COVID-19 epidemic, the OTBNZ has decided to postpone the 2019 hui/symposiums to a later date.  Practitioners who have registered will be contacted individually by the OTBNZ

2020 Webinar Series: Second Tuesday every month at 2.30 PM

How to apply for your Annual Practising Certificate – PowerpointView Recording

Moving to the new ePortfolio cycle – PowerpointView Recording

14 April: Notifying the board about complaints, health & competence – Register here

12 May: Developing Professional Competencies with an Emphasis on Cultural Competency – Register here

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