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)
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.
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
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