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

Please note the OTBNZ will be closed over the Christmas break from Thursday midday, 24 December 2020 and will reopen on Tuesday, 05 January 2021.

Read our Christmas Newsletter

Expressions of Interest to review OTBNZ competencies and code of ethics. Here is the background information and analysis

Watch our latest In Conversation with Drs Penelope Kinney and Ellen Nicholson

Survey results on OTBNZ training for supervisors

Information and Consultation document for the development of standards for occupational therapists involved in driving assessments and vehicle modifications

Read our latest email update and guide on the Recertification Programme

View our 2020 Annual Report

View our latest COVID-19 update

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

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