Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand

Resources for safe practice

We’ve created a range of publications to help you provide a safe working environment and safe relationships for you, your co-workers and consumers. This section has some of the publications you’ll need.

General Scope of Practice
The definition of Scope you work under as an occupational therapist and the qualifications you must have.

Code of Ethics 
The ethical standards for occupational therapists.

Position Statement: Practice Boundaries for Occupational Therapists 
Our position on providing services beyond the general Scope of Practice.

Practice Boundaries for Occupational Therapists – A Guide for Practitioners
Information and guidance on maintaining a professional relationship with your clients.

Professional Boundaries
An Occupational Therapist’s guide to the importance of appropriate professional boundaries.

Competencies for Registration and Continuing Practice Handbook
Detailed information on the competencies required for registration and continuing practice as an Occupational Therapist in New Zealand.

Policy for the use of Occupational Therapy Qualifications and or Titles
Our policy for the use of Occupational Therapy Titles.

Policy on when Registration and a Practising Certificate is required Our policy to give you guidance on when registration and a practising certificate is required.

Telehealth Guidelines for Occupational Therapists

Guidelines for Social Media and Electronic Communication

Guidelines for delegation to personnel who are not under the direction of an Occupational Therapist
Guidelines for what tasks can be delegated to an assistant and when it is appropriate.

Guidelines for delegation to an Occupational Therapy Assistant

Guidelines for when you need to pass tasks to non-regulated staff members

New legislation that will impact practitioners 
Two regulatory frameworks that will have an impact on the health sector