I have been working as a New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist (NZROT) for 12 years. I trained at Auckland University of Technology (AUT). I am a member of Occupational Therapy New Zealand (OTNZ) and the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT).
I have worked in a range of settings including Acute Medicine, Residential / Aged Care and Dementia Care, Acute Stroke Rehabilitation and I also work privately as a Professional Supervisor and see private clients on request. I have been a student supervisor throughout my career.
I am currently working as a Senior OT in Acute Stoke Rehabilitation and Acute Medicine in an urban hospital in New Zealand. I hold approved accreditations in Complex Wheelchair and Seating (L2WMPM), posture management (L1WMPM(LYNG)) and standard / complex equipment (PSMHSM).
Clinically I am interested in Stroke Rehabilitation, Goal Setting, Motivation and its role in patient participation in therapy, Posture Management, working with clients who are obese and OT Service Development.
I have completed my Post Graduate Certificate in Rehabilitation at AUT and am returning to study in 2017 to complete my Post Graduate Diploma in Occupational Therapy.
I was very fortunate to have attended the World Federation of Occupational Therapists Conference in Yokohama, Japan in June 2014 (see my summary of the conference here). In September 2015 I presented three papers at the Asia Pacific Occupational Therapy Conference (APOTC) in Rotorua, New Zealand – My first time presenting at a conference!!! See my reports from the conference here! In September 2016 I presented at the 50th Anniversary Congress of the Japanese Association of Occupational Therapists in Sapporo, Japan – read about my experiences here