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O'Sullivan, Grace, New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

I feel privileged, as editor of the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, to present the proceedings from the 2008 NZAOT Conference: Inspiration--Energy--Action. Having the Frances Rutherford Lecture and Keynote presentations in one edition is a bonus for therapists who were unable to attend the conference held in Palmerston North last September. Once again the presentations are inspirational. As you read through this issue you will have the opportunity to share the perspectives and experience the excitement that prevailed among delegates, during the conference. On behalf of readers, I want to thank the presenters for taking the extra time and making the extra effort to prepare their verbal presentation for publication. Fundamental issues such as functional impairment, human rights, occupational injustice, and restrictions in participation are addressed. Published (more or less) verbatim the articles include:

The Frances Rutherford Lecture: Carolyn Simmons Carlsson

Taking a stand for inclusion: Seeing beyond impairment!

Keynote session 1: Yvonne Thomas

Inspiration: Moving forward when you do not see the steps.

Keynote session 2: Karen Rebeiro Gruhl

The politics of practice: Strategies to secure our occupational claim and to address occupational injustice.

Keynote session 3: Carolyn Simmons Carlsson

It's all about "You": Unfurling the Koru within

The two additional articles in this edition focus on mental health issues. Porteous and Waghorn describe the application of an evidence-based practice fidelity measure used to monitor the effectiveness of an expanding supported employment program for young adults with first episode psychosis.

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