Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Editorial

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Editorial

Article excerpt

Welcome to Issue 64 of the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy. Once again the topics covered in this edition are wide-ranging, highlighting the diversity of occupational therapy. Authors Sewell and Bethell lead the way with a unique case study which tells the story of a pioneering occupational therapist whose work with servicemen returning from WWII, and others, was predominately grounded in handcrafts. This paper places the work of occupational therapists in New Zealand today within the social, cultural, and political context of health.

With the passage of time the profession expanded its scope, and fields of practice. Knowledge, experience and sheer determination helped to reshape occupational therapy practice and so, new professional milestones were reached. The next article discusses the current potential for occupational therapists to make a positive difference to health care services. Orton and Hocking argue that the leadership roles available to occupational therapists these days, present opportunities that could influence the provision of health care services to a much wider population. …

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