Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Editorial

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Editorial

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Welcome to the September edition of the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy. Once again the Journal contains a diverse selection of articles that the associate editors and I hope will capture your interest. The majority of the papers are grounded in mental health however, the topics are varied. In its own way, each one provides practical, hands-on information that is occupation-focused and client-centred.

First up is a consumer report on how the use of westernised assessment tools can severely disadvantage clients whose cultural background differs from that of the tool maker. The paper highlights the complexities of culture and care in terms of the ingredients of interventions and the ways in which we work with clients.

Next up is a case study detailing the implementation of the Kawa Model into practice. Interestingly, the Kawa mode offers a culturally responsive way of working with clients. It is a coincidence that these two articles were submitted for review around the same time. Essentially, they highlight the need to consider cultural relevance when undertaking clinical assessments and interventions. There are important lessons to be learned from both of these papers.

The authors of the third article investigated the barriers and facilitators of profession-specific working and the resultant impacts on job satisfaction and occupational outcomes. This paper will be of interest to clinicians who struggle to achieve a balance between profession-specific and generic working. We finish with a paper describing the process used to develop a student led programme, within a mental health setting. This article relates the steps taken to build capacity for peer learning approaches to student led roles with a view towards offsetting the demand for clinical placement hours.

On behalf of the associate editors, Mary Butler and Kathy Pauga, I hope you find this edition thought-provoking and useful in practice. Even more, we look forward to any feedback you may have to offer. …

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