New Zealand Practice Foundations from the NZAOT Archives

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New Zealand Practice Foundations from the NZAOT Archives


Cordon, Beth, New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy


Researcher: Beth Cordon

Evidence-based parallels: 1948-1960

Key words: Community, rehabilitation, service development

Reference: Riorden, S. (20xx). Domiciliary Occupational Therapy at Auckland Public Hospital. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54,(1) 39 (Reprinted from Occupational Therapy, Vol 13, No 3, August 1958).

Domiciliary occupational therapy at Auckland Public Hospital

Domicilary occupational therapy was first introduced to New Zealand at the Auckland Public Hospital in 1952, by Miss M Primrose, from Scotland. Patients then numbered ten. This soon grew to thirty. During the last three years the present occupational therapist, Mrs S Riorden, has been granted a car allowance and the number of patients has increased to eighty. The area visited is that within a radius of twenty-five miles and the usual mileage covered per month being between six and seven hundred miles.

All craftwork is remedial, but the emphasis is given to home rehabilitation. Our motto for homebound patients could be "How to live with your disability," and we encourage patients themselves to think up useful gadgets. These ideas can then be used to help other people.

Comments: Refer also to Newsletter Journal, Vol 7, July 1953 written by Mrs J Warren, the second domiciliary occupational therapist.

Key words: Career pathways, mental health services, occupation, clinical practice.

Reference: Short, Elizabeth. (20xx). London Locum. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54, (1)39 (Reprinted from Occupational Therapy, Vol 15, No 2, May 1960

London Iocum

In the summer months Locum Tenum Occupational therapists are always in demand as the Hospital staff take their leave and the positions usually last for eight weeks. Perhaps one of the most interesting hospitals I was assigned to was Guy's Hospital. As a teaching hospital it had its own Medical, Dental and Physiotherapy Schools.

The history of the place overawed me and lunch hours were never long enough for me to explore and read all I could about the Hospital and district.

However the Unit I was to work in brought me back to reality each day for the Department was at York Clinic, a 44 bed psychiatric block for in-patients. With this general hospital atmosphere and no locked doors or restraint this type of unit hasn't the stigma that so often attaches itself to mental hospitals, and the nurse and students all spent part of their training here.

Particular emphasis was made on the fact that staff in the unit should understand the patient as a whole person. Time was spent studying the detailed histories and these were added to helping build up a picture of the patient's constitutional assets and liabilities, his family background and social setting and the emotional stresses he had undergone. These were all studied for their aetiological relevance and an attempt was made to discover the meaning of the illness to the patient.

The day started with morning exercises and keep fit programmes including table tennis, ball games, tenniquoits. After morning tea everyone came to the Occupational Therapy Department by lift. Those not working in the Pottery Room were given various other projects to help stimulate their interest, relax the mind and regain lost confidence. …

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