Editorial

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Editorial


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


Where do I begin to say all that I have to say? The beginning is probably a good place and that entails yet another HAPPY 60th BIRTHDAY to the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists. The first newsletter, published in June 1949, was the forerunner to the current Journal. In view of the fact that the June edition of Insight covered the occasion so admirably, I am not going to risk repeating the same information. What's more, 'The History of the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy' written by Scaletti, Egan, & Kenning, was published in 2008. It makes interesting reading and can be found in the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 55(1). Prior to that, Linda Wilson published 'A Review of the Journals of the NZAOT' in 2002. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 49(2). Both these articles are worth reading. Now the newly released 'Legacy of Occupation' is a great source of information about the Association. This well written book is a wonderful inheritance from Gordon, Riordan, Scaletti, & Creighton, (2009). The early years of occupational therapy in New Zealand are realistically and candidly presented. The book which is not only witty, but also educational, is a story of growth and development. In addition, the interactive CD which accompanies the book contains an interesting collection of historical data including Hazel Skilton's Book 'Work for your life'.

In recognition of the inauguration of the Association, I was privileged to be invited to attend an afternoon tea presided over by Hazel Skilton early in June. It was a special occasion, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to occupational therapists with an extensive grasp of our professional heritage sharing memories, swapping stories, and generally reflecting on the accomplishments of the profession. It was enlightening, and I have to say students these days would be aghast at some of the rules and regulations our predecessors had to abide by while studying. Today's student undertakes a very different educational experience.

In respect of the Journal, and on behalf of the 943 occupational therapist who receive it, I want to take this opportunity to acknowledge past editors, editorial team members, reviewers, and authors for their valued contribution and tremendous effort put towards ensuring that the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy has stayed abreast of ongoing developments within the world of occupational therapy here in New Zealand and overseas. Both the profession, and the Journal, have come a long way since that first newsletter was published and as we continue to flourish I dare to say--THE BEST IS YET TO BE.

No Journal editor can manage the publication alone and so I am very pleased to introduce two new Associate editors. Many of you will know Mary Butler, who has a long association with the Journal. …

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