Tukuna mā te wairua o Te Tiriti hei hono i a tātou mō ake tonu/Let the spirit of the Treaty bind us all together forever


The clinical workshops are about providing sessions where attendees can learn practical skills, engage with the presenters, reflect and/or interact with each other and ensure active participation so that attendees and presenters take away valuable learnings and practical tools for use in their practice. Workshops and poster sessions are usually less formal than traditional oral presentations, allowing for more creativity. The presenters need to ensure that their workshop session or poster accomplishes this.

To run a workshop, there are several factors the presenter/s need to consider:

  1. Is it interactive?
  2. Are there opportunities for attendee engagement?
  3. What resources/props/equipment are needed?
  4. Are the presenter/s able to facilitate a group of people?
  5. How can the attendees’ ‘practice’ new skills?

Workshops and posters that specifically include student and new graduate content and interest are also encouraged.

Considerations for student and new graduate content include:

  1. Does the workshop/poster encourage learning and development at a student/new graduate level?
  2. Could the workshop/poster also be relevant to student placements or entry level roles?
  3. Is the workshop/poster relevant to securing a job?

Bicultural Focus

In embracing the spirit of Te Tiriti, the programme streams encourage a true partnership approach, working together in joint presentations or each individual presenter considering both tangata whenua and tangata tiriti world views.

As Occupational Therapists, our performance indicators for competency to practice include competency 2 “Practicing appropriately for bi-cultural Aotearoa New Zealand”.  The theme of these clinical workshops challenges us to think and practice occupational therapy from a bi-cultural perspective and to learn and present from this foundation.  To present an interactive workshop in this way is a great opportunity for learning and working in a treaty partnership.

Priority will be given to:

  • presentations with a bicultural focus and co-presented with both Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti
  • presentations with both Tangata Whenua and Tangata Tiriti world views explicitly considered

There are a number of ways that a bicultural focus presentation can be achieved, including (but not limited to):

  1. Co-presenting with both tangata whenua and tangata tiriti presenters (they do not both have to be occupational therapists)
  2. Present or co-present learnings and reflections from a world view other than their own
  3. Incorporate strong guidance from kaumatua/kuia
  4. Competency 2 development activities/reflections


There are 4 streams:

Whānau Ora / Family wellbeing

Mahi Ora / Work interests / vocational rehab

Kāinga Ora / Community health / School Education

Te Auaha / Innovation / Entrepeneurial 

  • Woven through each of these streams’ workshops will include: Bi-cultural and/or student and new graduate content or interest.
  • All streams will include workshops that focus on any of the following clinical areas: Children and Family, Mental Health/Addictions, Physical and Social health.
  • Workshops will be interactive and will be 30, 45, 60 or 90 min in length. Break of 15 mins for reflection between workshops.
  • Contact the programme sub-committee for support or, to link you with other presenters to ensure bi-cultural content and co-presentation. 

Poster sessions are an alternative to interactive workshops.

Type of Presentations

Workshops: 30-minute, 45-minute, 60-minute or 90-minute



OTNZ-WNA will provide resources to support presenters in their abstract completion and development of a workshop or poster session that meets requirements for Clinical Workshops 2020.

A training will be available via zoom on the OTNZ-WNA website, the Programme Sub-committee will be able to provide links to support for bi-cultural content.

There are a number of on-line resources and tools available that describe the interactive workshop presentation style and provide tips and hints on how to make your workshop interesting, fun, relevant and interactive:

How to make an Effective POSTER - note posters in NZ are Portrait style

Abstract template

Please use the template provided to submit your abstract - Click here for abstract

The following information is required:

Title (up to 14 words)

Abstract (under 300 words)

Use the following structured abstract heading in your abstract.  Consider the Treaty / Tiriti principles and /or articles in the rationale and learning outcomes sections. Abstracts must be under 300 words and include content under all headings in order to progress to peer review.  Please reference using APA style.

Rationale for workshop

Describe clinical practice and research rationale for this workshop. 

Learning Outcomes

Provide up to three learning outcomes that describe what learners will gain from this workshop (e.g., demonstrate, reflect, practice. Avoid will ‘learn’).

Teaching/Learning Methods

Describe the teaching and learning methods that will be used in this workshop (e.g., didactic teaching, small group work, role play, video recording, object creation etc)

Biography (up to 100 words)

Please add here a short biography about each presenter that includes background, culture and bi-cultural world view that will be considered. This information can be used to introduce people prior to your presentation. Write free flowing text no longer than 100 words. Do not use bullet points.

How to submit your abstract

Please complete the abstract template above and using this link submit your abstract.

Key dates

Call for abstracts - open now

Submission close - 28 February 

Notification of abstract outcome - from April 

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