Otago Polytechnic

Head of Department

  Megan Gibbons
Head of School MeganG@op.ac.nz

Megan is the Head of School at Otago Institute of Sport and Adventure. Megan joined Otago Polytechnic at the beginning of 2007 and teaches nutrition and physiology. Recently she completed her PhD in Biomedical Sciences. Previously she lectured at Massey University, and worked as the consultant nutritionist at the Millenium Institute of Sport. Email Megan.gibbonsop.ac.nz

Publications and Research

Emery DP, Milne T, Gilchrist CA, Gibbons M, Robinson E, Coster G, Forrest CB, Harnden A, Mant, D, Grant CC (2015). The impact of primary care on emergency department presentation and hospital admission with pneumonia: a case-control study of preschool-aged children npj Primary Care Respiratory Medicine (2015) 25, 14113; doi:10.1038/npjpcrm.2014.113; published online 5 February 2015

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Debbie Davie
Administrator - Postgraduate Programmes & EA Kaitohutohu Office debbied@op.ac.nz

Michelle McMaster
Technician MMcMaster@op.ac.nz

  Simonne Wood (formerly Samuelson)
Administrator (Bachelor's Programme) simonnes@op.ac.nz

Administration related to the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy and the School's Assessment Committee. EdTech Champion.

Gina Roberts
Administrator groberts@op.ac.nz

Gail Morris
Occupational Therapy Fieldwork Administrator gmorris@op.ac.nz

Programme Managers / Coordinators / Professors

  Jackie Herkt
Academic Leader JackieH@op.ac.nz

I am Academic Leader of the School in the School of Occupational Therapy. In that role I have number of tasks and activities that I undertake, I oversee matters related to the curriculum, support and guide the fieldwork team, supervise honours students and teach. I will be teaching on the Bachelors Programme Community Practice Fieldwork 5 this year.My professional background is that of an occupational therapist, I worked for many years as an occupational therapist working with children and then moved to working with adults. From there I moved into management and teaching roles. My research focuses around supervision and I have a keen interest in how we best educate and support students and those returning to practice into the occupational therapy profession.Publications Herkt, J.A. (2004). Exploring the supervision of occupational therapists in New Zealand. Unpublished masters thesis. AUT University, Auckland, New Zealand.Herkt, J.A., Hocking, C. (2007). Supervision in New Zealand Professional growth or maintaining competence New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 54(2), 2430. Herkt, J., Hocking, C. (2010). Participating in supervision Perceptions of occupational therapists in New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 57(1), 2734. Dodds, K., Herkt, J. (2013). Exploring transition back to occupational therapy practice following a career break. New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, 62(2), 5 12

Publications and Research

Dodds, K., & Herkt, J. A. (2013). How Occupational Therapists Manage and Experience Returning to Practice after a Career Break. New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists Journal. http://www.nzaot.com/publications/journal/

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  Penelope Kinney
Senior Lecturer/Bachelors Programmes Coordinator penelopek@op.ac.nz

Penelope is the School of Occupational Therapy Bachelors Programmes Coordinator. Penelope areas of interest are developing reflective practice, mental health (specifically the forensic psychiatric area) and developing expertise in the walking interview method of data collection. Penelope has completed a qualitative research project for her Masters degree which explored the lived experiences of moving from a secure unit to an open ward within a forensic service and is now enrolled into her PhD. Penelope works part time each day.

Publications and Research

Kinney, P.,Wilson, L. H., & Galvin, S. (2012). Exploring Connectedness: The meaning of transition experiences for those within a forensic psychiatric service. New Zealand Association of occupational therapists conference 2012 Hamilton 19-22 September.

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  Carolyn Van Kampen
Senior Lecturer, Hamilton-based Co-ordinator ckampen@op.ac.nz

Carolyn is a Senior Lecturer and Coordinator for the School of Occupational Therapy, based in Hamilton. Her qualifications include Occupational Therapy study and registration and a Masters in Business Administration (Waikato). She has worked in a variety of clinical occupational therapy, both within New Zealand and overseas, and in business management positions, before joining the Otago Polytechnic team in early 2011.


  Alexa Andrew
Senior Lecturer alexa@op.ac.nz

Alexa is a Senior Lecturer within the School of Occupational Therapy and has worked for Otago Polytechnic since 2000. She started by teaching Diversional Therapy and, in 2004, began teaching for the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy programme. Alexa holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Health Care Sciences, a Masters degree in Occupational Therapy and a Level 5 Teaching Certificate. Her clinical practice and research expertise is focussed on older people in residential care.

Publications and Research

Andrew, A., & Wilson, L.H. (2013). A café on the premises of an aged care facility: more than just froth? Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, Posted online on December 16, 2013.(doi:10.3109/11038128.2013.868034) Read More: http://informahealthcare.com/eprint/YFrAKqEh52c6gRcpABjY/full

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  Michelle Holland
Senior Lecturer MichelleH@op.ac.nz

Michelle is a Senior Lecturer who joined the School of Occupational Therapy in 2007. She has been a Fieldwork 2 Supervisor for eight years and the Coordinator of Fieldwork 2 since 2011. Michelle has also been involved in teaching in the undergraduate programme since 2007 and her areas of teaching have included psychology, occupation, professional practice and Neurology.

  Karin Govaerts
Lecturer KarinG@op.ac.nz

Karin is a Lecturer within the School of Occupational Therapy. She began working for Otago Polytechnic in 2006 and currently teaches on the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree programme.

Sian Griffiths
Senior Lecturer siang@op.ac.nz

Gina Huakau
Lecturer ginah@op.ac.nz

  Helen Jeffery
Senior Lecturer HelenJ@op.ac.nz

I teach in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs on a part time basis. I also act in a coordinating role with the Post Graduate team.

  Annette Jensen
Senior Lecturer annettej@op.ac.nz

Annette is a Danish trained occupational therapist with extensive practice experience in New Zealand and a current NZROT. Since 2010 she has been employed at the School of Occupational Therapy, Otago Polytechnic and is based at WINTEC City Campus in Hamilton. She has completed her Graduate Certificate in Tertiary Learning and Teaching (Level 7). Annette is a senior lecturer and student support for year one students enrolled in Hamilton.

  Linda Robertson
Associate Professor lindar@op.ac.nz

Dr Linda Robertson is an experienced lecturer who has worked at Otago Polytechnic for more than 20 years. She has taught at all levels of occupational therapy education but is now focusing on postgraduate courses. She is a Principal Lecturer and her topics of expertise are clinical reasoning, research and education. A major achievement from a long career in teaching is her book, Clinical Reasoning in Occupational Therapy Controversies in Practice.

Publications and Research

Robertson, L., Hale, B., & Waters, D (2015). Peer Leaders: Their role in supporting community groups APOT Conference abstracts [Rotorua, Sept 2015]

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  James Sunderland
Senior Lecturer jamess@op.ac.nz

James is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Occupational Therapy and Year Two coordinator in the bachelors program. He teaches across the three years of the undergraduate degree programme. His teaching has a strong focus on exploration of both the commonalities and differences that exist in individuals and communities engagement in occupation. His masters study looked at the Men's Shed movement in New Zealand.

Publications and Research

Sunderland, J (2013). The Taieri Blokes Shed: An Ethnographic Study (Awarded Masters Thesis) Title:

The Taieri Blokes Shed : an ethnographic study : a thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the degree Master of Occupational Therapy at Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin, New Zealand


James Christian Sunderland

Otago Polytechnic, issuing body

Available Location:

Robertson Library Theses (Polytech) 615.8515099392 SUN 2013

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  Kevin Tattersall
Senior Lecturer kevo@op.ac.nz

Kevin is a Lecturer and started working within the School of Occupational Therapy in 1998. He holds a Masters in Physical Education, Bachelor of Science (Anatomy) and Bachelor of Physical Education (Kinesiology). Human movement is his passion and he particularly enjoys teaching functional anatomy, kinesiology, ergonomics and the benefits of physical activity. Kevin lives with his wife and daughter in a passive solardesigned house, keeping goats and chickens and growing what they can.

Publications and Research

Handcock, P.J. & Tattersall, K. (2011). Occupational Therapists Beware: Physical activity guidelines have limitations British Journal of Occupational Therapy British Journal of Occupational Therapy. Special issue: Promoting physical activity to enhance quality of life In print Word count: 100 + 1465 In print

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  Jayne Webster
Senior Lecturer, Hamilton-based jwebster@op.ac.nz

Jayne is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Occupational Therapy based at the satellite site in Hamilton (Wintec), working for Otago Polytechnic since 2011. Prior to this, Jayne worked in the USA in a clinicalmanagement role within the human services for 10 years. Her qualifications include a PG Dip OT, BHSc(OT), GCTLT (Level 7), NZROT and OTR (USA). Jayne's interests are in the field of mental health and developmental disabilities. Jayne is co convenor of the mental health academics ANOTMHA (Australia and New Zealand) steering committee looking at research based on mental health curriculum and clinicians current practice, with the aim to ensure that Otago Polytechnic school of occupational therapy curriculum is at a superior standard. Jayne has recently published research in the Australian Occupational therapy journal related to the research and has presented at numerous conferences with the group. Jayne is currently completing her masters looking at retention of occupational therapists working in mental health services in New Zealand.When Jayne is not working, she loves to travel and spend time at the beach.

Publications and Research

Justin Newton Scanlan
Geneviève Pépin
Kirsti Haracz
Priscilla Ennals
Jayne S. Webster
Pamela J. Meredith
Rachel Batten
Siann Bowman
Marianne Bonassi
Rosie Bruce
(2015). Identifying educational priorities for occupational therapy students to prepare for mental health practice in Australia and New Zealand: Opinions of practising occupational therapists http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1440-1630.12194/abstract

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  Mary Butler
Senior Lecturer mbutler@op.ac.nz

Dr Mary Butler is a principal lecturer and coordinates the master's programme. She is passionate about doing research that is relevant and makes a difference to our clients and that also speaks to the heart of OT philosophy. Research interests include visual impairment (one of the top ten areas where OT can make a difference) methodology, including variations of participant observation that uses activity clinical ethics and care ethics. She teaches on the postgraduate program, supervising students and teaching a research methods paper. .

Publications and Research

Butler, M (2014). The Walking interview: an approach to investigating injury and people with pre-existing co-morbidities. Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice.
A Peer Reviewed Publication of the College of Health Care Sciences at Nova Southeastern University Dedicated to allied health professional practice and education http://ijahsp.nova.edu Vol. 12 No. 3 ISSN 1540-580X

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  Margaret Fish
Lecturer, Hamilton-based mfish@op.ac.nz

Margaret began lecturing for the Otago Polytechnic School of Occupational Therapy in 2011 and is based at the WINTECRotokauri Campus in Hamilton. She has been operating independently in Hamilton as an Occupational Therapist for a number of years and works primarily with elderly people. Her postgraduate study included literature on supporting older people with dementia in their own home and communitybased occupational therapy for people with diabetes.

  Rita Robinson
Lecturer RitaR@op.ac.nz

Rita is a Lecturer in the School of Occupational Therapy. She began working as a distance Postgraduate Programmes Lecturer for OP in 2008, and then in 2009, started teaching for the Bachelor programme at the Rotokauri Campus (WINTEC) in Hamilton. Rita holds a Masters in Occupational Therapy from Otago Polytechnic and her specific interests surround childrens occupational development and cooccupation.

Publications and Research

Robinson, R. (2011). Teachers’ literacy expectations shaping the occupational experience of new entrant students. New Zealand Association Occupational Therapy Conference, Nelson. September. 2010

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Narinder Verma
Lecturer/Fieldwork Associate nverma@op.ac.nz

Sarah Hough
Lecturer Occupational Therapy shough@op.ac.nz

Kim Reay
Lecturer kreay@op.ac.nz

Sharon Harth-Bryant
Lecturer/Fieldwork Associate shbryant@op.ac.nz

  Jenna Collie
Lecturer jennac@op.ac.nz

Jenna is a Lecturer within the School of Occupational Therapy. Jenna began working for Otago Polytechnic in 2016 and currently teaches on the Bachelor of Occupational Therapy degree programme. Jenna has completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Health Science and a Masters of Health Practice (addictions).

Sarah Redfearn
Fieldwork Associate/Lecturer sredfearn@op.ac.nz

Support Staff

Kiri Waitai
Academic Staff member - WINTEC kwaitai@op.ac.nz