Career Development Association of New Zealand




New Zealand Occupational Rehabilitation Conference

In partnership with AUT School of Clinical Sciences

WA224 Conference Centre, 55 Wellesley St, AUT Auckland / Monday 1 April 2019


This biennial event draws together the multidisciplinary professional who deliver vocational rehabilitation programmes through ACC, government agencies, community based and private providers.

NZORC19 is a one day professional development and networking event designed to showcase best practice and connect professionals for discussion and reflection on their work, towards best possible client outcomes.

NZORC has been held twice before and attracts 80-100 attendees plus a small group of exhibitors who benefit from the opportunity to showcase their goods and services to a select and targetted audience. Attendees in previous years have included vocational consultants, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, occupational physicians, nurses and other industry stakeholders.

Programme, Slides and Resources

The NZORC programme is determined by a programming team comprised of practitioners, academics and industry stakeholders, as well as the event producer employed by CDANZ.

Read the Final Programme and Workshop Summary for the day. 

We thank the speakers for their permission in sharing the following slides:

Welcome & Approaches to Vocational Rehabilitation, Dr Joanna Fadyl, AUT

A VR Approach to Homelessness, Ashleigh McDonnell. Ashleigh's slides are unavailable but she has provided these useful links: Housing FirstFood banksAdvocacy services, Work and income, Work and Income Emergency Housing. Free budgeting services are usually local and you can ask your local work and income to point you in the right direction.

Vocational Rehabilitation Teams, Lisa Macaulay, Fit for Work

Work and long term conditions: Engaging Stakeholders in a Systematic Review, Dr Joanna Fadyl, AUT

Client experience and service design, Claire Stearne & Lagi Moananu, Ministry of Social Development 

The technical, moral and legal boundaries of workplace drug testing, Samuel Andrews, NZ Drug Foundation

Motivation - Making it stick! Ken McMaster, HMA

Modernising our approach to disability, Claire Stearne & Lagi Moananu, Ministry of Social Development 

 - Lead Toolkit; A guide for Employing Disabled People, Ministry of Social Development

 - Employment Support Practice Guidelines, Ministry of Social Development

Pain, Naomi Faulknor, Habit Group

Legal implications of vocational rehabilitation and occupational assessment,Sam Hack, ACC

Health and Safety and VR, Heather Carnegie, Restaurant Brands Ltd, slides unavailable to share

Attendee Information

Arrival / Registration Desk

Please come to the WA Building of AUT University, 55 Wellesley St, Auckland CBD. Follow the directional signage and you should find our registration desk will be on the Ground Floor. Please check in here on arrival.
This desk will be attended all day by a combination of CDANZ staff and student volunteers.

Transport & Parking

The venue is in the heart of Auckland's CBD so there are many public transport options as well as taxis and ubers in the vicinity.

If you do need to bring your own vehicle the AUT events team recommends you park in the Wilson Carpark at 56 Wakefield St. They have an Early Bird rate of $19 providing you park prior to 10am and remove your vehicles by 8pm.

Other parking options slightly further afield include:

  • The Symonds St Carpark requires a short walk down hill but appears to have a $16 early bird price.
  • The Civic Carpark beneath Aotea Square can be accessed via Lower Greys Ave or Mayoral Drive and requires a short uphill walk to the venue. There is no early bird rate however.

Why should you attend?

This is what previous NZORC attendees have said:

"... the whole day was inspirational. I normally work on my own so was really good to get an opportunity to listen to others talk about the challenges and triumphs of working in this area."

"Strong speakers, great content."

"Great to connect with Vocational Consultants and CDANZ membership generally, and to promote more visible and collaborative working relationships between ACC and CDANZ."

"Very well done and enjoyable; excellent value for money."

"Well done and well run."

"Connecting with other voc rehab therapists and networking. I enjoyed the panel discussion."

"Found it very encouraging, and felt that the work I do is worthwhile after all . Thanks :)"

"Thanks to the hard working organisers who put in a great event - was very pleased to have attended and renewed my interest and determination to work in this, sometimes very challenging, area."


Presenter: Dr Jo Fadyl

Dr Joanna Fadyl is a Senior Lecturer at the AUT School of Clinical Sciences & Deputy Director, Centre for Person Centred Research. She has also been instrumental in the development of NZORC since its launch in 2016.

This year Jo will represent our Official Venue Partner, the AUT School of Clinical Sciences, to open the event. She will also present two programme items:

Presentation: Approaches to Vocational Rehabilitation

While in New Zealand we are most familiar with the ACC model, there is a wide range of vocational rehabilitation approaches for people experiencing injury, illness and disability in New Zealand and abroad. Jo will provide a big picture overview of different approaches to vocational rehabilitation to start our day. 

Presentation: Clients Gaining Employment

Jo will present some key issues in supporting people to gain new employment following injury or illness, informed by a systematic literature review she is currently undertaking with a wide range of collaborators. 

Presenter: Ashleigh McDonnell

Ashleigh is an Occupational Therapist with a passion for supporting New Zealand’s homeless population to live more meaningful lives, through supported employment. Ashleigh is currently working in Vocational Rehabilitation and completing postgraduate study at AUT.

Presentation: A VR Approach to Homelessness

Ashleigh has combined research evidence with her experience of the New Zealand’s Housing First model to propose a service initiative that incorporates adapted HF principles and IPS principles as well as a Maori framework and Occupational Therapy values. This service initiative is aimed to support our homeless population into employment and in turn improve their quality of life. 

Presenter: Sam Hack

Sam Hack, is the Solicitor at ACC. 

Presentation: Legal Implications of vocational rehabilitation and occupational assessment

 Sam will talk through recent cases where occupational assessments that have been discussed in court. Who won? What are the implications for vocational assessors? What can we learn?

Presenter: Heather Carnegie

Heather is the Health and Safety Manager for Restaurant Brands Ltd. This multinational company manages the KFC, Pizza Hutt, Carl’s Junior and Taco Bell brands in New Zealand. Heather will present:

Presentation: Health and Safety in VR

What have recent changes in New Zealand health and safety legislation meant for employers in regards to rehabilitation? Heather explains how her organisation has responded to the changes and what they have learned along the way.

Presenter: Lisa Mcaulay

Lisa Mcaulay is the Regional Manager and Occupational Therapist for Marlborough/Tasman at Fit For Work, and is currently completing a thesis for a master’s degree on multidisciplinary teams of health professionals who deliver vocational rehabilitation.

Lisa will present her research exploring who is involved in a vocational rehabilitation team, how teams describe themselves, how they work effectively together and what prevents effective teamwork.

Following Lisa’s presentation she will be joined by a panel of colleagues to gain their responses and own perspectives effective team work in vocational rehabilitation.

Presenter: Lani Moananu

Lani is the Senior Service Designer for the Ministry of Social Development. Together with her colleague Claire Stearne, Lagi will deliver:

Presentation: MSD Pilots and Trials

Gain an overview of MSDs approach to supporting clients into employment and hear about some of the new pilots and initiatives currently being trialled. 

Lagi and Claire will also deliver :

Workshop: Modernising our approach to disability

Work is underway to modernise MSD’s approach to both supporting disabled clients into work and to being a better employer of disabled people. We will share some of the resources we are using to challenge our peoples’ beliefs about disability and to improve disability awareness in workplaces.

Presenter : Claire Stearne

Claire is the National Manager Contracts for the Ministry of Social Development. Together with her colleague Lagi Moananu, Claire will deliver:

Presentation: MSD Pilots and Trials

Gain an overview of MSDs approach to supporting clients into employment and hear about some of the new pilots and initiatives currently being trialled. 

Workshop: Modernising our approach to disability

Work is underway to modernise MSD’s approach to both supporting disabled clients into work and to being a better employer of disabled people. We will share some of the resources we are using to challenge our peoples’ beliefs about disability and to improve disability awareness in workplaces.

Workshop Presenter : Samuel Andrews

Samuel is the Harm Reduction Projects Advisor at the New Zealand Drug Foundation, based in Auckland. In this role he supports community responses to alcohol and other drugs, leads a culture change programme with the New Zealand Defence Force around their approach to substances, and helped to establish drug checking at festivals. He is currently completing his Masters of Health Science with a focus on reducing drug related harm within the gay community. Samuel is interested in challenging assumptions towards drugs and ensuring responses are evidence based.

 Workshop: The technical, moral and legal boundaries of workplace drug testing.

Drug testing can be used as a health and safety tool in safety sensitive workplaces. However, there are also a number of limitations and important considerations that must be taken into account. This workshop will outline the technical limitations of drug testing; when it is legal and ethical to use drug testing; what your clients can expect from drug testing; and how to support someone who has a positive drug test.

Workshop Presenter: Ken McMaster

Ken has an extensive publishing record and regularly undertakes conference presentations. Ken has worked with behaviour change in a range of contexts, AoD, family violence and sex offending. Ken is MINT trained (Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers) and is currently Chair of MI Oceania, a voluntary group of MINT members tasked with supporting MI practice within Australia and New Zealand.

Workshop: Motivation - Making It Stick

All of us know that people often have the best intentions of following through with change, whether that be adherence to medication, exercise, reduction in substance use, etc. Somewhere along the way this intention drops away which leaves everyone stuck. In this workshop we will explore:

  • Why people say yes to us but never follow though (the basis of amotivation)
  • The number one trap to building motivation – telling people what they need to do
  • Understanding ambivalence and how to shift this
  • Several strategies that enhance motivation through purposeful conversations

Workshop Presenter: Naomi Faulknor

Naomi Faulknor is a Clinical Services Manager at Habit Group. Since joining Habit in 2008, Naomi has worked as a trained Physiotherapist delivering programmes within Vocational rehabilitation and Pain Management and now heads up Habits’ ACC Pain Management service, overseeing the delivery of pain services North Island wide.

Naomi will join our panel discussing The Multidisciplinary Team, and also present:

Workshop: Pain

Pain is a daily challenge for many of our clients during their recovery process and beyond. Habit Group provide vocational rehabilitation services as well as an ACC funded pain management service for clients at risk of or suffering from persistent pain. Gain awareness for the impact pain may be having on your clients ability to return to and maintain work. What to look out for? When to refer? What is the role of the multi-disciplinary team in monitoring and supporting pain management?

Workshop Facilitator: Paula Rewi

Paula Rewi is the Managing Director of Accomplish Vocational Services. She is also the CDANZ Branch Lead in the Hawkes Bay and a member of the CDANZ National Executive. Paula will open the event and also facilitate a workshop discussion:

Workshop: Vocational Consultants - Growing our workforce

Join a discussion on the challenges and opportunities around recruiting vocational consultants. How do we build awareness for the sector, attract the right people and then retain them?

Panel Guest: Dr David Beaumont

 Dr David Beaumont MBChB (Hons), MRCGP, MFOM, FAFOEM, is the Medical Director and Director of Fit For Work Ltd.

David will join our panel discussion on The Multidisciplinary Team, offering his perspective as an occupational physician.

Panel Guest: Gillian Anderson

Gillian is has significant experience in the health sector, starting as a registered nurse in emergency nursing before moving into project based and managerial roles. Gillian has been with ACC for almost six years and is currently a Portfolio Manager.

Gillian will join our panel discussion on The Multidisciplinary Team.

Panel Guest: Paul Fennessy

Paul is Contract Manager of the ACC Back to Work Service for Active Plus, one of the lead suppliers groups. Paul is also the Manager of Focus on Jobs, who deliver Back to Work Services in association with Active Plus throughout the greater Auckland area. Focus on Jobs also provide Occupational Assessment services to ACC. Paul will join the panel discussion on The Multidisciplinary team to give his perspective as a Manager of vocational consultants working in multi-disciplinary teams.


Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities are available now. Contact

Official Venue Partner - AUT School of Clinical Sciences