Fieldwork 2

Fieldwork 2 is a longitudinal non ‘clinical’  placement that occurs in year 1. The student attends an organisation based in either Dunedin or Hamilton such as a school, rest home or community group once a week for 12 weeks. The students have group supervision facilitated by an Occupational Therapy lecturer. The placement focuses on students developing knowledge about the purpose and facilitation of occupations as well as communication, collaboration and reflective skills.


6.5 on-site hours per week for 14 weeks (90 hours)

The aim of this course is to enable learners to develop and maintain relationships, participate alongside others, and facilitate occupation within communities.

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Discuss the occupational identity of self and others within communities.
  2. Demonstrate participation in and facilitation of occupations that meet need(s) within a placement setting.
  3. Explain how the placement setting sustains a sense of place and community within bicultural New Zealand.
  4. Demonstrate communication and relationship building skills in diverse populations.



Fieldwork 5 

Fieldwork 5 is it is final placement undertaken by third year students. In pairs, they partner with a community agency based in either Hamilton or Dunedin to complete a project that solves an identified need within that agency. Students are supervised by an Occupational Therapy lecturer. This project develops students ability to work collaboratively, use project management skills, apply theory to practice and problem solve.


17.5 on-site hours per week for 8 weeks (140 hours)

This course enables learners to apply occupational therapy knowledge and skills and sustain professional behaviours and attitudes at a consistent level.

At the successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Justify an occupational focus to selected health, well-being and community development initiatives.
  2. Promote the role of the occupational therapist and the profession's domain of concern using evidence informed practice within the local context.
  3. Practice occupational therapy within a defined population at a consistent level* across identified areas of competence.