One of OT4OT’s very own announced as finalist in Pearson Award

A big congratulations to Merrolee Penman who has been announced as one of three finalists in the inaugural Pearson ‘Always Learning’ award for Occupational Therapy.

A media release from Pearson stated:

The judges, made up of representatives from the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists and Pearson Clinical Assessment, were impressed by the diversity of the applications and how they reflected the broad areas of practice in which occupational therapists can play a role in helping people.

Having previously worked in a World Federation of Occupational Therapy (WFOT) Project to support the development of Chinese Occupational Therapy Educators knowledge of Occupational Therapy, Merrolee would like to use the prize winnings to join the first study tour to China organised by Otago Polytechnic.

“With this tour I would be able to meet some of the Occupational Therapy Educators I first met in the WFOT Project in 2011 to gain an understanding of their learning needs, and consider ways in which Otago Polytechnic may be able to assist these Educators to engage in the study opportunities we offer,” says Merrolee.

On terms of what happens from here the press release says:

“There were a lot of interesting project ideas,” explains Pearson General Manager Anne Madden. “But one of the factors that helped distinguish the top three was that each finalist’s project aimed to develop an area of work that is not well established in the NZ occupational therapy community.”

Each finalist will now go through a rigorous interview process whereby judges will each rank the finalists then compare and discuss their rankings in order to decide on the overall winner and grant recipient.

The winner will be announced on Thursday 26 April and will be publicly acknowledged at the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists bi-annual conference in Hamilton in September. The prize is a $5,000 grant to support further study in the winner’s chosen area of interest.

This is a tremendous achievement to be selected as a finalist and I can guarantee that you will have the support of the 400+ members of MH4OT willing you to win the prize!

More information on the Merrolee’s project Summary can be found here:



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