Margot Forrest is an Occupational Therapist (OT) who commenced her career with Auckland District Health Board in 1975 – 1977 where she gained wide experience in mental health, including acute admissions, adolescent services, group psychotherapy, couples counselling and family therapy. This was followed by 6 years living and working oversees.
Margot immigrated to Canada 1978, spending 1 year working in long term psychiatry in Northern Ontario and more than 3 years working at Lions Gate Hospital, Vancouver. Here she progressed into physical medicine working across a wide range of services including; orthopaedics, medicine and surgery, neurology, hand therapy and splinting, outpatient education programs for people with back injuries / surgery, respiratory conditions and diabetes. Prior to returning to New Zealand (NZ) in early 1984, Margot took over the management of this Occupational Therapy service for 1 year.
The Occupational Therapy Advisor, Ministry of Health (MOH), NZ, invited Margot to take up employment as a Consultant Occupational Therapist, 18months. Initially this was a hands’ on clinical and advisory role at Lake Alice Hospital for a period of 9 months; setting up community re-integration services, re-vamp all in hospital OT services, establishing a staff training program and engaging in hospital wide planning as part of the hospital management team. Margot then moved to Wellington and worked in liaison with the MOH team to visit and evaluate OT services throughout NZ.
From mid 1985 through to 1991, Margot managed OT Services at Hutt Hospital, Wellington Hospital Board / Area Health Board (WAHB), managing an OT staff of 25FTE, actively involved in expansion of hospital services (physical and mental health) and contributed to the NZ school of OT as a guest speaker, exam evaluator / marker and for 1 to 2 years of this time she was the WAHB professional advisor. She engaged in a range of short term OT roles between the years 1995 through 1998 offering staff supervision at Mary Potter Hospice and covering clinical roles at a number of the WAHB hospitals, then Tauranga Hospital.
Margot took on non OT roles as a health promoter for the “Heart Foundation of NZ” and a residential manager for IHC from 1998 through 2009.
Margot then moved to Northland and her current role since late 2009 is as an Independent Occupational Therapist consulting to Active Intervention Management (AIM), predominantly carrying out Vocational contracts for ACC.
“AIM offers a high quality professional service to clients in the Northland region. The OT directors and team of health professionals offer positive encouragement, guidance and support to enhance service delivery.”
- Diploma of Occupational Therapy
Professional Affiliation & Registration
- NZ Pain society
25 years clinical & managerial OT experience
Skills and Experience
- Broad Occupational Therapy experience & knowledge (physical, mental health, intellectual disability, and education)
- Sound knowledge & skills relating to human dynamics, behaviours, health & wellness and group processes
- Excellent knowledge of environmental impacts and how these affect people and their wellness
- Understand systems and can analyse and implement changes in order to realise human potential
- Conducting worksite assessments and job analyses
- Developing and monitoring graduated return to work programmes
- Managing return to work activities in both compensable and non-compensable settings
- Amputee Management