Hello! I am Hazel and I am a third year occupational therapy student researching the need for and understanding the benefits of peer support and how we, as new graduates, can utilise it once we are out in the big wide world.

Abstract: In a variety of studies conducted throughout New Zealand, it is stated that new graduate occupational therapists (OT) struggle to experience strong role identity and value within their first year of work. It is also stated that good interpersonal relationships can assist with the development of ones professional identity (Morley, 2009) (Smith & Pilling, 2007) (Tryssenaar & Perkins, 1999). What are the benefits of and what are some ways we can utilise peer support in our future practice as occupational therapists?


Peer support [Online image]. (2015). Retrieved July 31, 2015 from www.volition.org.uk

Morley, M. (2009). Contextual factors that have an impact on the transitional experience of newly qualified occupational therapists. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(11), 507-514.

Smith, R. A., Pilling, S. (2007). Allied health graduate program- supporting the transition from student to professional in an interdisciplinary program. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 21(3), 265-276.

Tryssenaar, J., Perkins, J. (1999). From student to therapist: Exploring the first year of practice. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy.


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