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Allied Health Assistant (Activities Assistant)

Allied Health Assistant (Activities Assistant) - Intellectual Disability Service

Wakari Hospital

  • Permanent, full-time position 40 hours per week

About the team

The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital, high above Dunedin with stunning views of the city and ocean. The IDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a - a 12 bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage - a four bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and the Community Liaison team. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists.

About you

Working within the Intellectual Disability Service at Wakari Hospital as our Activity Assistant, you’ll be an integral member of the team. We are keen to further develop our vocational programme for our patient group and you’ll work alongside the Occupational Therapist and other staff assisting in the planning, organising, implementation and evaluation of the therapeutic programme on the ward that provides people opportunities to engage in psycho-educational, skills based, social and leisure groups. These are designed to enhance quality of life and independence for people with intellectual disabilities and encourage and support client participation and rehabilitation.

To be considered for this role you must be able to demonstrate an affinity for working with people with intellectual disabilities across the life span and be able to remain calm when challenging situations arise. You should also have very good interpersonal and communication skills; be well organised and possess good time management skills.

If you have an interest in working with a diverse and challenging group of people by means of engaging them in meaningful and purposeful activities, then we look forward to hearing from you! Applicants with an interest in creative arts, outdoor activities or who have practical skills and the energy and enthusiasm to share their skill with others is advantageous.

You will be rewarded with an environment that will support your career development while working within a multi-disciplinary team. Further training and coaching while on the job will be provided by our skilled team.

A full clean driver's licence is also required.

The location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat! Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages. Some of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance. To find out more about living here please click the following link:

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Sunday, 8 August 2021

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting/Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

To apply: We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: