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Occupational Therapist

Forensic Mental Health Service

Wakari Hospital

  • Permanent, part-time 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week) however could possibly be full time (40 hours per week)
  • An exciting opportunity has arisen for an Occupational Therapist to join the Forensic Mental Health Service

About us

Ward 9A at Wakari Hospital is a 13 bed medium secure unit, it is the inpatient unit for Otago and Southland for those persons who are in the Justice system and require assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. A full complement of a multidisciplinary team delivers a range of therapeutic services and programmes in this setting. Ward 9A has a strong emphasis on linking people with families / whanau and support persons and reintegration into the wider community.

Our aim is to provide a safe environment and to plan care that meets individual needs. This includes maintaining links with family and friends whose on-going support and input is often of vital importance to the provision of care.

About the position

In this position you will initially work on Ward 9A (medium secure unit) predominantly with patients, referred for assessment and/or treatment, from the courts and/or prison setting. Increasingly we provide a rehabilitative role in assisting patients with complex needs to reintegrate into their community. Working with patients in this phase of their journey is an important component of the Occupational Therapists role. There may also be provision in the future for the Occupational Therapists role to extend to working with patients living in the community.

Working as the Occupational Therapist you will provide discipline specific assessment, treatment and interventions to patients and participate actively in the Therapeutic Programme. You will also actively contribute as a functional and committed member of the multi-disciplinary team.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Occupational Therapist, with previous experience of working in the mental health sector. You will have well developed and proven group facilitation and communication skills and be an effective time-manager.

We provide a thorough orientation to the role and will support your ongoing professional development needs.

If you want to make a difference, hold a positive attitude and a strong sense of self-awareness and personal resilience we encourage you to apply for this position.

To practice in a hospital setting within New Zealand, you must be registered with the Occupational Therapists Board of New Zealand and hold an Annual Practicing Certificate. You must also be eligible to work in New Zealand.

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.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Thursday, 10 June 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)