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Occupational Therapist

Intellectual Disability Service

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, full-time (40hours/week)
  • Challenging but highly rewarding role
  • Easy commute / Affordable lifestyle

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.

Ward 10a is a medium secure 12 bed inpatient service for Intellectually Disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, whom require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.

About you / About the role

To be an effective Occupational Therapist and to fit well into our dedicated team, you will have sound skills in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation, ideally from having worked in a Mental Health setting previously. But what will be most evident in your CV will be your client centred approach and your passion for working with people with an intellectual disability.

As an excellent communicator you will thrive on having the opportunity to build and develop relationships with a wide range of disciplines. You'll be actively involved in individual and group therapy programmes and be responsible for ensuring appropriate activity programmes for our diverse client group. You will work alongside health professionals and ward staff including two activity assistants to deliver these programmes. To ensure the continued wellbeing of your clients through best practice, you'll liaise extensively with fellow Occupational Therapists throughout SouthernDHB.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical skills on a shift by shift basis. You will be working alongside patients in a complex environment to meet their identified needs in a multi-disciplinary setting. The emphasis is on the delivery of safe client focused care in an ever changing dynamic setting.

Please note that we are only able to consider your application if you:

  • to be considered, you must be registered with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand and have a current annual practising certificate.

The location

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! If you're not from Dunedin then perhaps you don't know just how good we have it here? With excellent amenities, schooling - primary through to Otago University, housing, recreation, great food and wine, outstanding nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to mountain. At the top of our list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is 'the lifestyle', somewhere you can have true work life balance. Check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

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.

Closing date: Sunday, 29 May 2022.

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.

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Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email caroline.godfrey@southerndhb.govt.nz

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)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated and have received a booster vaccine against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/job-invite/13109/