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Occupational Therapist

North Community Mental Health Team


  • Permanent, full-time - 40 hours per week (1.0FTE)

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.

About the team

North Community Mental Health team provide care, support and treatment for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness.

About the role and you

You will be a registered Occupational Therapist, ideally with experience, to work with the North Community Mental Health team, based at Dunedin Hospital in Dunedin. In this role you will work in an outreach capacity and a clinic model, providing time limited support to clients in the community. You will act as a key worker for a defined caseload, achieving quality mental health outcomes.

You will have sound skills in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation. As an excellent communicator you will thrive on having the opportunity to build and develop relationships with a wide range of disciplines, you will have excellent organising and time management skills, and you'll also need to have a client centred approach and a strong recovery focus.

In this role you will work alongside experienced clinical staff and be an integral member of the team.

Ideally, you'll bring to this role experience working within a community adult mental health environment, exceptional communication skills, your non-judgmental attitude and your positive manner.

This is a permanent, full-time role, requiring a New Zealand Registered Occupational Therapist, a current annual practicing certificate, and a clean full driver's licence.

All employees of the Southern District Health Board working within Mental Health and Addiction Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to 'The Seven Real Skills'(Te Pou Workforce Development, see

Closing date: Sunday, 20 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)