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Occupational Therapist - Community Forensics

Where you'll be working: Puawai – Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service, Mental Health and Addictions Service

The details: Permanent, 40 hours per week (1 FTE), Monday - Friday

We are seeking an experienced Occupational Therapist to join our Puawai Midland Regional Community Forensic Service. You will work within a multi-disciplinary team both in the prison and community settings.

We are look for someone who has the following skills:

  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as part of a team.
  • Experience of working collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Well-developed skills in comprehensive and mental health and risk assessment. Forensic experience is preferable.
  • Skills in effective documentation of clinical assessments and interventions, including formulation.
  • A strong recovery focus and a sensitivity of cultural aspects of mental health and the ability to apply the Treaty of Waitangi principles into practice.
  • A positive and flexible attitude.

Why us:

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand.

We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Your application:

Please apply directly online via the Waikato DHB website. For any enquiries about the role please contact Margaret Burns-Carroll (Charge Nurse Manager) on 021 225 3315.

Application closing date: 20 June 2021


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