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Occupational Therapist - Forensic Rehabilitation

Where you’ll be working: Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre - Forensic Rehabilitation, Puna Poipoi

The details: Permanent – 80 hours per fortnight

Would you like to be part of a mental health service where the primary focus is a recovery approach and where loved ones can entrust you with their family/whanau member?

Are you energetic and creative, flexible, proactive and have a can-do approach…

We have an exciting opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to become part of our inpatient team.

About the service:

The mental health and addictions service deliver a variety of services across the Waikato region. We are a service undertaking a huge programme of change to deliver better outcomes to tāngata whai ora and whānau in our region. Nga iwi Ngakaunui - people at the heart is demonstrated best in mental health and addictions, people really are at the heart of all that we do. We know how important strong relationships are; with people who access our services, with their whānau and with the communities we serve.

About the role:

This area of work can be both demanding and very rewarding.

Your role would include working alongside a multi-disciplinary team and in partnership with our tāngata whai ora to provide support in their forensic rehab journey. Mental Health and Addictions services strategic vision is to improve the health, independence and quality of life for consumers who experience a mental illness. The philosophy that underpins this is one of hope, compassion and use of therapeutic self to support the consumer through their journey towards recovery.

Should you be the successful candidate, you would become a part of a supportive and dedicated team where educational opportunities are supported.

Required skills & experience:

• Exhibit a person centred approach

• Have a passion for working in mental health and addictions

• Be innovative and work effectively within a multidisciplinary team

• Well-developed time management skills with the ability to coordinate and prioritise tasks

• Be able to contribute to care planning with confidence in the delivery of OT assessments and interventions

• Demonstrates strong clinical skills and strength in organisation and communication

• Strong group facilitation skills

• Hold a current drivers licence

• Hold a current annual practicing certificate.

Please click here to view the position description.


The Waikato District Health Board Health & Safety has a policy that includes ensuring that you comply with the Health Order announced 11 October 2021 and with the Waikato DHB’s Vaccine Preventable Diseases for Employees policy. The policy prescribes the required vaccinations including COVID19 for all employees of Waikato DHB. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory before you commence employment.

Why us:

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.

Why Waikato:

Waikato is the fourth largest region in New Zealand and located just south of Auckland. It features a wide range of world-class outdoor and cultural experiences. You can surf the world-famous beaches of Raglan, swim at the beautiful beaches of the Coromandel, hike our majestic mountain ranges, tour the Hobbiton shire, experience the magic of the Waitomo glowworm caves, and encounter a vast array of flora and fauna at the remarkable Maungatautari Ecological Reserve. Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton is New Zealand’s largest metropolitan inland city. Hamilton’s vibrant city centre and rich cultural mix makes it an ideal place to experience the authentic friendly Kiwi lifestyle.

Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato here

Your application:

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.

For any queries about the role please contact Heidi Weber – Charge Nurse Manager on 027 406 6231.

Application closing date: 13 March 2022

Values Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui

• Give and earn respect - Whakamana

• Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo

• Fair play – Mauri Pai

• Growing the good – Whakapakari

• Stronger together – Kotahitanga