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Occupational Therapist – Intellectual Disability

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Location: Porirua, Wellington

Contract: Full time, Permanent

Service: Intellectual Disability Forensic Service

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About the role

We currently have an exciting opportunity to work as an Occupational Therapist in the ID Forensic Inpatient Services. The ID Services are made up of: Haumietiketike which is a regional intellectual disability secure forensic unit which has 11 beds. The Cottages has a total of eight beds and are located next to Haumietiketike which is on the Ratonga-Rua-o-Porirua campus in Porirua. In addition the ID Inpatient services includes Hikitia Te Wairua which is the national intellectual disability secure forensic youth unit which has 6 beds. Hikitia Te Wairua is co-located with the Youth Acute Inpatient Mental Health Inpatient Unit (Rangatahi) and the National Secure Youth Forensic Unit in the Centre of Excellence at Kenepuru Hospital.

The OT will provide safe and clinically effective patient/client assessment and intervention. You will be joining a small occupational therapy team in the ID Service.

Intellectual Disability (ID) Forensic Services is part of the 3 DHB Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service Directorate. It has adult, youth and community services.

Skills & Experience

  • New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist with a current APC
  • Full Drivers Licence
  • Strong service user focus.
  • Basic group facilitation skills
  • Mental health and intellectual disability experience

You must be able to pass a police and MOJ check and have no criminal convictions.

About our organisation

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu.

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.

The Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Service

The Regional Intellectual Disability Secure Service provides secure (inpatient) care and rehabilitation services for male and female adults and adolescents who have a diagnosed intellectual disability and have committed often serious offences. Our clients are usually Care Recipients or Special Care Recipients under the Intellectual Disability (Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation) Act, 2003 who have been convicted or found unfit to stand trial.

The service is staffed by a team of clinicians from medical, nursing, allied health and support work backgrounds. We also have management and administrative staff.

The maximum number of clients in our inpatient services is 27 people. The length of stay for each client varies, and in more recent years orders have been made for an average of two years.

To ensure that our clients receive the best possible care and rehabilitation, the RIDSS has developed a Model of Care that draws on the strengths of our clients and each discipline within the multidisciplinary team. This framework incorporates the Good Lives Model of offender rehabilitation, a comprehensive risk assessment structure, a Positive Behaviour Support approach to direct care, and a formal staff supervision and education programme.

The RIDSS is part of the broader 3DHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS), which spans the Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast DHBs and includes local, regional, and national services.

How to apply

Applications will not be accepted via email. All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. For further information on this role, please email

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