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Occupational Therapist - Nikau Hauora Hub, Community Mental Health

Location: Nikau Hauora Hub, Nelson city

Permanent, full-time position

  • A varied role based in the community and working across the inpatient and community continuum
  • Great team! Sense of humour welcome!

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

You will be based in the Nikau Hauora Hub; a multi-agency, community resource centre for people with mental health challenges. You will provide group and individual interventions at the Hub and across the community. There is a strong focus on wellbeing, resilience and recovery.

This role will link regularly with the allied health team based in the community and in our inpatient unit, Wahi Oranga, assisting tangata whaiora to transition to community supports.

This is a permanent, full-time position working 80 hours a fortnight. Your hours of work will generally be between 8.00AM and 4:30PM, Monday to Friday. This is a varied role that includes group work, education, clinical assessments, and professional liaison.

In Nelson/Tasman secondary care adult mental health services are delivered by an established multi-disciplinary team based at Nelson hospital. This team works in close association with partner services to deliver a comprehensive clinical resource to those affected by mental illness.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

As our ideal candidate you will:

  • be an enthusiastic, and recovery focused NZ registered Occupational Therapist
  • have well-developed people skills, and a client-centred approach to practice
  • bring experience working in a mental health environment, with both groups and individuals
  • bring confidence, a good sense of humour and great networking skills.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough's largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

As well as working within the MDT based at Nikau Hauora Hub you will be part of a supportive team of occupational therapists and allied health assistants committed to high quality client centred care. There is a strong focus on recovery and supporting tangata whaiora to access supports in the wider Nelson and Tasman communities. The role will have a focus on physical as well as mental wellbeing.

This is a dedicated occupational therapy role within a team focused on holistic health care and aligned to the principles of Te Whare Tapa Whā. It's an exciting opportunity to be a part of an evolving service with a positive team environment. We offer flexibility with rostering and hours, and we are supportive of professional development and career progression.

Based in Nelson - outdoor pursuits from skiing to scuba diving and everything in between are catered for and the region is well known for its world class wineries, arts and crafts, relaxed lifestyle and national parks. For more information on the Nelson/ Tasman region visit

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

Keen to apply now, it's easy. Please click apply now and fill in our online application form.

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. Alternatively, for role specific information please contact Richard Savill, Occupational Therapy Coordinator on or 027 246 0431.


Applications close on Sunday, 12 September 2021.

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.