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Occupational Therapist Support Worker - Intellectual Disability

Location: Porirua

Contract: Monday – Wednesday and Saturday and Sunday 11am-7.30pm (Penal rates will apply)

Services: Intellectual Disability Service (ID)

Applications will be reviewed as they come in. Apply now.


Are you looking for your next career move, where no two days are same?

ID Forensic Services are seeking a dynamic and diverse ‘Jack of all trades’ OT Support Worker to join the team. Do you come with a variety of practical life skills and experiences? You will be a ‘go getter’ and willing to share experience and skills with our clients - willing to get on with the job of helping out and mucking in, a self-starter who is able to arrange projects, activities and run groups. If this sounds like you, please apply to become a part of our cutting edge team.


  • Good written and oral English, communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Flexible, adaptable and have excellent time management skills.
  • Have the ability to work under direction and also be proactive in carrying out tasks independently and in a culturally safe way.
  • Demonstrate the ability to work in stressful and changing situations.
  • Basic group facilitation & problem solving skills.
  • Some care giving background.
  • Mental health and intellectual disability experience.
  • The skills to undertake craft, gardening, carpentry/mechanical projects with clients.
  • The ability to run activity based groups for service users and work one on one


  • At least NZQA level 3 or higher certificate or equivalent qualification or willingness to work towards this qualification (for the right candidate)
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Hold a full drivers’ licence.
  • Able to pass a police and MOJ check and have no criminal convictions.


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 broader3DHB 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.

Our service embraces diversity. We welcome applications from people of all gender identities, ages, ethnicities and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

CCDHB is a pro-equity Health Organisation, with a particular focus on Māori and Pacific Peoples.


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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