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Occupational Therapists

Ward 9b

Adult Intensive and Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

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  • Full-time position (40 hrs per week) - morning, afternoon and evening hours

About the Southern DHB

Here at Southern DHB, we're up to the challenge of realising our vision of Better Health, Better Lives, Whanau Ora, and to help us achieve this we're very focused on bringing into our organisation people who display our values of being kind, open and positive, with a sense of community.

Covering the largest geographical area of all the District Health Boards, Southern DHB exists to support everyone across our district to live well and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities. Located South of the Waitaki River our catchment area encompasses Invercargill city, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District, and Dunedin city.

About the team

The Adult Intensive Care Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Wakari Hospital provides care within a 15-bed admission unit.You'll join an expert multi-disciplinary clinical team that provides input to consumers who require comprehensive assessment and/or treatment. The majority of consumers present with serious complex mental health issues.

About the role

We have an opportunity for an Occupational Therapist to join an expert multidisciplinary clinical team on Ward 9b. It is expected that you will provide a discipline-specific perspective through the facilitation and delivery of the occupational therapy process, including assessments, treatment planning, and interventions for consumers admitted to the unit. This takes place in both group and individual settings.

In this role you will work alongside experienced clinical staff and be an integral member of the team. You will also work alongside another occupational therapist to provide occupational therapy input to inpatient consumers.

The role will cover an extended period of input to the ward between 7.00 am to 9:30 pm Monday to Friday working with another Occupational Therapist. This is a full-time position however, part-time may be considered. Hours may be varied with an agreement to both parties.

About you

Ideally you'll bring to this role an ability to work within an adult mental health environment, exceptional communication skills, your non-judgemental attitude, and your positive manner.

It is also is an opportunity for a new graduate occupational therapist to gain experience of acute mental health within a supportive clinical group.

To be considered for this role you will require New Zealand Registration as an Occupational Therapist, hold a current annual practising certificate, and a clean full driver's licence and have met the requirements of the New Zealand Vulnerable Children's Act.

All employees of the Southern District Health Board working within Mental Health and Addiction Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to 'The Seven Real Skills'(Te Pou Workforce Development, see

The Southern district offers something for everyone check out what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

The location

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first-class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing, skiing, hunting or fishing, theatre, live music or art - there's literally something for everyone.Check out what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

It's a great place with a great lifestyle!

Closing date: Sunday, 15 August 2021.

Due to the fast-paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB?If so, please apply for this role via the internal careers site.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous public service departments and statutory Crown entities only)