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Occupational Therapists

New Graduate Occupational Therapy Rotational Programme

MHAIDS Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, 32 hours per week (0.8FTE)
  • Great opportunity to start your OT career!

About You / About the role

A very exciting opportunity now exists in the Southern DHB for two new entry registered occupational therapists to kick start their occupational therapy careers in mental health. This new graduate rotational programme is a brand-new initiative that has been developed to provide supportive, hands-on learning under the direction of an OT Clinical Coach. There will also be the opportunity to undertake at no cost, post-graduate education (Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences [Mental Health and Addictions]) via the New Entry to Specialist Programme. In addition to working alongside an experienced OT Clinical Coach, each rotational OT position will work be an integral member of the experienced clinical team in each of the service areas.

You will be a new graduate registered Occupational Therapist with a current annual practising certificate, and a clean full driver's licence. There are two rotational positions, each rotation will be for a period of 12-months, you will rotate through two teams spending 12 months in each team.

The teams

North Community Mental Health Team, based at Dunedin Hospital, Dunedin

The North Community Mental Health team provide care, support and treatment for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. In this role you will work in an outreach capacity and a clinic model, providing time limited support to clients in the community. You will act as a Key Worker for a defined caseload, achieving quality mental health outcomes.

Adult Intensive and Acute Mental Health Inpatient Unit, Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

The Adult Intensive Care Mental Health Inpatient Unit provides care within a 15-bed admission unit. You'll join an expert multidisciplinary clinical team who provide input to consumers who require comprehensive assessment and/or treatment. The majority of consumers present with serious complex mental health issues. This role will involve morning, afternoon and evening hours. 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. You will also work alongside another occupational therapist to provide occupational therapy input to inpatient consumers.

In both positions you will demonstrate skills in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation. As an excellent communicator you will thrive on having the opportunity to build and develop relationships with a wide range of disciplines, you will have excellent organising and time management skills, and you'll also need to have a client centred approach and a strong recovery focus.

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

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

The location

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. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Tuesday, 19 October 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 our internal careers site, found here:Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

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