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Occupational Therapy Assistant- Puna Maatai

Where you’ll be working: Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre – Puawai Midland Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service

The details: Permanent – 80 hours per fortnight

We are seeking someone who shows initiative, creativity and the ability to work with a range of age groups and cultures as part of our multidisciplinary team

About the service:

Puna Maatai is a sub-acute forensic mental health unit that supports service user/Tangata Whaiora recovery with a focus on meeting individuals’ rehabilitation needs.

About the role:

You will work under the direction of our Occupational Therapists to follow through with programmes, groups and 1:1 interventions with minimal supervision.

Required skills & experience:

• a dynamic and motivated individual, who has a passion for working with people experiencing mental health issues and has experience working in a mental health setting

• a great team player with a positive attitude, who displays initiative and good attention to details

• the ability to facilitate ward-based activities and groups in the purpose built workshop, creative activities/crafts, gardening, etc

• can provide rehabilitation support for service users/Tangata Whaiora such as gaining independent living skills, gaining vocational skills, under the delegation of the occupational therapist/registered health professional/MDT

• excellent communication skills with a commitment to ongoing education and development.

• a current full drivers licence.

• experience working in secure environments (advantage but not essential).

What we can offer you as part of our service:

• Work within a supportive multidisciplinary team with a recovery focus.

• Working with experienced and specialised occupational therapist team.

• Work as a member of the multidisciplinary team assisting the registered staff regarding decisions with respect to service users rehabilitation programmes and clinical risk assessment.

• Encouragement of training and continuous professional development.

• Be part of a progressive service which promotes speciality area and career development.

• Regular supervision.

• Support and in-service training with the wider Mental Health and Addictions occupational therapy service.

• The opportunity to develop effective, sustained therapeutic relationships and support people as they progress on their recovery journey.

Why us:

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Your application:

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.

For specific queries about the role, please contact Robyn Payne at

Application closing date: 27 June 2021


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