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Occupational Therapy Clinical Coach

MHAIDS Dunedin

  • Fixed-term (two years), or Secondment opportunity to December 2023
  • 16 hours per week (0.4FTE)

About the role and you

A unique exciting opportunity now exists for an experienced, inspiring, passionate registered Occupational Therapist to work alongside two new entry occupational therapists embarking on a brand new OT rotational programme in the mental health service in Dunedin.

This is a two-year, fixed-term appointment and will involve the provision of supportive hands-on learning to new graduate occupational therapists across two clinical teams:

The North Community Mental Health team, who provide care, support and treatment for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness.The second clinical team is based in the Adult Intensive Care Mental Health Inpatient Unit, which provides care within a 15-bed admission unit providing input to consumers who require comprehensive assessment and/or treatment. The majority of consumers in this unit present with serious complex mental health issues.

As an OT Clinical Coach, you will use your knowledge of adult teaching principles, modelling and mentorship techniques to provide onsite expert guidance, support, clinical practice and coaching to enable the growth and development of the two new graduates.You will also have the opportunity to function as preceptor and supervisor by assisting with professional development planning, assignment work, and the provision of guidance with clinical reasoning and specific practice issues.This is in relation to both clinical practice and post graduate study.Evidence-based practice is key in this role, and you will act as a role model for advanced practice and skills, ensuring your practice is realistic and based on best practice.

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.

Now is also 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. Why don’t you check out what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

The location

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, a competitive cost of living and outstanding recreational opportunities.Whether it’s kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone.

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Closing date: Sunday, 24 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)

To Apply: We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: