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Occupational Therapist

Organisation Southern District Health Board
Area, City Southland
Advert reference 058857
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Permanent/temporary Temporary
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 23-06-2019


Mental Health Inpatient unit

Southland Hospital
•Full-time, fixed-term position (40 hours per week)
•Providing maternity leave cover for up to 12 months

About the team

The Inpatient Mental Health unit is a purpose-built modern facility where care is provided by a multidisciplinary team with a broad background of experience. We work in close partnership with community teams, allied health care professionals and local education providers to facilitate a working environment that is supportive, challenging and reflects evidence of ongoing professional growth whilst meeting the needs of a diverse population with mental illness.

The geographic region we serve is unique and so we see a hugely varied caseload.

About the role / about you

This role will see you working across both the Mental Health Inpatient unit (0.8 FTE) and the Community Mental Health Team (0.2FTE) providing care, support and treatment for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. You will have sound 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 organisational and time management skills, and you’ll also need to have a client centred approach and a strong recovery focus.

In this role you will work alongside experienced clinical staff and be an integral member of the team.

Ideally, you’ll bring to this role experience working with people experiencing mental health illness, you will have exceptional communication skills, a non-judgmental attitude and a positive manner.

This is a fixed-term, full-time role, requiring a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist, a current annual practicing certificate, a clean full driver’s licence and you will have met the requirements of NZ Vulnerable Children’s Act.

The location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat! Invercargill is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary), affordable housing and many activities available for all ages. Some of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance. Whether it’s surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whānau.

Closing date: Sunday, 23 June 2019.

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: www.southerndhb.govt.nz/careers/

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