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Occupational Therapist – Older Persons and Rehabilitation

Organisation Waikato DHB
Area, City Waikato
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Contact person Taylor Spence at [email protected]
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Closing date for applications 08-04-2021


Occupational Therapist – Older Persons and Rehabilitation


Where you’ll be working: Older Persons and Rehabilitation (OPR), Waikato Hospital

The details: Permanent, 38 hours per week (0.95 FTE)


Join our great OPR team for the opportunity to work alongside our clients throughout their health journey


About the role:

We are seeking an innovative therapist to join the Waikato Older Persons and Rehabilitation (OPR) team, who has a particular interest in older persons rehabilitation. We are based in a purpose built rehabilitation unit to provide collaborative services with OPR and mental health for older persons.

The Older Persons and Rehabilitation team has an opportunity currently within the inpatient service. These service includes an inpatient orthopaedic rehab ward; an inpatient comprehensive stroke unit; a general inpatient rehab ward; outpatient clinics; including memory and fatigue and falls programmes. Staff work across all areas of service to gain specialist skills in rehabilitation. Some areas may include weekend shift work.


About you

As the ideal person for this role, you will have the following skills and attributes;

  • Registration and current annual practicing certificate (or in the process of obtaining) with Te Poari Whakaora Ngangahau o Aotearoa (the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand).
  • An ability to live and lead the Waikato DHB values of Whakamana (Give and earn respect), Whakarongo (Listen to me; talk to me), Mauri Pai (Fair Play), Whakapakari (Growing the good), Kotahitanga (Stronger Together).
  • A commitment to achieving excellent clinical outcomes based on quality service delivery and outstanding and empathetic patients care.
  • Ability to manage a complex caseload of patients.
  • Experience working with the elderly
  • A minimum of 3 years experience within Occupational therapy
  • A minimum of 2 year experience in rehabilitation.
  • Experience supervising student and junior practitioners, preferred but not essential
  • An ability to work autonomously
  • A strong team focus, and excellent communication and inter-personal skills.
  • A full clean New Zealand drivers license.

This position is Children’s Worker, as defined by the Children’s Act (2014), and as such appropriate screening will be conducted.

For further information regarding the role, please contact Megan on [email protected]


About Waikato DHB and the Allied Health Service:

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand. 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 Maori communities.

Allied Health is a department of the Waikato DHB that provides Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy, Speech & Language Therapy, Dietetic, Audiology & New Born Hearing screening, Social Work, and Psychology services. Staff within these professions are all involved in direct client care and work in a wide range of situations to improve the health and wellbeing of the people they work with. Their work includes people who are acutely unwell in hospital, or requiring rehabilitation for serious illness or injury, people who have chronic illness or disability and need to improve functional independence and quality of life. Allied Health staff work in partnership with individuals and their family/whanau to facilitate relationships and a smooth journey through the healthcare system.

A wide range of education, training and learning opportunities are offered to our allied health staff, for more information click here


Why Waikato: Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato click here  


Your application:

Please apply directly online here: https://tas-adhbrac.taleo.net/careersection/.wai_ext/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=wai16874

Applications are not able to be accepted via email. For any queries about the application process please contact Taylor Spence in the Recruitment Team at [email protected]


Application closing date: 8 April 2021


Position description



Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui

  • Give and earn respect – Whakamana
  • Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo
  • Fair play – Mauri Pai
  • Growing the good – Whakapakari
  • Stronger together – Kotahitanga

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