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Occupational Therapist – Rural and Community Services

Organisation Waikato DHB
Area, City Hamilton
Advert reference HAM00523
Contact person Taylor Spence
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Permanent/temporary Fixed term: May 2022
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 30-05-2021


Occupational Therapist – Rural and Community Services 


Where you’ll be working: Rural and Community Services Occupational Therapy, Hamilton and surrounding areas

The details: Fixed Term to May 2022, 40 hours per week (1 FTE)

An exciting opportunity has become available for an occupational therapist to join the Rural and Community Services Occupational Therapy team at Waikato District Health Board.

About the role:

In this role, you will provide occupational therapy services to clients within their home environment. This position is to support Rural and Community Services Occupational Therapy team where there is a demand for additional support and to cover when there are vacancies. Therefore, your base, where you work from, will vary and will need to drive to that location. (Usually Hamilton or a community services base located a half hour approx. from Hamilton).


Required skills & experience:

  • A positive, flexible attitude

  • The ability to work autonomously as well as part of a team

  • Excellent time management skills

  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills

  • Ideally have wheelchair, equipment and home modification skills/knowledge, but training and support will be provided. 

  • Full driver’s licence

  • We provide regular clinical supervision and have a commitment to continuous professional development.


We welcome applications from qualified occupational therapists who hold registration to practice with the OT Board of NZ. If you would like to discuss this position further before applying please call Debbie Gibson, Occupational Therapy Manager on 021 969712.   


Why us:

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

We plan, fund and provide health and disability support services to a population of more than 400,000. We run five hospitals across the district – a tertiary hospital in Hamilton, a secondary hospital in Thames, and three rural hospitals in Te Kuiti, Taumarunui, and Tokoroa.

Waikato Hospital in Hamilton is one of New Zealand’s largest tertiary, teaching hospitals with over 600 inpatient beds and 22 operating theatres. Clinical specialities include Women’s and Children Services, Cardiology / Cardiothoracic Surgery, Oncology and Haematology, Surgical services, and Mental Health and Addiction. Waikato Hospital is the Midland regional referral centre for multiple specialties including trauma surgery, oncology, and neurology.

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 here: http://tas-adhbrac.taleo.net/careersection/.wai_ext/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=HAM00523

For any queries about the role please contact Taylor Spence at [email protected]


Application closing date: 30 May 2021


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