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Occupational Therapist – South Community Mental Health Team

Organisation Southern DHB
Area, City Otago
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Contact person Caroline Godfrey
Contact website and/or email

[email protected]

Contact telephone (03) 214 5769
Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 03-03-2019


  • Permanent, full-time, 40 hours per week (1.0FTE)

About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown – Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand’s health boards.

About the team

South Community Mental Health team provide care, support and treatment for people experiencing moderate to severe mental illness.

About the role and you

You will be an experienced Occupational Therapist working with the South Community Mental Health team, based at Wakari Hospital in Dunedin. In this role you will work in an outreach capacity and a clinic model, providing time limited support to clients in the community. You will act as a Case Manager for a defined case-load, achieving quality mental health outcomes.

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 organising 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 within a community adult mental health environment, exceptional communication skills, your non-judgemental attitude and your positive manner.

This is a permanent, full-time role, requiring a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist, a current annual practicing certificate, and a clean full NZ driver’s licence.

All employees of the Southern District Health Board working with in Mental Health and Addiction Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to ‘The Seven Real Skills’ (Te Pou Workforce Development, see www.tepou.co.nz/letsgetreal).

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, phone (03) 214 5769 or email [email protected]

To apply:

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

Closing date: Sunday, 3 March 2019.

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