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Occupational Therapist – Te Whare Mauriora

Organisation Canterbury District Health Board
Area, City Christchurch
Advert reference PC0639436
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Contact telephone 021842663
Permanent/temporary Permanent
Full/part time Full time
Closing date for applications 18-12-2019


  • Permanent, full-time opportunity with our Specialist Mental Health Services
  • Applicants will need to be a New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist, and recent experience in a forensic mental health setting is preferential
  • Join an experienced multidisciplinary team who provide care to our Forensic Mental Health Service consumers

Our Purpose: Why we do it

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. Our primary goal is to put people at the heart of everything we do.

The Team: What we do

The Canterbury Regional Forensic Psychiatric Service is dedicated to assessing and treating people that have offended in the context of a mental disorder or may be at risk of doing so. It also caters for prisoners that require mental health assessment and treatment. There are a number of units and teams which include two medium secure inpatient units, an open rehabilitation inpatient unit, and a community and prison team.

There is a large emphasis on supportive peer review of our practice. the service is also committed to ensuring evidence-based approaches and providing clinicians with fantastic opportunities for further professional development.

This is an exciting opportunity for an NZ Registered Occupational Therapist to become a key member of Te Whare Mauriora, a 13 bed open forensic rehabilitation ward providing mid to long term rehabilitation to facilitate patients moving safely from a more secure setting to the community.

This is a permanent, full-time (40 hours per week) opportunity located at Hillmorton Hospital. The days and hours associated with this position are Monday – Friday, approximately 0800 – 1630 (there may be some flexibility around start and finish times).

The Role: Where you fit in

In this role, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Assessing new admissions and preparing reports as required;
  • Carrying out comprehensive Occupational Therapy and functional assessments
  • Establishing and overseeing therapeutic programmes based on specific rehabilitation needs that allow consumers to move safely into the community
  • Working with consumers from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and working collaboratively with whanau, the wider multidisciplinary team, and other relevant agencies to ensure the best outcomes
  • Identifying and contributing towards service improvement initiatives

Your skills will include the following:

  • The ability to work both autonomously and as a part of a multidisciplinary team (MDT), while simultaneously providing a voice for Occupational Therapy within the MDT
  • The ability to build and develop trusted relationships with consumers, their family/whanau, the MDT and other relevant agencies
  • Applicants will need to be a New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist with current Annual Practicing Certificate (or eligibility to obtain)
  • Ideally, successful applicants will have recent experience in a forensic mental health setting
  • We will also consider applications from occupational therapists from other areas that can demonstrate specific relevant transferable skills
  • As there is some travel required in this position with the need to take passengers, a full NZ driver’s licence is essential

Our Culture: What matters to us

Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi
Putting people at the heart of all we do

Health is ultimately all about people. What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility taken for delivering outcomes, and going about our work with integrity.

Belonging Here: Becoming part of our story

Being part of the Canterbury District Health Board, you will enjoy a fantastic benefits scheme, the opportunity for flexible working arrangements and ongoing focus on your career development.

The Canterbury DHB believes that diversity and inclusion is key to ensure we deliver the best care for our diverse population. The Canterbury DHB is an inclusive and equal opportunity employer that welcomes and respects everyone.

If this role has sparked your interest but does not match your skills then please visit our careers website and have a look at our roles that better suit your expertise.

If you are interested in this role please apply directly on our career site. Please note only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted.

Contact us on [email protected] for additional information.

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