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Critical Care Physiotherapist

Critical Care Physiotherapist

Allied Health, Southland Hospital

Salary Band-$97,246-$113,000 p.a



Mō te tūranga | About the role:

As a Critical Care Physiotherapist, you will specialize in delivering expert respiratory and physical therapy to patients in critical care units, addressing challenges such as ventilator management, respiratory distress, and physical deconditioning. Your pivotal role will involve optimizing lung function, improving mobility, and fostering overall functional recovery for critically ill patients.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Focus on advanced respiratory support within the critical care unit.
  • Provide comprehensive support across inpatient wards, working with diverse age groups and treating conditions such as stroke, orthopaedic surgery, general medicine, and oncology at Southland Hospital.
  • Work effectively and autonomously in a dynamic, fast-paced ward environment.
  • Demonstrate a keen understanding of optimizing patient outcomes and facilitating effective discharge in the acute setting.


Why Join Us:

  • Exciting Specialization Opportunity: Take the next step in your clinical career by specializing in critical care physiotherapy.
  • Supportive Environment: Contribute to the growth of the team by participating in regular in-services and providing support to junior staff.
  • Continuous Learning: Access a comprehensive on-call competency-training framework, along with funding for courses and conferences.
  • Professional Development: Develop as a clinician with training opportunities across the district, guided by senior mentors in either Dunedin or Invercargill.


We invite dedicated and experienced Physiotherapists to join our team, making a significant impact on the well-being of our patients in a challenging yet rewarding healthcare environment. If you are passionate about critical care and seek professional growth, we welcome your application.


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Mōu ake | About you

  • Enthusiastic team-player who is keen to grow their knowledge and skills
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and a proactive approach towards learning.
  • Registration with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand and holding a current APC.
  • At least 5 years of experience with advanced skills in respiratory support


Painga | Benefits

  • Affordable housing and beautiful scenery
  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Free on-site parking
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation and a range of retail discounts
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation in Te Anau and Central Otago
  • Access to a range of retail, childcare, and entertainment discounts


Mō mātou | About us

Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. We take pride in all the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like-minded people to help us continue providing for our community.


The Southland Hospital Physiotherapy team values a balanced approach to our work. We are a dedicated group passionate about our craft, committed to teamwork, and open to continuous learning. Physiotherapists in outpatient and rehabilitation settings possess a solid foundation of knowledge, take pride in their versatility, and appreciate a family-friendly work environment. Inpatient teams are enthusiastic about learning and work collaboratively, with additional professional support available through our connection with Dunedin Hospital. Join us for a rewarding and supportive experience in healthcare.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the PSA/DHBs Allied, Public Health and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement and falls between Step 5 (97,246 p.a pro rata) and Step 10 ($113,000 p.a pro rata) of the Degree-Based Allied, Public Health and Technical scale.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date: 31 July 2024

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

For further information please contact Katie Procter Recruitment Advisor


all conversations will be confidential in nature.


If you currently work for Health New Zealand | Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern , please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors


Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:


  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

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