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Occupational Therapist

New Graduate Occupational Therapist, MHAIDS Dunedin

Permanent, 32 hours per week (0.8FTE)


About the Role and You

A very exciting opportunity now exists in the SDHB for a new entry registered occupational therapist to kick start their occupational therapy career in mental health.  This new graduate position has been developed to provide supportive, hands-on learning under the direction of an OT Clinical Coach.  There will also be the opportunity to undertake at no cost, post-graduate education (Postgraduate Certificate in Health Sciences [Mental Health and Addictions]) via the New Entry to Specialist Programme.  In addition to working alongside an experienced OT Clinical Coach, this OT position will work be an integral member of the clinical team in the service area.  You will be a new entry Occupational Therapist with a current annual practicing certificate, and a clean full driver licence. 


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This exciting opportunity is providing rehabilitation with inpatients in their preparation of transitioning to alternative community options that support their occupational needs. It is expected that you will provide a discipline specific perspective through the facilitation and delivery of the occupational therapy process, including assessments, treatment planning and interventions for consumers admitted to the unit. This takes place in both group and individual settings. You will also work alongside another occupational therapist to provide occupational therapy input to inpatient consumers. This position you will demonstrate 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.


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


About Southern

Southern 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.  Southern provides services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. 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.


See position description.


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)
  • COVID-19 vaccination


We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website:

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