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Occupational Therapist

Occupational Therapist

Critical Care Unit, Southland

Salary - $74,842 - 104,466 + Kiwisaver


  • Permanent opportunity 0.3 FTE - 1.0 FTE (12 - 40hrs per week) 
  • Critical Care Unit (0.3) with the remainder in the acute medical and surgical wards
  • Permanent up to  1FTE (40 hrs per week) opportunity


Mō te tūranga | About the role

The Critical Care unit at Southland Hospital is entering an exciting time. Additional funding has led to the establishment of specific CCU roles in the Allied Health Professions. You will work as a team to develop an interprofessional service within the 6 bedded Unit. You will be working with an experienced nursing and medical team who are ready to embrace the role of occupational therapy in the unit with the recent appointment of a Charge Nurse Leader with experience in a large overseas unit where Occupational Therapy was a respected and valued team member.

You will work to provide evidenced based  Occupational therapy assessment and intervention, guidance and advice within the CCU setting.


Ideally you will bring some experience in the CCU/HDU space but don’t be put off if you haven’t  as you will have access to support  and education from the Occupational Therapy ICU Educator Te Waipounamu (South Island). This role has been established to support the development of skills and knowledge in those Occupational Therapists working in CCUs across the South Island.  It is more important that you enjoy working in an acute, fast paced environment and are ready and willing to further develop your skills  and knowledge in this space.


The remainder of your role will be spent working in the acute medical and surgical wards, where you'll have the opportunity to assess and treat wide range of conditions with surgical, orthopaedic, medical, neurological needs. You will also work with our less experienced staff including our new graduate rotators providing clinical supervision and mentoring to help them to develop as occupational therapists.


Within both areas you will lead service development and quality improvement.


This position is suitable for clinicians in their third year of practice onwards.


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Mōu ake | About you

  • A minimum of 3 years clinical experience, including tertiary/ Acute inpatient experience with ideally some experience in a CCU/HDU environment
  • Experience in supervising and mentoring less experienced staff
  • Hard working and open to all learning opportunities
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand in accordance with the HPCA Act 2004 and possess a current Practising Certificate
  • Actively participate in the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand’s re-certification programme and Southern’s Credentialing Review process
  • Must be eligible to work in New Zealand or have a work visa/permit
  • Possess a full and current NZ Driver’s licence
  • Be prepared to work towards accreditation as an Assessor for the Equipment Management Service
  • Experience in implementing Te Tiriti o Waitangi in action or a willingness to do so.


Painga | Benefits

  • Beautiful coastlines and a family-friendly community.
  • Continuous support for career development.
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance.
  • Access to staff fitness facilities and banking offers
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).


Mō mātou | About us

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.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the PSA/DHBs Allied, Public Health and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement and falls between Step 1 ($74,842 p.a) and Step 7 ($104,466 p.a pro rata) of the Degree-Based Allied, Public Health and Technical scale.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date: Sunday, 16th June 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

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


If you currently work for 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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