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Physiotherapist - Pain Service

Physiotherapist – Pain Service


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


About you

This role offers an excellent opportunity for a physiotherapist with a minimum of two years of experience with a keen interest in developing their skills and knowledge in the field of persistent pain management OR for a physiotherapist with specialised pain management experience to join our pain service team of experienced health professionals. It is desirable to have clinical experience in rehabilitation and/or musculoskeletal; management of back pain and/or persisting pelvic pain.


We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who is able to engage with patients from a range of age groups and cultural backgrounds and work in partnership with them in one-on-one sessions and in a group setting. An appreciation of social-psychological-biomedical factors, which contribute to persisting pain conditions. There is an expectation to work collaboratively with the pain service team and liaise appropriately with relevant health care professionals and external organisations.


You will have the opportunity to drive quality improvement and service development initiatives while working alongside a committed team of health professionals. There is an expectation to contribute to innovative ways of working including using of technologies to support clinical practice and patient care.


This role requires a functional rehabilitation approach to provide individualised, patient-centred outcomes, which facilitates pain self-management. As a valued member of our team, you will work alongside medical, nursing, clinical psychology, occupational therapy and physiotherapy colleagues performing multidisciplinary pain assessments, having your own outpatient caseload, and contributing to pain education groups and exercise sessions.


To be considered for this role you will need to be registered with the New Zealand Physiotherapy Board and hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate. 


If you are looking for your next challenge, we would love to hear from you!


About the role - what’s in it for me?

Boasting excellent education and restaurants, competitive costs of living and a beautiful coastline, life in Dunedin can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our teams enjoy the short commute to work and work-life balance is relaxed and affordable. Dunedin offers an array of outdoor and recreational pursuits such as skiing, hunting, tramping, and much more all within 2 - 3 hours’ drive!


We take pride in supporting our staff to grow. We enable ongoing professional development including regular team in-services, staff mentoring and peer review, and access to course and conference funding. We work closely with the University of Otago’s School of Physiotherapy and support physiotherapy student education throughout clinical placements.


About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. We take pride in the services we provide, and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region.


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Closing Date: Sunday, 23 May 2021

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


For further information please contact Theonette Ramsden, Recruitment Advisor – Strategy, Primary and Community Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5770 or Email: theonette.ramsden@southerndhb.govt.nz


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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