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Position Title: Occupational Therapist - Intellectual Disability Service
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE - 40 hours per week
Date Posted: 16/02/2021
Application Closing Date: 01/03/2021 11PM
Job #: 064091
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Occupational Therapist - Ward 10a – Intellectual Disability Service (Medium Secure Unit)
Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Looking for a short-term opportunity?
  • Full-time position (40 hrs per week) – fixed term up to December 2021 
  • Challenging but highly rewarding role

About the Team
The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital. The IDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a – a 12 bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage – a 4 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and the Community Liaison Team. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists. 

Ward 10a is a medium secure 12 bed inpatient service for Intellectually Disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, whom require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003. 

About You / About the Role
As an Occupational Therapist preferably with experience in a mental health setting, you’ll 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.  

Ideally, you’ll bring to this role an ability to work within an adult mental health environment, exceptional communication skills, your non-judgmental attitude and your positive manner.

To be an effective Occupational Therapist and to fit well into our dedicated team, you will have sound skills in occupational therapy assessment, treatment planning, implementation and evaluation, ideally from having worked in a Mental Health setting previously. But what will be most evident in your CV will be your client centred approach and your passion for working with people with an intellectual disability.

To ensure the continued wellbeing of your clients through best practice, you’ll liaise extensively with fellow Occupational Therapists throughout Southern DHB.

This is a fixed term, full-time role, requiring a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist, a current annual practicing certificate, and a clean full driver licence and have met the requirements of NZ Vulnerable Children’s Act. 

The Location 
The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it’s surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region - and we - can offer you and your whanau.

About the Southern DHB
Here at Southern DHB, we’re up to the challenge of realising our vision of Better Health, Better Lives, Whanau Ora; and to help us achieve this we’re very focused on bringing into our organisation people who display our values of being Kind, Open and Positive, with a sense of Community.

Covering the largest geographical area of all the District Health Boards, Southern DHB 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. Located South of the Waitaki River our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City.

Closing Date: Monday, 1 March 2021 
Please note
that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time.

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Phone (03) 214-5769 or Email

Children’s Act 2014
Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment
In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for. 

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