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Occupational Therapist – Kai Whakaora Ngangahau (VID: 7002)

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Service: Mental Health Services
Position Type: Allied Health
Appointment Type: Permanent/Fulltime
Close Date: 17/12/2023
Te Uru Rauhi, Mental Health and Addiction Services at Te Whatu Ora Health - MidCentral have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and enthusiastic Occupational Therapist for our Tararua Community Mental Health and Addictions Service.   
Mental Health and Addiction services are moving towards a wellness and recovery-focused approach that encourages interconnectedness socially, spiritually, physically and environmentally and encompasses the aspirations to achieve ‘WAIORA’ flourishing individuals, whānau, and communities. This new service model delivery approach will support the achievement of whānau whaiora.
The Occupational Therapist will report to the Tararua Locality Service Manager, this role will be pivotal in ensuring in the delivery of safe, efficient, and comprehensive contemporary high quality, person and whānau centred clinical services.
This is a permanent full time position working 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

The successful candidate will:

  • Be an experienced Occupational Therapist/ Kai Whakaora Ngangahau with experience in and a passion for mental Health.
  • Someone who can demonstrate and understanding of delivering a person and whānau first service model.
  • Have a focus on functional/occupational performance assessments, provision of information, strategies to optimise quality of life, recovery and transition to home. This will include individual and group interventions where applicable and use sensory modulation strategies. 
  • Practice from and occupation focussed practise model in order to deliver assessments and interventions that promote well-being from a recovery model based on whanau ora principles.
  • Hold a current registration in Occupational Therapy

The successful candidate will be offered the ability to contribute to the vision of providing Te Mātāpuna o te Ora – connected care for Mental Health and Addiction Services for whānau to ensure flourishing resilient hapori/communities and have the opportunity to join an organisation that is committed and focused on contributing to equity of health outcomes.
We are looking for a candidate who is excited by change, who is committed to ensuring quality culturally responsive care that will influence the way in which we lead transformational service design and delivery.
Come and join us
Employing over 2500 people, MidCentral offers a supportive work environment that accepts and values all employees.   MidCentral region offers an excellent lifestyle for families with scenic spots for hiking and mountain-biking, great schools and tertiary institutions.  With the mountains, city and sea at your doorstep, you’ll get to taste the best of both worlds – the perfect blend of rural and city living. 
  • An encouraging learning environment where you will continue to grow and be challenged
  • A professional and supportive culture and team setting
  • Fulfilling and challenging work with great lifestyle options
  • Tailored wellness programmes

How to apply
To view the position description and/or apply for the role (by submitting your cover letter and CV), please click “APPLY NOW.”  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online career portal.
For more information – Please contact Maree Loynes, Recruitment Specialist (Allied Health) on 0273841708 or Email

We strive to be a place where people love to work and learn. We aim to develop a diverse team that reflects the communities that we serve and we welcome people of all ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious and political beliefs, socio-economic situations and accessibility needs.
MidCentral actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve.
Some positions are defined as a Core Children’s worker under the Children’s Act and require full safety checks completed before employment commences.
We are looking to fill this position as soon as possible so may withdraw the advert if the perfect candidate is found before the expiry date.

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