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Occupational Therapist, OPAL Community Service (VID: 6320)

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Location: Horowhenua Health Centre
Service: Rehabilitation Services - Rehabilitation Services
Position Type: Allied Health
Appointment Type: Permanent/Negotiable
Close Date: 6/02/2023
​As applications are received they will be reviewed and shortlisting may take place earlier than the advertised closing date. 
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. Don’t delay applying if you think you’re the right fit to join the MidCentral team!
MidCentral requires ALL its employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including the first booster vaccination). We will not accept applications that do not meet this criteria.
MidCentral actively seeks Māori into our workforce to reflect the community we serve.

MidCentral is looking for an experienced Allied Health Professional to join our growing team within the Older People’s Assessment and Liaison Community Service (OPAL CS). We have a 0.6 - 1.0 FTE position (negotiable) for an Occupational Therapist. This is a permanent position based in Horowhenua.
What is the service?
The OPAL community service complements the existing range of Te Uru Whakamauora (Healthy Ageing and Rehabilitation) services provided to older people with a focus on reducing avoidable displacements from home. OPAL CS delivers home-based care for older people with complex age related physical, social, long-term conditions or mental health needs. This service aims to shift more health care from hospital settings closer to people’s homes, and pivotally, incorporate Kaupapa Māori approaches in its service to achieve equitable outcomes for Māori kaumatua. The OPAL CS teams will be co-located in the community of the three key localities of the MidCentral Region: Palmerston North City/ Feilding, Horowhenua, and Tararua.
What is the role about?
In this role, you will be working in the community alongside a supportive transdisciplinary team consisting of geriatricians, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, social worker, NASC, Māori connectors, allied health assistants. The team will partner with general practices and community providers to identify older people with frailty in the community to provide comprehensive geriatric assessments and deliver therapy services to help them remain independent at home. The team will also be supporting people transitioning home from hospital settings and your work will be based in various clinical locations, visiting clients in the community, and in associated facilities.
This role provides an opportunity to work in a dynamic environment where you can build on a variety of skills not just within your discipline, but skills that crosses disciplinary boundaries.  You will be a valued core member of the OPAL CS team and will have an opportunity to take lead and shape this growing service.
What are we looking for in applicants?
  • Enthusiastic, energetic, resilient, with a ‘can do’ attitude
  • Experience and ability to work effectively within a trans-disciplinary team, utilising individual and professional skills. 
  • Ability to adapt and flex to trial new ways of working
  • Strong desire to help clients and whānau achieve their goals
  • An understanding or willingness to learn about te reo Māori and tikanga Māori
  • Effective written, oral and interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with people from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. 
  • Strong organisational and time management skills
  • Basic computer, IT and clinical documentation skills 
  • New Zealand registered Occupational Therapist, with a current practicing certificate and minimum experience of 2 years 
  • Hold Enable NZ Accredited Assessor status, be Service Accredited or eligible to become accredited
  • A full, current, driver’s licence– essential
  • Hold relevant residency status to work in New Zealand – essential
Levin and  Palmerston North are great places to live with a culturally diverse population, plenty of outdoor activities, a great variety of eateries and is a central hub for the Lower North Island being approximately 2 hours away from other main centres such as Wellington, Taupo, Napier and Taranaki.
If you are a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist holding a current annual practicing certificate and would like to work in a transdisciplinary community team setting we would welcome your application.
MidCentral is committed to ensuring that children and young people are safe from abuse and harm. As part of our commitment to children and young people, and in line with the Childrens Act 2014, appointment to positions that involve regular or overnight contact with children will include worker safety checks. These checks are in addition to the requirement to have a satisfactory police clearance. Further information will be provided to shortlisted candidates. More information about the Childrens Act 2014 is available from the Ministry for Children (Oranga Tamariki) website.

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral (MidCentral) provides healthcare services to over 180,000 people across the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua regions. With a large hospital campus at Palmerston North, it also provides key health care and support services to neighbouring communities.


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Private Bag 11036
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Palmerston North 4442

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