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Pediatric Occupational Therapist (VID: 6865)

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Location: Palmerston North Hospital
Service: Child Development Service
Position Type: Allied Health
Appointment Type: Temporary/Part-time
Close Date: 17/12/2023
Our Organisation
Te Pae Hauora o Ruahine o Tararua MidCentral (MidCentral) is part of Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand and provides healthcare services to over 180,000 people across the Manawatū, Horowhenua and Tararua regions. With a large hospital campus in Palmerston North, it also provides key health care and support services to neighbouring communities.
The Opportunity
An exciting opportunity has become available within the Child Development Service for an Occupational Therapist with an interest in working with tamariki/children and their whānau/community support. The position is 32 hrs per week (0.8 FTE); fixed term from the 4th of September 2023 to the 4th of February 2024 (5 months).
The successful applicant will provide a high-quality occupational therapy through assessment, consultation and therapy services to children alongside their families/support network who are referred through the Child Development Service of MidCentral.   The tamariki may be referred due to development delay, reduced mobility and cognitive ability.
This role would suit an experienced practitioner who has a clear understanding of what type of services are needed by the children and whānau. Experience in working with a range of community providers and the education sector would be an advantage.
The Child Development Service is based at the Palmerston North Hospital however provides a region wide service.  It is a multi-disciplinary Allied Health service providing a range of assessment, intervention and support services to children with developmental and behavioural concerns and their whānau who reside within the MidCentral district.   
Come and join us
MidCentral offers a supportive work environment that accepts and values all employees.  We actively seek Māori kaimahi into our workforce and provide an environment which delivers our commitment to   equity, diversity, and inclusion. 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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