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Occupational Therapist - Intellectually Disabled Persons Health


  • Canterbury

Job Details

  • Job ID: PC2852689
  • Job Type: Full time
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Job Duration: Permanent
  • Min Education:
  • Company Name For Job: Te Whatu Ora Waitaha Canterbury
  • Min Experience:
  • Position Title: Occupational Therapist - Intellectually Disabled Persons Health
  • Required Travel:
  • Salary:
  • Classification: Health
  • Scope of Practice:
    • Activities of Daily Living - Assessment and Treatment
    • Assessment and Rehabilitation
    • Learning and Development

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

Our Intellectually Disabled Persons Health Community teams are looking for a passionate and experienced Occupational Therapist to join us in this new and exciting position! You'll play an integral role within our service working across two of our community teams: Psychiatric Service for Adults with Intellectual Disability (PSAID) and our Intellectual Disability Liaison team (IDL). Our PSAID team provides psychiatric assessment and treatment to consumers aged 18 years or older who have an intellectual disability and a comorbid or suspected psychiatric disorder. Our IDL team provides services to consumers 14 years or older who have an intellectual disability and are going through the court system.

Te āhuatunga a te tūrunga (About the role)

We're looking for a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist to work alongside other specialist staff and NGO providers to craft packages of care that enable consumers to develop crucial skills to manage their illness and to enable them to be more present and participate more meaningfully in the community. This is a part-time opportunity working 20 hours per week (days and hours to be negotiated). You'll be based at our Hillmorton Hospital campus but will be required to travel within Canterbury (primarily Christchurch).

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Assessing new admissions and preparing reports as required;
  • Carrying out comprehensive Occupational Therapy and functional assessments including sensory assessments
  • Liaising and consulting with residential providers to carry out therapeutic programmes
  • Working with consumers from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and bringing your enthusiasm and passion to achieve the best outcome for your consumers

Ko wai koe (About you)

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako - Skills and experience

  • Excellent interpersonal, organisational and time management skills with the ability to manage a varying caseload
  • As an effective communicator you will have a positive, engaging and solution focussed attitude to your work
  • Sound computer and technological literacy is advantageous
  • NZ Registered Occupational Therapist with current Annual Practicing Certificate (essential)
  • Proven experience working with consumers with Intellectual Disabilities is essential
  • As some community work is required in this position with the need to transport passengers, a full class driver's licence is required


  • Permanent, full-time opportunity based at Hillmorton Hospital, providing treatment/working with Consumers within the community
  • Provide Occupational Therapy assessment and intervention to intellectually disabled consumers with a co-morbid mental health illness
  • NZ Registration with the Occupational Therapy board along with proven experience with this consumer group is essential
  • For the right person, this role may provide the opportunity for you to step into an Occupational Therapy leadership position

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

Te Tono (How to apply)

Please submit your most recent resume along with a cover letter stating why you believe that you are the ideal candidate for the role highlighting any skills you have gained along the way.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at to complete an application.

Contact Shannon Le Roux - Recruitment Partner on for additional information

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More information)

Mō mātou - About Us

Specialist Mental Health Services are an interdisciplinary team that forms part of Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha (Canterbury). We are committed to working and partnering with tāngata whaiora and their whānau. Constantly striving to work within our philosophy; we develop therapeutic, supportive and empowering relationships with our consumers, enabling them to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.