Occupational Therapist (Mental Health) – NZ

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Job Description

Cpl Healthcare in partnership with the MidCentral District Health Board in Palmerston North, New Zealand are recruiting an Occupational Therapist with Mental Health experience to join their team.

The service is now looking to recruit an experienced Mental Health Occupational Therapist who is looking for a new challenge. The successful applicants Hours of work will be 40 per week Monday- Friday.

To provide and deliver a quality accessible occupational therapy service across the continuum of care of older adult mental health inpatient and community sector, in partnership with service users/ tangata whairoa, NGOs/ Agencies and their family/whanau and other staff of MDHB Mental Health service.

Older Adult Mental Health provides inpatient admission (STAR 1) as well as community-based services. The service provides assessment, treatment and support to people 65 years and older with mental health presentations: with or without medical co-morbidities or frailty, and primary dementia with serious behavioural and or psychological symptoms. The service also provides assessment for levels of care by referrals which can include referrals from the inpatient sector of the hospital.

The aim of the service is to assess mental, cognitive, physical health status, stabilise and promote recovery to enable a safe return to the community (home or residential care). Some community work is also provided to enable people to remain connected to the community and living independently in their own homes for as long as possible.

Star 1 is a 14-bed ward, with 6 beds for the secure unit, occupational therapy spaces and a sensory room.



  • Registered Occupational Therapist with current practicing certificate who meets the requirements of the Occupational Therapy Board and engagement in e-Portfolio.
  • Knowledge and experience of working with older people with mental illness and age related comorbidities such as a cognitive impairment
  • Cognitive Stimulation Therapy & Tailored Activity Programmes
  • Cognitive assessment and intervention strategies
  • Enable Accredited Assessor or ability to become one in PC, Household Management, Wheelchair &
  • Seating level 1 and Housing Modifications (Simple)
  • Knowledge and experience in assessment of solutions for pressure relief
  • Knowledge of Enable NZ procedures


  • Ability to facilitate groups and individual activities from an occupational perspective
  • Understanding and demonstrated experience of working from a recovery model and across the care continuum
  • Understanding and experience in direction, delegation and supervision of an occupational therapy assistant
  • Commitment to consumer focussed care
  • Ability to work independently within a multi-disciplinary team
  • Excellent communication and liaison skills
    Understanding of the working principles of Whanau Ora
  • Full drivers licence
  • Analytical and Decision-Making Ability
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply principles and theories of occupational therapy practice in the workplace
  • Ability to research into best practice and implement evidenced based practice


  • Meets the statutory and organisational requirements for working with children, as per the
  • Vulnerable Children Act 2014 and MidCentral
  • District Health Board policy, including satisfactory police check and other safety checking processes.


  • A member of the occupational therapy association (OT-WNA) or willingness to join
    Knowledge of the Mental Health Act

The annual salary will be on the salary scale Steps 7-9, within the range $77,953 to $83,889 (with further progressions based on CASP).

The successful candidate will be offered a relocation allowance of up to $5000 (NZ).

For further information or for a detailed job specification, please call Stephen on +353 (0) 1 4825424 or by email at stephen.copeland@cplhealthcare.com

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Stephen Copeland

Recruitment Consultant stephen.copeland@cplhealthcare.com
  • Salary:Negotiable
  • Location:Dublin City Centre
  • Type:Permanent
  • Category:Healthcare
  • Ref.no:JO-1909-437010