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Calling All Occupational Therapists - Exciting Opportunities


Full Time/Part Time


Remuneration as per MECA guidelines


Commitment to your professional development 

Highly supportive and learning team environment


Counties Manukau District provides health and disability services to over 500,000 people in our local community. We are focused on achieving better health outcomes for our growing patient population, with particular emphasis on Maaori and Pacific peoples and other communities with health disparities. 


As an Occupational Therapist, you will support our whaiora by facilitating group sessions, assess their level of functioning, developing interventions to support recovery through meaningful participation in areas that are important to our whaiora and their whaanau.


You will work in partnership with the patient, whaanau and other healthcare providers (e.g Physiotherapist, Speech Language therapist; nurses) in order to assess, plan, deliver and evaluate outcomes of care.


We have permanent & fixed term full time/part time vacancies in different services across Counties Manukau District.


Matariki – Full Time, Permanent

The Otara/Mangere locality service provides a range of high quality, integrated and comprehensive mental health assessments, treatment interventions and support for adults experiencing mental health and co-existing drug and alcohol issues who reside in the Otara, Mangere, Papatoetoe and Otahuhu areas.

We work within a vibrant cultural community that embraces people, their strengths and contributions. Our team is a very supportive one and operates more like a whanau by holding strong values of manaakitanga, and rangatiratanga. These values are important to our team, whilst having strong work ethic value and wanting to make a difference by supporting people to understand and manage their own health and wellbeing that in turn supports the development of a flourishing community. You will also be provided with ongoing support with clinical supervision and professional development opportunities.


Maternal Mental Health – Part Time 0.8FTE, Permanent

We are seeking a Maternal Mental Health part time occupational therapist to join our Perinatal Mental Health Services, working in the vibrant and culturally diverse community of South Auckland. We are based at Springs Road site in East Tamaki. The teams provide clinic and community based services for families in the Counties Manukau area.

Our perinatal services include Maternal Mental Health, and Whakatupu Ora (Infant Mental Health) services. These teams are aligned, allowing for consultation and joint work from both an Adult and Infant Mental Health perspective.

Maternal Mental Health is a multi-disciplinary specialist team providing assessment and treatment to women and their whanau in pregnancy and up to 12-months post-partum. 

As an Occupational Therapist in our team, you will support our whaiora by facilitating group sessions, assess their level of functioning, developing interventions to support recovery through meaningful participation in areas that are important to our whaiora and their whaanau. You will get to work collaboratively within our team, as well as autonomously within our model of care.

As you will be working within the unique and growing multicultural population of Counties Manukau, cultural proficiency and a willingness to learn would be an advantage. If you are looking for variety and the chance to be part of a friendly, multi-cultural and hardworking team then this could be just the role for you to show off your exceptional talents.


Rapua te Ao Waiora - Full Time, Permanent 

Rapua te Ao Waiora provides clinical and cultural assessment and treatment support to tangata whaiora/service users and whanau/families in the Papakura and Manurewa area. Within this team you will play an integral part in the health and wellbeing of our community.

We are a multi-disciplinary team of various mental health professionals, such as nurses, social workers, psychologists, cultural advisors, peer support specialists and more. If you are looking to be part of a dynamic, friendly team, then this could be the role for you.


Intensive Community Team (ICT) - Full Time, Permanent 

The Intensive Community team is an innovative, recovery focused team who are committed to excellent care and the best outcomes for our service users. We provide assertive community based interventions for service users who have high and complex needs within the Counties Manukau catchment area.

You will be required to work closely with mental health clinicians to provide assessment, treatment and support to an identified Service users group. You will have strong communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively within the multi-disciplinary environment to support service users, families and carers.

You will be committed to learning and developing alongside the team and be proactive in seeking learning opportunities. We offer an open and supportive team environment with on-going learning opportunities. Mental health supports the goal of all service users and staff to be smoke free.


Tiaho Mai - Full Time, Permanent

Following a transformative re-build incorporating latest technology and co-designed with our whaiora and wider community, Tiaho Mai is the newest inpatient mental health unit in the country.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate a genuine commitment to the people who we serve, within the diverse and culturally rich community of Counties Manukau. Our candidate will demonstrate, excellent communication skills, be highly organised, and possess honesty, integrity and professionalism. You will need to have the ability to promote teamwork and to support our whaiora in their recovery journey by promoting, and having a genuine focus on equitable health systems and outcomes. 



  • Registered or eligible to register as an Occupational Therapist with OTNZ, with current APC
  • Current full driver's licence
  • Previous experience as an Occupational Therapist


What's in it for you?

  • A great learning environment where you will continue to grow and be challenged
  • Fantastic culture and team environment 
  • Refund of your annual practising certificate cost (pro rata)
  • Onsite professional development sessions
  • Generous study allowance on top of mandatory training
  • A relocation package which includes reimbursement for your flight, temporary accommodation, shipping container, car rental etc. (T's & C's apply) 
  • Discounted services as part of our work perks


Counties Manukau District fully supports ongoing education and development of all employees including regular supervision, fortnightly in-services, performance development plans and supported study. So if you are seeking an opportunity to work for a dynamic and progressive organisation at the forefront of innovative health delivery, then we would like to hear from you...


If you want to be in a role that truly makes a difference to Counties Manukau and our community, then apply now!


For more information please contact Amy Lin in the Recruitment Centre on 09 2760044 ext 58680 or via email on


Job Number: CMH06988

Applications Close: 28 February 2023

Our highest priority is the safety and welfare of our patients and our people.  We have strict Health & Safety measures to keep our people safe. All new employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 under the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021.
At Counties Manukau Health people and their lives matter to us. We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to delivering the best health outcomes for our community. To help us achieve this we need a workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applications from all backgrounds who share our values and have a passion to work in our community and would greatly value seeing applicants from our Maaori and Pacific communities. We are also committed to our Disability Strategy, which focuses on people with disabilities; they are our patients, whaanau, community and our staff - all carefully considered in our action plan. Together we will improve the accessibility needs for everyone who has a disability. Our values are Valuing Everyone- Whakawhanaungatanga , Kind –Manaakitanga, Together –Kotahitanga, Excellent- Rangatiratanga. If these are your values too, then join us today.