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Occupational Therapist (Full Time) Rapua te Ao Waiora, Mental Health, Te Whatu Ora

Permanent, Full Time
Based at Rapua Te Ao Waiora, Papakura
Remuneration as per PSA Allied Health MECA guidelines (step 1 $58,513 - 8 $85,204)

• Flexible Work Arrangements + EAP + Regular Hours
• Paid Study Leave & Financial Support for External Courses 
• Team Environment + Multicultural Setting + Agile Work Style 

About us:
Te Whatu Ora - Counties Manukau District is a dynamic and progressive organisation at the forefront of innovative health delivery. It is this diversity that offers unique opportunities for health professionals on both a personal and professional level. We are part of Te Whatu Ora – Health New Zealand, the overarching organisation for New Zealand’s national health service. Te Whatu Ora leads the day-to-day running of the health system, with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels.

The Opportunity:

Gain valuable real-life experience & insights through the role of Mental Health Occupational Therapist. We are a community-based team that provides specialist mental health care in the Manurewa and Papakura area. We work with our Non-Government Organisation partners to ensure that our whaiora and whanau receive equitable and quality services. This position is responsible for providing service user and whaanau centred safe, effective outcomes focused occupational therapy service within an interdisciplinary team setting either in a specific clinical service or across different services. You will provide social work services to individuals, their families/whanau and the community. These include ongoing psychosocial assessments, treatments and support interventions to a designed caseload of service users.

The successful candidate must be able to provide this service in a culturally sensitive and appropriate manner, in accordance with designated occupational therapy standards of practice, organisational policy, National Mental Health Standards and underpinned by the principles in Te Tiriti o Waitangi. The ability to provide culturally appropriate specialised assessment and intervention for Maaori is a prerequisite. We work closely with our tangata whaiora, their whaanau, Non –Government Organnisation’s, and Primary Care providers. We can offer you a chance to work both independently and as part of a strong quality-focussed team. You will also be provided with on-going support with clinical supervision and professional development opportunities.


  • Registration with the New Zealand Occupational Therapy Board
  • Current NZ Annual Practising Certificate
  • Minimum of 2 years postgraduate experience working as an Occupational Therapist in Mental Health
  • Full, clean NZ driver’s licence


  • Refund of your annual practising certificate cost
  • A generous relocation package which includes a one-way flight, accommodation, car rental, shipping freight (T’s & C’s apply)
  • Support with Immigration/Visa
  • Free parking onsite
  • Discounted services as part of our work perks

Please apply online at

To review the position description please click here. For more information on this role, please contact Amy Lin in the Recruitment Centre on 09 276 0044 ext 58680 or

Job Number: CMH07715

Applications Close: 20 December 2023

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.