Occupational Therapist - MHSOP

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Location:  Porirua, Wellington

Contract: 30 hours per week/0.75 FTE

Service: Mental Health Service Older Persons


About the role

The Mental Health Service Older Persons (MHSOP) is predominantly a community based service with a 16 bed specialist inpatient unit located on the Kenepuru Hospital campus.  They provide comprehensive assessment, treatment and ongoing case management, working in partnership with clients, whanau, formal and informal care givers and community agencies. The team works as a multi-disciplinary team covering Wellington, Porirua and Kapiti Coast areas & provides assessment, treatment and rehabilitation services for individuals presenting with:

  • Recent onset functional illness over the age of 65.
  • Dementia with significant behavioural and psychological symptoms (BPSD) 

This position is based in our specialist community team. You will have an opportunity to case manage alongside social work and nursing colleagues. Additionally, you will have an opportunity to contribute to the comprehensive assessment of client need through providing occupational therapy assessment/treatment interventions. All clinicians provide support to our triage/duty system.



  • provide specialist assessment, interventions and treatment to clients
  • provide comprehensive assessments and plan treatment collaboratively with the client and their Whanau.
  • be actively involved in the treatment and recovery of clients.
  • role model and provide sound clinical and cultural considerations in the multidisciplinary team process. 
  • assist the client and his/her family/whanau to achieve optimal health, well-being and safety through provision of appropriate assessment, treatment, rehabilitation and education.
  • work closely with community agencies to achieve the outcomes agreed by the multidisciplinary team process


Skills & Experience

  •  NZ registered Occupational Therapist with a current APC
  •  Experience of working with older adults would be an advantage but we would consider applicants with mental health experience seeking an opportunity to develop   specialist skills
  • Driver’s license essential


About our organisation

Capital and Coast DHB (CCDHB) is located centrally in Wellington and has over 6,000 full-time equivalent staff, making us one of the major employers in the Wellington region. CCDHB operates two hospitals – Wellington Regional Hospital in Newtown and Kenepuru Hospital in Porirua – as well as the Kapiti Health Centre at Paraparaumu.

The Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS) spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital and Coast DHB’s and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa.


How to apply

All candidates applying for any of our current vacancies must complete an online application form by clicking the 'Apply Now' button. Please ensure your uploaded CV and cover letter is in either Word or PDF format. If you have queries please email Helen.Richardson@mhaids.health.nz 


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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: AHMH71-20

Location: Kenepuru Hospital/Porirua

Closing Date: Sunday, 21 February 2021