Occupational Therapist

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (Nelson Marlborough) formerly NMDHB

Marlborough location

  • Permanent, full-time role 80 hours per fortnight
  • Join a friendly, multi-disciplinary team

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

We are a proactive, tight-knit team of occupational therapists providing the highest standard of care for our patients. We pride ourselves on being friendly and supportive, and work in a busy inter-disciplinary environment focusing on promoting, encouraging and enabling the health, well-being and independence of the people in our community. 

This is a full-time role working 80 hours per fortnight Monday to Friday with the possibility of some weekend on call work 8.00 AM – 4.30 PM. Based predominately in our community allied health service, the successful applicant will work closely with our community occupational therapists, physiotherapists and wider allied health team. The role also includes occasional work within the acute inpatient wards at Wairau Hospital to cover the staff based here.

The full-time equivalent salary range is $70,842 through to $100,466 based on the current Allied, Public Health & Technical MECA, dependent on skills, experience, and registration in NZ.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

You will have NZ registration in Occupational Therapy, a current practising certificate and a range of generalist and life skills. Experience preferable but not essential.

Additionally you will bring the following:

  • Comprehensive clinical assessment and problem-solving skills.
  • The ability to work autonomously and collaboratively, to develop positive interpersonal relationships, and work flexibly within the inter-disciplinary team, with a team player attitude.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong clinical reasoning skills and use of evidence informed practice.
  • Effective time management and organisational skills.
  • Strong prioritisation skills and experience with complex discharge planning.
  • Full clean drivers licence.

You will also be adaptable to change, resourceful and flexible to service needs, and will have a genuine passion for working with patients in the community on their health journey.

If this sounds like you, we welcome your application.

Successful candidate must have a valid visa to work in New Zealand.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. With nearly 3000 employees, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals, and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork. 

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)


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

In this role you will be able to apply your skills to make a real difference to people’s lives. At Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) we encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to learn and enhance their skills, and passionate about caring for our community.

Situated at the top of the South Island, Blenheim is well known for its temperate climate, award winning wineries, stunning scenery and outdoor pursuits - all available within minutes of the town centre. For more information on the Marlborough region visit https://marlboroughnz.com/

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on vacancies@nmdhb.govt.nz or 03 539 5748.

For role specific information please contact Reuben Rhodes via Reuben.Rhodes@nmdhb.govt.nz.

Apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form and include a cover letter explaining your interest in this position.


Ref: W24-028

Applications close:  Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so we encourage you to apply early.

Te Whatu Ora strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.


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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: W24-028

Location: Wairau Hospital

Closing Date: open until filled