Paediatric Occupational Therapist - Nelson

Child Development Services, Nelson Hospital 

Te Whatu Ora Health New Zealand (Nelson Marlborough)

If you have a passion to work alongside children and their whānau… then come join us at Child Development Services in the beautiful Nelson region. 

  • Commitment to helping children achieve optimum function and wellbeing
  • Permanent position available part-time or up to full-time.

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

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist who is passionate about working with children and being part of a multi-disciplinary team. This is a specialised position within the team and the role includes a range of assessments, interventions, housing modifications and prescribing equipment. You will work collaboratively with other services such as Ministry of Education, Needs Assessment Services, Ti Piki Oranga, Plunket, Explore, Child and Adolescent Mental Health to name a few. The role will require you to be adaptable to change, resourceful and flexible to service needs.

The Child Development Service (CDS) team has a strong commitment to child protection and is dedicated to helping children achieve optimum function and wellbeing.  We provide multi-disciplinary therapy for children with disabilities referred to the service, in partnership with their families/caregivers; this role spans community, primary, inpatient and outpatient settings.

It is highly desirable that you have post registration clinical experience in paediatrics.

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

You will be a NZ registered occupational therapist, with a current APC and have Enable Assessor accreditation. Desirably you will come with experience in / or knowledge of housing modifications, equipment and wheelchair and seating.

You will have experience and a passion for working in paediatrics. You will also have excellent communication and rapport building skills with children and their whanau, whilst being a dedicated team player. You will be committed to adhering to best practice, delivering an excellent service and extending your own professional development.

For the health and safety of staff and patients all Te Whatu Ora (Nelson Marlborough) staff are required to comply with the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, including boosters.

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

We provide a great place to work with professional development opportunities, openings for further study and development, workplace wellness programmes, and the opportunity to enjoy a great lifestyle. 

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. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals 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) 

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

For role specific please don't hesitate to contact Carol Merrilees, Team Leader – Child Development Services, at or on 03 539 5371.

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274. 

Apply now, it’s easy. Click Apply Now and complete our online application form. Please include a covering letter explaining your interest in one or other of these positions.


Applications closes: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received.

Nelson Marlborough Health 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, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: N22-443

Location: Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: Open until filled