Occupational Therapist – Inpatient Mental Health

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

Wahi Oranga - Inpatient Mental Health Unit

  • Permanent full-time position (80 hrs a fortnight)
  • A varied role working predominantly within the inpatient unit, with some community work
  • Great team! Sense of humour welcome!

Nga mohiohio e pa ana ki tenei mahi (About this position)

Wahi Oranga is a large unit that provides intensive acute and rehabilitative cares. We strive to create a positive work environment with balanced and safe workloads.

This is a permanent full-time position working Monday to Friday, 08:00 to 16:30 hours. The role is varied including working individually with patients, undertaking assessments, group work/activities education and support to the wider team.

For the majority of time you’ll be based at our inpatient unit, with sometime in the community supporting patients transitioning to the community. Our unit has a sensory modulation framework, led by our Occupational Therapists.

The salary range for this role is $59,355 - $118,982 (Step 1 - Step 17) based on the current Allied, Public Health & Technical MECA, dependent on skills, experience, and registration in NZ.

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

You will be an enthusiastic and energetic NZ registered Occupational Therapist with well-developed people skills. You will bring experience working in a rehabilitation focused, continuing care, mental health environment and will ideally have post-graduate qualifications relevant to this practice area.

A matou ropu (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough is the main health provider for the top of the south. With nearly 3,000 employees, we are Nelson and Marlborough’s largest employer. 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.

Etahi atu mohiohio (More Information)


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

We offer a great team environment, flexibility with rostering and are supportive of professional development. 

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s top lifestyle destinations For more information on the Nelson/Tasman region visit http://www.nelsonnz.com/

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

Apply now, it’s easy. Please click apply now and fill in our online application form.


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

Alternatively, for role specific information please contact Nikita Fleming at Nikita.Fleming@nmdhb.govt.nz


Applications close: Open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as they are received

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: N24-022

Location: Nelson Region, Nelson Hospital, Nelson Community

Closing Date: open until filled