Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist

Looking for Occupational Therapists / Kaiwhakaora Ngangahau or Physiotherapists / Kaikomiri

Wheelchair and Seating Therapists

  • Nelson and /or Marlborough based
  • Permanent full-time and part-time positions

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

Join an experienced multi-disciplinary team across Te Tauihu, as part of a district wide Wheelchair Team.

We are proactive teams of allied health therapists providing the highest standard of care for our Ngā kiritaki hauora. 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.

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.

Te whiwhinga mahi | The Opportunity

We are looking for experienced Wheelchair and Seating Therapists to join our team.  There are a number of opportunities:-

A minimum of  0.6FTE (56 hours per fortnight) Level 2 Credentialled Therapist, comprising of 0.2FTE (16 hours per fortnight) Wheelchair and Seating  Clinical Coordinator, and 0.4FTE (32 hours per) clinical caseload.

In order to maintain competence and accreditation the position has a fixed 0.2 clinical coordinator component. However, we can offer flexibility in the remaining clinical FTE with a minimum of 0.4FTE . This is a varied role with a leadership component and a clinical component and the opportunity to support the development and coordination of a collaborative district-wide service.

Up to 0.5FTE (40 hours per fortnight) Wheelchair and Seating Therapist, either Level 2 credentialled, or Level 1 wheelchair therapist with the desire to achieve level 2 qualification.

These roles will:

  • Provide comprehensive assessments of clients’ mobility and seating needs.
  • Require regularly travel across our region to visit clients in their homes, clinic settings and community.
  • Offer challenging opportunities to think creatively in developing tailored solutions for best practice outcomes for clients.
  • Enable you to set mobility goals with clients including continuous evaluations and recommendations for mobility and seating solutions.
  • Have access to meaningful support and orientation to your practice contexts with robust opportunities for critical reflection on practice, including peer review and professional supervision.
  • Work alongside your wider Allied Health colleagues using an interdisciplinary model to deliver high quality and effective services.
  • Have access to on the job training with continuous improvement and development opportunities including an established in-service training programme.

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

You will have Aotearoa / New Zealand registration in Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy, a current practicing certificate and a range of generalist and life skills.

For the Clinical coordinator position, you will have several years’ clinical experience, with a minimum of 3 years working with complex seating and wheelchair services experience in either child, adult or both populations.

Nga Pūkenga Motuhake | Important Skills

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.

For the health and safety of staff and patients all NMH staff are required to be vaccinated in accordance with the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, including boosters.

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

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on vacancies@nmdhb.govt.nz  or 03 546 1274. For role specific information please contact Hilary Exton, Director of Allied Health hilary.exton@nmdhb.govt.nz

Position Descriptions

As only one position description can be uploaded against a vacancy please email vacancies@nmdhb.govt.nz  to request a copy of the Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist position description.

Keen to apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form.


Applications close: 17th July 2022 (unless filled prior) Applications will be reviewed as received, so we encourage you to apply early. 

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

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Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: N22-455

Location: Wairau Hospital, Nelson Hospital

Closing Date: 17th July 2022 (unless filled prior)