Occupational Therapist – Wāhi Oranga (Inpatient Mental Health)

Nelson Marlborough District Health Board

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Nelson-Tasman
  • Permanent full-time position
  • A varied role working predominantly within the inpatient unit, with some community work
  • Great team! Sense of humour welcome! 

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

We are looking for an Occupational Therapist to join our dedicated and friendly multi-disciplinary team. This is a permanent full-time position, working 80 hours a fortnight, Monday to Friday. 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.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (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, along with post-graduate qualifications relevant to this practice area.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for 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)


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

We offer a great team environment, flexibility with rostering and are supportive of professional development. Wāhi Oranga is a large unit that provides intensive acute and rehabilitative cares. We strive to create a positive work environment that has a balanced and safe workload. 

Based in Nelson outdoor pursuits from skiing to scuba diving and everything in between are catered for and the region is well known for its world class wineries, arts and crafts, relaxed lifestyle and national parks. For more information on the Nelson/ Tasman region visit http://www.nelsonnz.com/ 

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

Keen to 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 03 546 1274. Alternatively, for role specific information please contact Gabrielle Jones, Charge Nurse Manager via Gabrielle.Jones@nmdhb.govt.nz.


Applications close: Sunday 3rd October (unless filled prior). Applications will be reviewed as they are received so we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

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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