Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is valued and respected as part of the multi-disciplinary team. We value being patient-centred and occupation focussed practising in an Occupational Therapy approach, embraced in our role by the Canterbury DHB.

Some examples of this are:

  • Walking in Another’s Shoes - an Occupational Therapy based training initiative that encourages a person-centred model of dementia care. This has been adopted in Canterbury, and across the South Island.
  • Applying the approach of Sensory Modulation in restraint minimisation and as an alternative to seclusion in inpatient mental health settings.
  • Feeding clinic for Children’s Services, Christchurch Hospital.
  • Transitional Rehabilitation Programme for Spinal Injuries, Burwood Hospital.


The Canterbury DHB is a forward-thinking organisation that is creative, dynamic and responsive. If you enjoy variety, diversity and complexity then this is the life for you. There is an area of speciality in clinical practice for all Occupational Therapists. 

The Canterbury DHB supports professional development, excellent training opportunities and quality clinical supervision.

All Occupational Therapists starting at the Canterbury DHB are supported and go through a comprehensive orientation. We have close links with the New Zealand Association of Occupational Therapists and take professionalism seriously. Opportunities exist to engage in service development - we frequently address ways in which to improve clinical processes.

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