Occupational Therapy


We CHOOSE to live and work in Canterbury because we love that in the Canterbury DHB, Occupational Therapy is valued and respected as part of the multi-disciplinary team. We value being client centred and occupation focussed practising in an Occupational Therapy approach, embraced in our role by the 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.
  • Being part of an interdisciplinary team as part of a Feeding clinic for Children’s Services, Christchurch Hospital.
  • Transitional Rehabilitation Programme for Spinal Injuries, Burwood Hospital.

Live your Life in colour working for a forward thinking DHB - 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 DHB are very supportive of professional development: excellent training opportunities and quality clinical supervision are part of the package.

ALL Occupational Therapists starting at the CDHB are supported and orientated robustly, for instance opportunity in mental health and addiction services to participate in the New Entry to Specialist Practice Programme.

Live your life to the fullest – taking advantage of our career development opportunities. You can develop your specialty, becoming a recognised expert in this field. There is opportunity in the DHB to move into professional leadership, management and quality roles as well.

Live your life with purpose. 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.

When not at work, we like to engage in meaningful activities – you might find us running marathons locally or around the south island, taking part in pilates, yoga or zumba, winning art competitions or managing the Wheel Blacks (New Zealand’s Wheelchair Rugby Team).

Go on - Live the life you were born to live – CHOOSE to be an Occupational Therapist in Canterbury.

Interested in being part of this, but not registered/qualified in New Zealand? Check with this. http://www.otboard.org.nz/.

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