Occupational Therapy

Roles & opportunities

Occupational Therapy is valued and respected as part of the multi-disciplinary team with Te Whatu Ora Waitaha. We value being patient-centred and occupation focused practicing in an Occupational Therapy approach.

What we're proud of

  • Walking in Another’s Shoes - an Occupational Therapy based training initiative that encourages a tangata-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.

A good fit for you

If you’re someone who enjoys variety, diversity and complexity this could be the place for you.

What you’ll get out of it

Te Whatu Ora Waitaha supports professional development providing excellent training opportunities and quality clinical supervision.

All Occupational Therapists starting at Te Whatu Ora Waitaha 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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