Advanced Wheelchair and Seating Therapist: Adult Community Therapy Service

  • Permanent, part time role  (32 hours per week)
  • Designated Advanced Role based in the Adult Community Therapy Service, Older Persons Health and Rehabilitation Division
  • Focussing on clinical expertise and leadership of Wheeled Mobility and Postural Management within our community therapy services
  • Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist with a current NZ Annual Practicing Certificate

Mō te tūnga | About the role;

This new Advanced Wheelchair and Seating Therapist role will promote evidence-informed and culturally safe practice within our community therapy teams. 

In this predominantly clinical role, you will use your extensive clinical skills and knowledge to support the provision of high standard wheeled mobility and postural management solutions, with a focus on keeping people living well in their own communities. The clinical caseload associated with this role is predominantly based within the Adult Community Therapy Service, with an emphasis on neurological and progressive conditions in people aged under 65 years.

You will work alongside operational and clinical leaders to support the continuous improvement of our wheelchair and seating service.  This will include supporting emerging wheelchair and seating therapists with professional development opportunities and the creation of evidenced-based clinical and education resources.

Fostering relationships within Te Whatu Ora and with wider networks will be a vital aspect of achieving these objectives.

Ko wai koe | About You;

  • Clinical expertise in Complex Wheelchair/Seating/24-hour postural management, implementing best-practice solutions considered within a flexible, holistic approach
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to work alongside, influence and communicate with a range of personalities
  • Demonstrates ability to mentor, inspire and motivate colleagues
  • Experience working with adults with neurological and progressive neurological conditions is desirable.
  •  Essential attributes:
    •  Enable NZ Level 1 & 2 Wheeled Mobility and Postural Management (WMPM1/2) accreditation
    • Endorsement in Complex Custom Fabrication (or willing to work towards) and Postural Management - Lying
    • Extensive experience in pressure injury prevention and management
    • Demonstrated clinical skills in supporting and managing clients with a palliative prognosis
    • Registered with Occupational Therapy Board of NZ or Physiotherapy Board of NZ
    • A full drivers licence

Mō mātou | About Us

“Ko ngā tāngata, te mātua mahi - Putting people at the heart of all we do”

Te Whatu Ora, Health New Zealand, leads the day-to-day running of our health system across New Zealand, with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels. It weaves the functions of the 20 former District Health Boards into its regional divisions and district offices, ensuring continuity of services in the health system.

Here in Waitaha, Canterbury we deliver health services to the almost 600,000 people that live in the Canterbury region. We are committed to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and its principles by ensuring our partnership with Māori are at the forefront of all our conversations.

Ngā hua | Benefits of working at Te Whatu Ora [Health New Zealand]

When you work at the Te Whatu Ora, you are part of a wider whānau that will support you along your journey. We offer great coaching, mentoring and learning outcomes for all staff. We are always improving our facilities across all campuses and have amazing discounts from select retailers, restaurants and business.

Tono ināianei | Apply Now

Only applications submitted via our career site will be accepted, therefore apply directly on our career site here. 

For additional information about this role please contact Jenny Bailey, Recruitment Partner on

We have a range of clinical and non-clinical roles at Health New Zealand, there could be a place for you!

Please visit our careers website for other roles and find your ideal fit within Health New Zealand.

The Future of the Health Industry

The role that you are applying for is one that may only be performed by a person who has been vaccinated against Covid-19.  It is therefore a condition of this application that you are vaccinated against Covid-19. As a person working in the health and disability sector you will come into contact with a large number of people, some of whom may be vulnerable.  Without a vaccine, there is the risk that you may contract Covid-19.  The requirement to be vaccinated is to keep you safe and also to endeavour to protect others against the potential transmission of Covid-19 as a result of you contracting it in the course of your employment.

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Permanent/Part Time

Job no: EIAP3246038

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Sunday, 4 June 2023