Occupational Therapist - Child, Adolescent and Family Service

About Us

Working for the Canterbury District Health Board – working for the Community. At its core, our vision is dependent on achieving a truly collaborative, ‘whole of system’ approach where everyone in the health system works together to do the right thing for the patient and the right thing for the system and our community as a whole.

About the Role

Meet the challenge of working with children and adolescents and their family / whanau who access the Community & Outreach Teams (Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Service).

This is a specialist team that provides assessment and treatment of young people up to 18 years of age (older if still at High School) who present with moderate to severe mental health problems, and their families. You’ll be a key clinician working as part of the multidisciplinary team, providing comprehensive psychiatric assessment, case management and therapeutic intervention for our clients - young people who have complex and changing needs. We want your OT skills to contribute to our multi-disciplinary team.

The clinicians on the Team have a range of skills and areas of clinical expertise. Come and join a supportive team that is committed and works hard for young people living in Canterbury. Some travel may be required for Outreach clinics.

If you are looking for a real challenge, have excellent communication skills especially with young people and family / whanau, experience in child and adolescent mental health and /or crisis presentations, and  possess the ability to work well both in a team and autonomously, then this could be the opportunity for you.

This role is permanent part time working 20 hours a week (0.5 FTE).

Skills and Experience
  • Registered Occupational Therapist
  • Clinical Experience in Mental Health

If you are an experienced Occupational Therapist with less than 2 years in mental health practice there may be a requirement for post graduate study and clinical support through the New Entry to Specialist Practice programme. 

Our Culture

  • Care and respect for others. Manaaki me te whakaute i te tangata.
  • Integrity in all we do. Hāpai i ā mātou mahi katoa i runga i te pono.
  • Responsibility for outcomes. Te Takohanga i ngā hua.​


  • Something For You is an employee benefits programme available to all staff of the CDHB. CDHB staff are entitled to preferential rates at a wide selection of partners either on a permanent basis or at exclusive events throughout the year. For both the things you need and the things you just want, as a CDHB employee you will be sure to enjoy being able to choose a little Something For You.
  • We help you to construct your Professional Development Pathway out of the components that are best for you, resulting in better patient outcomes.

How to Apply

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Tessa Johnston, Recruitment Coordinator– Allied Health, Scientific & Technical, tessa.johnston@cdhb.health.nz.

Applications are only accepted online so please visit our website at cdhbcareers.co.nz to complete an application.

Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 8233858

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Tuesday, 29 May 2018