Physiotherapist - SMHS part time

Our Purpose: What We’re Here For

When you work with the Canterbury District Health Board, you’re part of something very special. We’re world leaders in the delivery of integrated health care, and we’re always striving to Make It Better. From the carers on the front line working directly with patients and communities, to our talented support teams who enable that care. We plan, fund and deliver health services to the almost 600,000 New Zealanders that live in the Canterbury region and we’re all about putting people at the heart of everything we do.

Our Culture: What Matters To Us

Ko Te Whatu Manawa Tangata

Putting people at the heart of all we do 

For us to continue putting our communities at the centre of our health system, we’re putting our own people at the centre of everything we do.  Because health is ultimately all about people.  What’s important around here is the way we care for and respect others, the responsibility that all our people take for delivering outcomes, and that we go about our work with integrity in all we do. 

What matters to us is doing the right thing, valuing everyone, and being and staying well ourselves so we can care for our community.

The Role: What This Opportunity’s All About

We are inviting an energetic and enthusiastic Physiotherapist to join the Specialist Mental Health Service (SMHS) Physiotherapy team. There are opportunities to work within a range of clinical areas between Inpatient and Outpatient services based at Hillmorton. Allocation to clinical areas will be by negotiation with the successful candidate and based on both divisional and service provision needs.

  • Permanent part time 0.6 FTE position available

Skills & Experience:

Key attributes for working in Mental Health include strong interpersonal skills with the ability to develop effective therapeutic relationships, advanced clinical reasoning with the capacity to be flexible and/or creative, an interest in mental health and hunger for ongoing learning, and the desire to work collaboratively and positively with consumers, whanau, and colleagues.  Experience with education and running group interventions is an advantage.

As consumers often present with a range of physical health co-morbidities, clinical experience with acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions and falls management is important, along with some knowledge of neurological, and respiratory conditions. 

Treatment often includes support with exercise and lifestyle strategies, and referral on to appropriate services in the wider community or within the CDHB.

Mental health-specific Physiotherapy is based on a neurobiological understanding of the bi-directional influence between brain and body. Common mental health-specific interventions include management of anxiety and sleep difficulties, integration of movement and sensory processing dysfunctions, breathing pattern retraining, and management of persistent pain. 

Experience working within mental health is not essential. Orientation, ongoing training, supervision, and support for working within SMHS will be provided for the successful applicant.

Belonging Here: Becoming Part Of Our Story

Our people enjoy access to a fantastic benefits scheme, flexible working arrangements and a genuine and ongoing focus on career development.

We hope you’ll seriously consider joining us, but if this isn’t a good fit for you, please share the opportunity with your personal networks and help us find our next rock star! 

If this particular role isn’t for you we do have other similar opportunities please look on our careers page or give us a call to discuss.

Apply online, or to find out more information, please contact Hayley Buick


Phone: 03 337 7961

Applicants will be progressed as they apply, so if this sounds like you, please apply now! 

Permanent/Part Time

Job no: 234319

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Sunday, 23 September 2018