Occupational Therapist – CAF North Child Adolescent and Family Mental Health Service

  • Permanent, full time opportunity (40 hours per week);
  • Experience working in a Mental health setting is essential;
  • Salary is as per the PSA Allied and Public Health Salary Scale - $59,035 to $85,992;
  • Travel may be required.

Mō te tūnga About the Role

CAF North (Child, Adolescent & Family Mental Health Service- North Community & Outreach Team) is a specialist mental health service that provides assessment and treatment of young people up to 18 years of age (older if still at High School) who present with serious mental health problems, and their families/whanau. Our catchment area is Christchurch to Kaikoura, – with our base currently in Hillmorton and outreach clinics in Rangiora.

We have a permanent, full time opportunity for a NZ Registered Occupational Therapist to join us. Our team is focussed on supporting our staff to develop the skills necessary to work effectively in this challenging and demanding specialist area of healthcare and to work collaboratively with external agencies to meet the needs of young people.

Ko wai koe | About You

In this role, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing case management, comprehensive psychiatric assessment and clinical interventions to young people;
  • Participating in rostered working hour duties, including responding to crisis / emergency presentations;
  • Effectively managing a caseload with regular reviews and job planning with the Clinical Manager and Clinical OT Specialist;
  • Working collaboratively with external agencies striving for better health outcomes in our community;
  • Providing focussed interventions with young people for improving functioning and enabling transition to community supports;
  • Promoting Occupational Therapy perspective in clinical conversations;
  • There will also be an opportunity to undertake discipline specific Occupational Therapy interventions, as part of the wider CAF OT team;
  • These could include sensory and motor assessments and/or group interventions.

Ngā pūkenga me ngā wheako Skills and Experience

  • Being a motivated and flexible self-starter who enjoys meeting the challenges of working both autonomously and as part of the experienced and very supportive multidisciplinary team;
  • The ability to effectively communicate and work collaboratively with young people, family/whanau, within the team and with other agencies;
  • Great personal organisation and excellent time management to keep up with this exciting client group;
  • Current Registered Occupational Therapist;
  • Ideally have a minimum of two years experience in a mental health setting. This can be negotiated for a suitable candidate.

Mō mātou | About Us

Specialist Mental Health Services are an interdisciplinary team that forms part of Te Whatu Ora - Waitaha [Canterbury]. We are committed to working and partnering with tāngata whaiora and their whānau. Constantly striving to work within our philosophy; we develop therapeutic, supportive and empowering relationships with our consumers, enabling them to achieve their personal goals and aspirations.

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 Shannon Le Roux, Recruitment Partner shannon.leroux@cdhb.health.nz or Craig Scott - Clinical Manager on 027 212 7330 or Craig.Scott@cdhb.health.nz

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.


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Permanent/Full Time

Job no: PC2560383

Location: Christchurch

Closing Date: Sunday, 3rd December 2023