Dunedin DHB



Occupational Therapist or Physiotherapist – Hand Therapy



  • Permanent 0.5 FTE–1 FTE position
  • Excellent opportunity to grow your career


About the team

The outpatient physiotherapy team at Dunedin Hospital are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic physiotherapist or occupational therapist who is keen to grow their clinical and professional skills in the field of Hand Therapy. We seek a team-player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills who is driven and proactive in developing and learning.


About you

Ideally you will have a minimum of three years’ experience, perhaps as a registered Hand Therapist, working within; burns and scar management, orthopaedics, rehabilitation or musculoskeletal outpatients. We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic about Hand Therapy, can work autonomously, manage and prioritise their caseload within the outpatient setting while supporting the growth of students, junior staff and the Allied Health Assistant workforce.


We are looking for someone who enjoys working as part of an established team, has excellent communication and interpersonal skills and is driven and proactive in their ongoing development of advanced skills.


About the role – whats in it for me?

This role involves working with a wide range of patients referred from the orthopaedic, plastics and rheumatology services, as well as GP and community referrals and first presentation ACC injuries. You will be based in our physiotherapy outpatient department with our experienced team of hand therapists and physiotherapists, and liaise with inpatient occupational therapy and physiotherapy staff to manage acute hands and burns patients in the inpatient setting.


We take pride in supporting our staff to grow as clinicians so we run a well-developed on-going support and professional development programme. The team provides regular in-services, a comprehensive on-call competency training framework, senior staff mentoring & peer review and access to course and conference funding.


About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.


Dunedin itself offers the lifestyle you’ve always dreamed of. Boasting excellent education, events, and a beautiful coastline, life can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our team enjoy the short commute to work, leaving ample time for what matters to you most. Add to this the close proximity to some of New Zealand’s most famous scenery and holiday destinations (think Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sound to name but a few!) you can go from seaside to ski-slopes in a matter of hours.

Sounds too good to be true? Rest assured, you can have it all here. Why not come see for yourself!

Please provide as part of your application a CV and a cover letter, all applications will be considered.  


View Physiotherapist Position Description

View Occupational Therapist Position Description


Closing Date: Sunday, 20 February 2022

Due to the fast-paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible


Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact, Tara Hobbs Recruitment Advisor, Email: tara.hobbs(at)southerndhb.govt.nz



Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker.  If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.  If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.



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