Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand

Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand

About Us

Occupational Therapists

Aotearoa, New Zealand offers a broad range of opportunities in a range of environments from fast paced metropolitan centres to community focused healthcare in urban rural and remote settings.

Occupational Therapists enable people to participate in activities of everyday life. Assessing the level of functional ability of clients who, through a temporary or permanent illness or disability, cannot safely or independently carry out roles and meaningful occupations (activities). Occupational Therapists work with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in valued occupations by providing rehabilitation and education or, by either modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.


Work in a range of clinical areas, and in a variety of settings including: 

  • in-patient hospital including ED
  • intensive care
  • paediatrics
  • neurosciences
  • stroke
  • trauma
  • orthopaedics
  • hand therapy
  • burns and plastics
  • older person's health
  • community-based rehabilitation services
  • vocational rehabilitation
  • mental health services

Roles and responsibilities

  • An understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (The Treaty of Waitangi) and implementing the principles.
  • Engaging with local communities for better health outcomes.
  • Assessing and enabling tūroro/patients at that stage in their hauora/health journey.
  • Working with tūroro/patients from diverse social and cultural backgrounds and working collaboratively with whānau, the wider multidisciplinary team to ensure the best outcomes.
  • Identifying and contributing towards service improvement initiatives.

Required qualifications and experience

To work in Aotearoa, New Zealand you need registration with the Occupational Therapy Board of New Zealand (OTBNZ). 

  • Hold a relevant qualification in Occupational Therapy
  • Hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate.

Benefits and salary range

Occupational therapists can earn between $59,000 to $119,000 per year.

  • Four weeks a year annual leave
  • 10 days of sick leave per year
  • Overtime/penal rates
  • Weekend work availability
  • Automatic Annual Incremental increases and career progression steps
  • KiwiSaver

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