Allied Health Critical Care - Secondary Sites

Health NZ – Te Whatu Ora  - South Island – Te Waipounamu

Location: South Island

Service: Critical Care Units

Role: Allied Health – Physiotherapists, Social Workers, Dietitians, Pharmacists, Occupational Therapists and Speech Language Therapists.

Contract:  Full-time and Part-Time

About the roles 

The Critical Care Expansion Programme has committed funding to support and increase Allied Professions workforce capacity and capability within critical care settings. 

As a result, we currently have exciting opportunities for experienced Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, Social Workers, Dietitians, Pharmacists and Speech Language Therapists to join Health NZ - Te Whatu Ora, South Island Region.

We have three dynamic and developing secondary sites who are growing their capacity in their ICU departments.  


  • Excellent international relocation and support packages  
  • Diverse and interesting roles for highly skilled and experienced Allied Health Professionals  
  • Opportunity to choose a lifestyle and professional career path 


About the districts:


Timaru Hospital and the lifestyle opportunities available in this district 

Timaru hospital is a small hospital and is one of the largest employers in the region, employing between 950 - 1000 part-time, full-time and contractors across a number of fields. The District serves a population of 60,220 people. Timaru Hospital provides a range of healthcare services, including medical, surgical, maternity, and emergency services. Specialised services and clinics may be available, such as outpatient clinics for various medical specialties. 

Strategically nestled between Christchurch and Dunedin, Timaru, the port city, provides a perfect gateway for those with a penchant for mountains. To the west lies Aoraki / Mount Cook National Park, boasting New Zealand's loftiest peaks and serving as the starting point for the Alps to Ocean cycle trail. 


Nelson Marlborough Hospital and the lifestyle opportunities available in this district 

There are two main hospitals, Nelson Hospital in Nelson with 140 patient beds and Wairau Hospital in Blenheim with approximately 65 patient beds. Nelson Marlborough employs approximately 2,500 people to deliver healthcare to 145,000 people across the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough regions. Located at the top of the South Island. 

Nelson Tasman's vibrant creativity has given rise to a delectable array of artisanal foods, wines, ciders, and beers across the region. Food and wine tours simplify the discovery of the finest local producers, allowing you to indulge in nibbles, sips, and shopping to your heart's content. Nelson Tasman beckons with an extraordinary range of cultural and outdoor adventures, all easily accessible. On any given day, you can explore art galleries and markets, bask on the beach, embark on a hike in a national park, or cycle along scenic trails. 


Invercargill Hospital and the lifestyle opportunities available in this district 

Invercargill hospital offers an intimate and smaller hospital, but don’t let this fool you into thinking they aren’t as fun and exciting as a place to work. We have lots of space, no traffic woes, so if you are looking for your next role to be something small but still involved in all the special stuff then we would love to hear from you. 

Invercargill is a city brimming with delightful surprises. Its expansive streets are adorned with splendid heritage buildings, boasting a thriving food and coffee culture. A visit may even lead you to Burt Munro's 'World's Fastest Indian,' proudly showcased at a local hardware store. And, if your visit aligns with the Bluff Oyster season, choosing a starter becomes an effortless decision. Oreti Beach, a coastal playground mere minutes from the city centre, adds to the allure. Stretching as far as the eye can see, this sandy beach provides stunning views of the Takitimu Mountains and Stewart Island.


About You

You will be a highly skilled and experienced Allied Health Professional, holding a New Zealand Annual Practising Certificate, and with a minimum of 5 years experience, including knowledge of working in critical care. You will be someone who is experienced in working with people who have complex needs, and possess the ability to support the learning of others in an area of expertise.

To be successful in this role you will have:  


  • ICU experience or critical care exposure (essential)
  • A minimum 5 years experience as a qualified Allied Health Professional
  • The ability to work collaboratively across a multi-disciplinary team
  • Enthusiasm and confidence in sharing your knowledge across your discipline
  • Be eligible for New Zealand Registration
  • New Zealand or Australian citizenship/residency, or hold an appropriate visa to be eligible to live and work in New Zealand. 

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Our Intensive Care Units serve both Intensive Care and High Dependency patients. We have a multidisciplinary team of nurses, doctors and allied health professionals that form part of the Intensive Care family (whanau).  

There are a range of Allied Health critical care opportunities across the region offering a range of exposure. We provide supportive working conditions, at all hours, with a team committed to learning and professional development.  

About us 

Here at Health NZ -Te Whatu Ora we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

We are pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.

To find out more about us click on the following links:


How to apply 

Click apply now button to send your application directly to us. For further information on this role please email now or visit our Go for Good website and register:  


It's never been easier to start a new adventure – and we have a team to help you every step of the way. Come on over to New Zealand, and make a difference, somewhere different. 

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Permanent, Permanent/Full Time, Permanent/Part Time

Job no: ICU119

Location: Other Locations

Closing Date: Thursday, 2 May 2024