Early Intervention Specialist - Occupational Therapist

About the organisation

McKenzie Centre is a leading early intervention centre for children with disabilities, aged birth to school age, and their whānau, in Hamilton. We provide a family-centred, play-based, trans-disciplinary service that helps children to realise their potential. We are a passionate, innovative team of early intervention professionals who support the entire whānau, not just the child .

About the role

We require a qualified Occupational Therapist, preferably with experience in early childhood intervention and family centred practice, to join our trans-disciplinary team, which includes Speech-Language Therapists, Physio and Occupational Therapists, Early Intervention Teachers, Peer Support Workers/Tuakana, consultant Psychologists and Education Support Workers (ESW).

This is a specialised position which requires a holistic view of early intervention for children with developmental delays or disabilities, and a focus on all areas of child development, family support and advocacy.  You will be involved in assessments, individual and group intervention, often centre-based but also community based, and workshop presentations.


McKenzie Centre offers a supportive and innovative team environment, a range of professional development opportunities, a competitive salary package, and the ability to make a positive difference in the lives of children with disabilities and their families.  This is a permanent position, full time (37.5 hours) part-time or job-sharing arrangements may be considered.

Skills and experience

You will have a recognised qualification in Occupational Therapy and be eligible for membership of your professional organisation.  At least two years’ experience working alongside people with a disability in a health or education role is preferred.  Experience working in early childhood intervention or paediatric occupational therapy is highly desirable, and an understanding of the importance of working in partnership with families is crucial.  You will also have a current driver’s licence.

Applications close 21 August 2023.

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