Join Health New Zealand l Te Whatu Ora Nelson Marlborough at a key time of change where you will meaningfully contribute to our kaupapa of creating a more equitable, accessible, cohesive, and people-centred health system. This is mahi that will improve the health and well-being of everyone in Aotearoa, and we’ve got an opportunity for you to be part of it.

  • 1.0 FTE, rotational, permanent
  • 80 hours per fortnight
  • Nelson location
  • Work alongside clients throughout their health journey.
  • Opportunity to be co-located with a wide range of Allied Health professionals.

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi – About this position 

This is a rotational physiotherapy position giving you the opportunity to experience three different clinical areas. It will include working in areas of Outpatients, acute inpatients and rehabilitation ward. This well-supported placement will give you an insight into the opportunities available to you as a Physiotherapist within Health NZ Nelson Marlborough.

You will be working as part of a multi-disciplinary team providing quality assessment, intervention, advice and discharge planning through a patient-centered approach. This role requires you to be adaptable to change, resourceful and flexible to service needs.

Based at Nelson Hospital, this is a full-time role working 80 hours per fortnight, providing care across a continuum from inpatients to outpatients.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? – Who is an appropriate applicant?

This position is suitable for new graduates or more experienced therapists. You will be a NZ Registered Physiotherapist with clinical assessment and problem-solving skills with the experience and ability to work both autonomously and collaboratively. You will have excellent communication skills to liaise with health professionals and health agencies.

We are looking for a clinician who has a genuine passion for working with clients across the continuum and who values being part of a multi-disciplinary team.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in New Zealand or hold a valid NZ visa at the time of applying.

Ā mātou rōpū – About our team

Health NZ Nelson Marlborough is the main health provider for the Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. With nearly 3,000 employees, we are Nelson’s and Marlborough’s largest employer supporting the health and wellbeing of over 150,000 citizens across the region.

Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals, and the Richmond and Marlborough Health Hubs, but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team, and we work hard to make a difference.

We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio – More information


Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi – The benefits of this position

We are a proactive team providing the highest standard of care for our clients, while maintaining an excellent work-life balance. Our teams pride themselves on being friendly and supportive – working with the people of our community to promote, encourage and enable their health, well-being and independence.

We provide a great place to work with professional development opportunities, job security, and workplace wellness programmes.

Nelson is one of New Zealand’s top lifestyle destinations and offers an amazing variety of leisure pursuits, beaches, rivers and national parks with great opportunities for outdoor activities such as kayaking, mountain biking, tramping, skiing, golf, sailing, as well as abundant sunshine and outstanding scenery. For more information on the Nelson/Tasman region visit http://www.nelsonnz.com/

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? – How do I apply?

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on vacancies@nmdhb.govt.nz or 03 539 5748.

For role-specific information please contact Deidre Crichton – Team Leader Physiotherapy on deidre.crichton@nmdhb.govt.nz

If you are a new graduate and would like to view the specific new graduate position description, please email Deidre to request a copy.

Apply now, it’s easy. Please fill in our online application form and include a cover letter explaining your interest in this position.



Applications close: Open until filled (unless filled prior). Applications will be reviewed as they are received, so we encourage you to apply early.

Health NZ Nelson Marlborough strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori, and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.

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About Health New Zealand - Nelson Marlborough

Established on 1 July 2022, Te Whatu Ora leads the day-to-day running of the health system across New Zealand, with functions delivered at local, district, regional and national levels. It weaves the functions of the 20 former District Health Boards (DHBs) into its regional divisions and district offices, ensuring continuity of services in the health system.