Physiotherapist, Advanced Practitioner - Taranaki Orthopaedic Triage Service

Salary Competitive
Town/City Taranaki 4310
Payment type Per annum
Region Overseas
Contract type Permanent contract
Closing date
Hours Full-time
Job reference TAR04456
Type of employer Private provider
Name of employer Te Whatu Ora - Health New Zealand
Workplace Taranaki, New Zealand

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Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Whatu Ora Taranaki
Taranaki Whanui He Rohe Oranga - Taranaki Together, A Healthy Community

Te Kaupapa – Mission
Improving, promoting, protecting and caring for the health and wellbeing of the people of Taranaki.

We are looking for people that share our vision by providing the best care for our people and our community. We have a responsibility to see the whole picture, the whole community, in terms of health and to support everyone working in Taranaki to do the best job they can in a world of constant change.

Taranaki  - A place like no other
Taranaki boasts some of New Zealand’s most iconic natural landscapes like Mt Taranaki and many adventure activities. The rugged and wild coastline is home to more than 12 world-class surf breaks. Taranaki is a place where you can ski and surf in the same day.  For a more relaxing experience, there are many walks (bush, coastal or mountain) as well as   art trails, festivals and award-winning museums and galleries and a thriving café culture. Click here to read more information about Taranaki.

E pā ana ki a tatou - About us
At Te Whatu Ora Taranaki we are committed to recognising the value our people bring to our organisation within a supportive team of healthcare professionals that provide comprehensive care to our patients.

We believe having workforce that is diverse and inclusive, we are a pro-equity Health Organisation and this means that we will be better positioned to understand and serve our community.

When you choose to work with us, we will offer you:

  • A comprehensive orientation and induction to our organisation and your department
  • Access to clinical training and education
  • Up to date facilities, Have a look at
  •  Project Maunga - our New Facilities currently under construction check this out on our website
  • Opportunities to participate on local project and regional collaboration teams
  • Professional development

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role
Permanent position(s) available from part time 0.5FTE up to full time 1.0 FTE

Salary Band - Step 9 $87,999 - Step 13 $104,108 of the PSA Allied Public Health and Technical MECA 

This is an opportunity of a lifetime to work as a physiotherapist – advanced practitioner in the most liveable city on the world*. Make the most of your clinical experience and advanced musculoskeletal skillset and bring them to the fore by working closely with our orthopaedic department to help ensure patients in Taranaki receive comprehensive evidenced based care.    

This is an exciting new role, following a successful pilot, to work in our Taranaki Orthopaedic Triage Service (TOTS). The service aims to:

  • Triage, assess and establish conservative treatment plans for all non-urgent musculoskeletal conditions to reduce demand on First Specialist Appointments (FSA).
  • Actively monitor and manage orthopaedic waiting lists to mitigate clinical risk and ensure patients are seen within timeframe.
  • Work with the pre-admission clinic (PAC) ensuring patients are robustly “prehabilitated” ahead of their surgery.
  • Provide post-operative follow-up appointments, reducing volumes of FUs for orthopaedic surgeons enabling them to focus on FSA.
  • Assess and triage soft tissue injuries from either the acute wards or ED.
  • Undertake clinical audits and research alongside the orthopaedic department.
  • Supporting or delivering musculoskeletal quality improvement initiatives

Please click here to view the job description

Relocation packages available 

Moū - About you
To be successful it is important that you have a proven ability to exercise clinical autonomy and decision making in the context of complexity, uncertainty and varying levels of risk, holding accountability for decisions made. Your application should demonstrate advanced evidence-based practice, as well as the ability to develop and maintain highly effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

The right candidate will be expected to deliver a high standard of patient-centred care, possess a friendly and approachable attitude, apply outstanding team-working, communication, and organisational skills to your daily practice.

There may be opportunities to combine a part time TOTS role with a part time musculoskeletal outpatient role within the Taranaki Physiotherapy department. If this is of interest, please contact Vicky Lee and/or indicate this in your application.

Do you share in our vision, our values and will ensure our patients feel supported and cared for throughout their journey with us?

We would love to hear from you! -  Join us!

If you would like further information or if you have any queries please contact in confidence and indicate the job title in the subject line.

If you want to make an application click on "Apply Online" from within this page.

For further information, please contact Greg Sheffield or Vicky Lee on Email: or

Applications Close Sunday 12 March 2023

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai
By joining together, we will succeed

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