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Addictions Practitioner - Community

Southern Maori Mental Health and Addiction Service – Practitioner Vacancies

Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust (NKMP) is seeking experienced Mental Health/Alcohol and Addictions Practitioners to work with whanau in the Southern District (offices based in Dunedin and Invercargill).

NKMP is a not-for-profit health and social service provider with 20 years of delivery in Southland employing more than 60 staff. NKMP delivers a range of services including addiction counselling, gambling harm counselling, disability support and advocacy, Restorative Justice, Whanau Ora, community nursing services and He Puna Waiora Wellness Centre (A Low Cost Access doctor service) among others.

Our mission is to connect whanau with resources, ideas and energy for wellbeing and independence. Our vision is excellence in service delivery to whanau and community. NKMPT management and staff strive to personify a set of working ethics so whanau and community can strongly identify with our mode of delivery.

Our team has openings for experienced practitioners in the Addictions field, who understand kaupapa Maori cultural practices in the role of drug and alcohol rehabilitation. These are full-time positions.

Opportunities are available in both our Invercargill and newly opening Dunedin office; the key responsibilities of the role are:

  • Assessment and treatment planning
  • Risk management
  • Case management
  • Client education and group facilitation
  • Promoting whānau/caregiver involvement
  • Group facilitation
  • Assistance in programme planning
  • Capable of working remotely

The desired applicant will have experience working in the field of mental health and addictions, effective communication skills, be able to work autonomously and in a team, have a comprehensive knowledge of drug treatment modalities, demonstrate an understanding and commitment to Tikanga Maori, be able to cope under pressure, have great time management skills, a positive attitude, be well presented and hold a current full driver’s license.

You must be a registered clinical practitioner or on a pathway to registration with DAPAANZ (or equivalent).

Apply by forwarding your CV and a cover letter stating interest and preferred location of work (Dunedin/Invercargill) to: Wendy Ellis, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill, or email For remuneration details contact Wendy Ellis.

Employment is subject to police vetting and the requirements of the Children Act (2014).



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