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Alcohol and Drug Clinician - CADS Community Probation Service - South (WDHB13506)

Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) Auckland are looking for a full time registered AOD clinician to work in our CADS Community Probation Service based in South Auckland. We are domiciled in brand new purpose-built premises in Manukau City. This includes new reception, clinical rooms, counselling and large group rooms. Modern staff area with big staff kitchen and outdoor area, staff shower and toilets and large staff training room. Staff parking and bike area. Modern transport hub nearby the Manukau Britomart train and bus station and newly built Puhunui transport station. Westfield Manukau mall a short walking distance less than 5 minutes. MIT, University of Auckland and AUT also a short walking distance from CADs.

About us

CADS are the largest Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) service in New Zealand working with over 15000 people each year. CADS provide free community and inpatient AOD treatment from a number of locations across Auckland. CADS are committed to empowering the community to discover healthier use of substances (harm minimisation) and to promote recovery and wellbeing.

About the role

This position offers an exciting opportunity for those who like to make a difference by working with individuals and their families and assisting them in reducing and resolving alcohol and drug related problems.

You will be working from our community based CADS unit in South Auckland and will give priority to engage those clients who are referred to us by the Community Probation Services and, as required, to the group programme at the Auckland Prison Services as part of the CADS CPS.

About you

You will have relevant tertiary qualifications, excellent communication, assessment, treatment and referral skills, experience and expertise in working with clients and a clear problem solving approach. Group work experience highly regarded.


A sense of social justice and enjoying working with people in all their complexity is required. You will have a non-judgemental attitude, excellent engagement and communication skills, and an ability to work autonomously within a team. You will also have:

  • Full registration with professional body (dapaanz , nursing, social work, counselling, psychology, occupational therapy or related fields)
  • Full, clean drivers licence
  • Legal right to work in NZ
  • Ability to implement Te Tiriti O Waitangi in your daily work
  • Ability to facilitate evening groups


  • Clinical experience in addictions or mental health or similar
  • Comfortable working in a range of settings including probation, prisons, NGOs or
  • Comfortable working with other health and social service providers
  • Lived experience as a consumer or whanau member
  • Experience in group facilitation


  • Working for a regional service in the country’s largest DHB provides more opportunity for professional development and career progression
  • 10 days sick leave and 4 weeks annual leave
  • Competitive salary and paid professional registration as per DHB collective agreement
  • Regular supervision and training

Our Values

At Waitematā DHB we are driven by our values “everyone matters,” “with compassion,” “connected” and “better, best, brilliant.” We are committed to living up to these values to give you the right balance of autonomy, support, development, encouragement and aroha.

Relevant experience and/or training in the alcohol and drug field preferred. For more information please phone Helen Schmidt, Clinical Team Leader, CADS South, (09) 09 263 2000. For any recruitment process related queries, please call Anna Tiaiho, Recruitment Consultant for Mental Health, on (09) 442 7248.

Please click here for a copy of the position description.

To apply for this position, please do so through our careers website at quoting reference number WDHB13506 or by clicking the ‘Apply Now’ button on this page.

Closing date: 13 May 2022

Position reference: WDHB13506