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Clinical Health Psychologist

Community Services, Southland Hospital

  • Salary band - $83,000 to $112,000 p.a pro rata plus Kiwisaver
  • Permanent opportunity with flexible hours for the right candidate (32 to 40 hours per week) - talk to us about what works for your work-life balance!
  • Affordable housing and beautiful scenery
  • Make every weekend an adventure with amazing destinations close by!
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation in nearby Queenstown, Arrowtown and Te Anau

Mō te tūranga - About the role

Southern DHB is looking for a Clinical Health Psychologist based in Invercargill, ideally on a full-time basis (40 hours per week), to support a range of services across adult and paediatric outpatients. You will be working with individuals and in group settings. The Physical Health Psychology service is a highly valued service at Southland Hospital and provides a unique opportunity for a psychologist to have an incredibly varied caseload whilst working across the lifespan.

The duties of this position will include the following:

  • Support the provision and delivery of a high-quality health psychology service at Southland Hospital, Invercargill
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with health professionals from multiple services
  • Providing psychological advice, consultation and training to non-psychological colleagues working across a variety of health services
  • Management of a varied caseload including the assessment, formulation and intervention of anxiety and mood difficulties relevant to patients with long-term physical health conditions across a wide range of services including (but not limited to) Diabetes, Cardiology, Respiratory, Stroke, Renal, Bariatrics and Gastroenterology
  • Provide psychological interventions that promote rehabilitation and psychological well-being including support for adjustment and/or treatment adherence at the time of diagnosis or acute/significant change in medical status or treatment
  • Working autonomously within professional guidelines and the overall framework of Southern DHB policies and procedures
  • Access to health psychology administrative support to support them administratively in their role
  • Supported through specialist individual clinical supervision, a generous CME allocation, attendance at southern-wide monthly psychology meetings and have opportunities to connect with other psychologists working in physical health contexts across the country through online special interest/supervision groups

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Mōu ake - About you

As an experienced Clinical Health Psychologist, you will have proven competence, knowledge and skills required for the assessment, formulation and intervention for our hospital patients. You will be confident in using clinical judgement in a range of situations and will be able to apply psychological interventions as appropriate.

To be successful in this position, you will also need to demonstrate the following:

  • Be highly self-motivated and have the ability to manage and prioritise a high workload autonomously
  • Demonstrated clinical practice in therapy for people with physical health difficulties and concerns
  • Hold a valid Annual Practicing Certificate (APC) and be registered with the New Zealand Psychologists Board.
  • Able to uphold a professional manner, confidentiality, and sensitivity at all times
  • Be a friendly team player who is comfortable actively participating within a multi-disciplinary team

Experience in supervising students will also be beneficial, as there is an expectation that you will supervise Psychology intern students when required.

Painga - Benefits:

  • Ongoing professional development and career opportunities
  • Short work commutes - only 10 to 15 minutes' drive to work from anywhere in the city
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Access to discounted staff holiday accommodation in Te Anau and Central Otago
  • Access to a range of retail, childcare, and entertainment discounts
  • Access to generous CME allocation

Mō mātou - About us

Sick of long commutes to work? Southland Hospital is located within a 10 to 15 minute drive from anywhere in Invercargill and offers free car parking on-site for staff. Our hospital is a modern, secondary level 4 base hospital offering an innovative and progressive working environment. Small and intimate enough to get to know not only your colleagues, but your patients in particular. Here you will enjoy a clinically challenging and rewarding job combined with a relaxed and satisfying lifestyle.

Now is a great time to relocate to the Southern District if you were considering the move. The Southern District offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first-class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it's the outdoors - kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; or theatre, live music or art or shopping and dining out - there's literally something for everyone. Check out or check out Discover Invercargill for what we can offer you and your whanau.

Utu whānui - Salary range

This role belongs to the APEX/DHBs Psychologists Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (19 June 2023 - 30 June 2025) and falls between the Step 1 ($83,708 p.a) and Step 10 ($112,058 p.a pro rata)

Rā mōnehu - Closing date: Friday, 26 July 2024.

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Tono ināianei - Apply now

For further information please contact James Boyd, Recruitment Advisor,

All conversations will be confidential in nature.

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting/Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: