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Clinical Psychologist

Community Forensic Mental Health

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent 0.5 FTE - 20 hours per week
  • Great lifestyle/flexible role
  • Career development opportunities
  • No long commute, no traffic jams, free onsite parking

It all starts here...

About the team

The service comprises a 13 bedded medium secure inpatient unit and a community services that provides consultation and liaison with the Courts, Prisons, Justice Services and follow up treatment for community clients. Clients are between ages of 17 and 65 years and may be charged with or alleged to have committed a criminal offence and have a known or suspected mental illness.

The role / about you

This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to join the Community Forensic Mental Health team based at Wakari Hospital on a part-time basis.

The role comprises case management and intensive work with people experiencing severe enduring mental illness to develop skills for their transition to the community. This includes (but not limited to) assessing, evaluating and modifying structured weekly plans to facilitate client's functioning in the community.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Clinical Psychologist with previous experience of working in the mental health sector. You will have well developed and proven group facilitation and communication skills and be an effective time-manager. Previous experience with court processes and violence risk assessment and treatment would be beneficial although ongoing training and education will be given to the successful candidate on forensic-specific issues.

In this role you will require good time management skills to enable your assessment, planning, and delivery of effective clinical psychology interventions for consumers / tangata whaiora. You will have a passion for supporting people with mental illness, be able to participate in individual and group therapies and contribute actively to the multi-disciplinary team. Ensuring the continued wellbeing of consumers/tangata whaiora will see you liaising extensively with other clinical psychologists within the organisation to facilitate both inpatient and outpatient care.

We provide a thorough orientation to the role and will support your ongoing professional development needs.

To be considered for this role you must be a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the NZ Psychologist's Board, hold a current practising certificate and NZ drivers licence to apply for this role.

The location

If you're not from Dunedin then perhaps you don't know just how good we have it here? There are excellent amenities, schooling (primary through to Otago University), recreation, great food and wine, outstanding nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to mountain. Some people call it the ends of the earth, but we think it's the last best place, so at the top of our list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is the lifestyle.

Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whānau. If you are from Dunedin then we simply don't need to sell it to you, you already know why you're here.

So, if you want to make a difference and hold a positive attitude to your work and others, and you're ready to experience all the wonderful side benefits of living and working in Dunedin (if you don't already) then we encourage you to apply.

About us

As a DHB, we are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City.

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Closing date: Friday, 10 December 2021.

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

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), Phone (03) 214 5769 or Email:

Do you currently work for Southern DHB?

If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse - Applications - Corporate - Success Factors

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)
  • Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 15 November 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.


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