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Clinical Psychologist

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, full-time (1.0FTE, 40 hours per week)

Do you have a positive/can do outlook, a genuine interest and previous experience working with clients with substance use issues? Then come and join our collaborative and friendly team at the Specialist Addiction Service (SAS), based in Dunedin.

As part of this dedicated team, you'll have your own caseload of internally referred clients meaning your days will be busy and varied. This could include assessing and treating psychological issues related to problematic substance use and taking a role in team decisions about clients. There may also be opportunities to support the group and walk-in programme as well as contribute to evaluation and planning within the service. You'll have regular contact with other DHB health services, and NGO's, so you must be an excellent communicator who is adept at interacting with your clients, colleagues and external organisations, always striving to ensure the best results.

A solid understanding of addiction issues and experience in working with clients with co-existing-problems (CEP) would be a great however, so will a willingness to gain these things. You'll be able to demonstrate clear decision-making skills, strength in screening, assessment and brief intervention as well as conducting appropriate psychological interventions for emotional and behavioural problems.

You'll be an innovative thinker who can look for the opportunities to further develop the role. So if the prospect of working with other dedicated clinicians excites you, you're a real team player, happy to use your initiative and embrace change, then apply now!

You will be a Clinical Psychologist registered with the New Zealand Psychologist Board and hold a current APC with a clinical scope.

About the Southern 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. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

Why Dunedin?

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

Closing date: Sunday, 25 April 2021.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, phone: (03) 214 5749 or email:

Children's Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB's commitment to child protection, you will be subject to 'safety checks' under the Children's Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-employment occupational health assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an occupational health assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

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