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Clinical Psychologist Forensic

Ward 9a

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent 0.5 FTE - 20 hours per week
  • Flexible role
  • Career development opportunities

About the team

Our Regional Forensic Mental Health Service (RFMHS) is accepting applications for aClinical Psychologistto join our multidisciplinary team.The RFMHS provides forensic mental health input across Otago and Southland and includes a 13 bed medium secure inpatient ward9Ain Dunedin, forensic community teams and regional prison and court liaison services. The roleis primarily based within the Medium Secure Unit of Ward 9A working with a full multidisciplinary team to deliver a range of therapeutic services and programmes.Ward 9A has a strong emphasis on linking people with family/whānau and support persons and reintegration into the wider community.

About the role / About you

This is an exciting opportunity for a Clinical Psychologist to join the RFMHS based at Wakari Hospital on a part-time basis.

In this position you will primarily work on Ward 9A medium secure unit with consumers/tangata whaiora referred for assessment and/or treatment from the prison and court setting. As the core patient population are special patients; there is a key focus on rehabilitation to assist patients with complex needs to reintegrate back to 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 requiregood time management skillstoenable your assessment,planning, and delivery ofeffective clinical psychology interventions forconsumers/tangata whaiora. You will have a passion for supporting people with mental illness,be able to participate in individual and group therapiesand contribute actively to the multi-disciplinary team. Ensuring the continued wellbeing ofconsumers/tangata whaiorawill 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. Future professional development areas within RFMHS include psychological input into the care of mentally disordered prisoners, completion of court-ordered health assessor report and community follow up for consumers/tangata whaiora who have successfully re-established their lives in the community.

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.

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.

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), a competitive cost of living and housing, an array of recreation opportunities, great food and wine, outstanding nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to mountain. Join the fantastic southern lifestyle now and visit -

Whether it's 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.

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Closing date: Sunday, 6 March 2022.

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.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

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

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)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.

To apply

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