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Community Mental Health Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker - Homelessness Team

The details: Permanent – 80 hours per fortnight

Exciting opportunity for an experienced qualified mental health clinician (Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker) to be a member of a new community service working in partnership with a Kaupapa Māori Community Housing Provider to enable whānau with complex needs to transfer from the Henry Rongomau Bennett Centre to independent accommodation.

The team will provide an intensive case management approach to support whānau to reintegrate to community, sustain independent living and improve health and wellbeing. Due to the client complexity there may be a need on occasion to work flexible hours.

Access to decent and affordable housing is one of the major challenges of current times, and is even more difficult for our vulnerable Māori whānau who also experiencing the debilitating effects of serious mental illness and associated stigma. Come and help make a considerable difference for our community.

Required skills & experience:

• experience of community MH and/or AoD practice

• Interest in Te Ao Māori and Tikanga practice and partnership approach

• Solution based, person centred, strength based approach

• Team player

• Excellent communication skills

• Networking skills

• Knowledge of Housing First type philosophy

• Strong risk assessment skill.

• Experienced in community MH crisis work.

• Excellent organisational and documentation skills

• Willingness to engage in practical tasks and get your hands dirty

To view the position description for Community Mental Health Nurse click here, for Occupational Therapist click here or Social Worker click here.

Why us:

The Waikato District Health Board (DHB) is one of the largest of 20 DHBs in New Zealand.

We are a values based and inclusive organisation that is committed to deliver the best health outcomes for our total population. To do this we are working hard to develop a robust and capable workforce that reflects the population we serve. We strongly encourage applicants from all backgrounds with the necessary capability and who share our values to apply and would greatly value seeing more applicants from our Māori communities.

Your application:

Please apply directly online, applications are not able to be accepted via email.

For any queries about the role please contact

Application closing date: 18 October 2021


Theme “People at Heart” – Te iwi Ngakaunui

• Give and earn respect - Whakamana

• Listen to me; talk to me – Whakarongo

• Fair play – Mauri Pai

• Growing the good – Whakapakari

• Stronger together – Kotahitanga