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Court Liaison / Forensic Clinician (Nelson)

  • Suitable role for a Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist or registered with DAPAANZ, with acute mental health post-registration experience
  • Rewarding role within a supportive and well-established team
  • Make a difference working with adults and their family and whānau

In Nelson Tasman, Adult Community Mental Health and Addiction Services are delivered by an established multi-disciplinary team based at Nelson Hospital. This team delivers a comprehensive clinical resource to adults affected by acute or enduring severe mental illness.

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

This is an exciting role that will facilitate access to services for adults in the community who have offended, and are affected by mental health or addiction issues. It will sit with the Nelson Addiction Service, while providing triaging, assessments and liaison within the justice system. The role will provide networking and facilitate engagement with the justice and mental health and addiction services, while holding a case load with the Nelson Addiction Service.

This is a permanent, full-time position working 80 hours a fortnight. Our usual hours of work are between 8AM and 5PM, Monday to Friday. Duly Authorised Officer experience would be an advantage; however, training will be provided.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

The successful candidate will be culturally competent, have great interpersonal skills and be able to provide assessments and referrals to services. They will ensure the mental health needs of people involved in the criminal justice system are attended to. They will be a NZ registered health professional (occupational therapist, registered nurse, social worker, or registered DAPAANZ), with experience working with adults, and they will be conversant with current research relating to mental health, addiction and offending.

Whilst we are looking for experienced practitioners, we recruit primarily for attitude. You will need to fit into a cohesive team culture of collaborative practice, openness, humour, and respect across disciplines and will engender confidence, trust and rapport with clients, their support networks and other agencies and service providers.

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health is the main health provider for the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough's largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Ētahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

You will have a passion for working with people in the justice system, liaising with Court staff and the Mental Health and Addiction Services. You will be providing information and networking across the different services, allowing for robust treatment and support.

This is an important liaison role working across the justice system and mental health and addiction services providing liaison and collaboration.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

For role specific information please contact Rebecca Greig - Interim Manager, Addiction Service on

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274

Keen to apply now, it's easy. Please complete our online application form.


Applications close on Saturday, 6 November 2021 (unless filled prior).

Applications will be reviewed as received, so we encourage you to apply early.

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.