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Cultural Worker / Mental Health Professional

Youth Forensic

Dunedin CBD or Invercargill (District wide role)

  • Permanent, full-time 40 hours per week - 0.5FTE Cultural / 0.5FTE Mental Health Professional
  • Seeking a dynamic and friendly team to work in
  • Are you a Maori Health Worker with experience in Mental Health?

Are you a confident and effective communicator, truly passionate about your work and hold an unwavering belief in people's recovery?

About the team

The Youth Forensic team is a specialised out-patient service providing comprehensive assessment, treatment and / or referral support for youth who are engaged in offending behaviours within the juvenile justice system and who are also experiencing alcohol or other drug problems, emotional and/or mental health disorders. We offer you a warm, pleasant working environment in a modern low-rise building, very good resources and the opportunity to work and develop professionally within a progressive and friendly team that is supported by management.

The Youth Forensic team based within the Youth Specialty Service Otago seeks an experienced Maori Health Cultural Worker / Mental Health Professional to join their multi- disciplinary team on a permanent basis. This is a district wide role and you could be based in either Dunedin or Invercargill.

About the role / About you

In this role you will be expected to provide Tikanga Whakaaro (cultural assessment), Maioha Hou (Treatment Plan and review) whilst enhancing the wellbeing of Whanau, Iwi through Tikanga Maori and restoring balance of Hauora Maori.

You will bring an understanding and an active approach grounded in the use of Te Reo Maori, Tikanga and Whakawhanaungatanga, as well as an unwavering passion for working alongside youth and family within this specialised mental health service.

Most importantly, a deep understanding and first-hand experience in the Maori protocol and traditions will see you excel in this role.

You will be a trained Allied Health professional with a degree in Social Worker or Occupational Therapy or a NZ Registered Nurse with a current APC.

To be successful in this role you will do the following:

  • Advocate for forensic youth, focusing on their optimum care and resilience
  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment and provide treatment advice alongside consultation with the multidisciplinary youth forensic team
  • Provide referral of the youth for any potentially unmet need identified

You will possess a high degree of enthusiasm and initiative in the role, including previous experience in mental health. You will be a strong supportive team player who is proactive in the multidisciplinary team and have a good understanding of working with people from all walks of life without judgement.

We provide good orientation to our roles and will support your on-going professional development needs.

So, if you want to make a difference, possess a positive attitude, a strong sense of self-awareness and personal resilience, and relish working in the field of Youth Forensics, then we encourage you to apply.

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Now is also 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. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

View position description

Applications close on Sunday, 9 January 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, 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 before you commence work and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022.

To apply

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