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Director of Psychiatry - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service

Nau mai, haere mai ki Te-Upoko-me-Te-Karu-o-Te-Ika

Location: 3DHB - Hutt Valley, Wellington & Porirua

Service: Mental Health Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service

Salary: Based on MECA ASMS depending on experience

We are looking to appoint a dynamic, results-driven Consultant Psychiatrist to lead the medical workforce within our Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service (MHAIDS). If you are a lateral thinker who is resilient and can engage well with a broad range of stakeholders… read on.

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

This role reports to the MHAIDS Executive Clinical Director and sits on the MHAIDS Senior Leadership Team.

The Director of Psychiatry provides professional leadership across the MHAIDS medical workforce and is responsible for the promotion and maintenance of medical standards and practice within the organisation. They lead medical workforce planning and implementation, and work alongside senior colleagues to develop and implement the strategic vision for the service.

Moū – About you

  • Held a senior role of this nature in the mental health, addiction and intellectual disability sector
  • Knowledge and perspective of mental health, addiction and intellectual disability sector service delivery
  • Demonstrated innovation in health services, particularly for marginalised groups and those who experience inequity
  • Operated within a complex environment, including meeting the needs of multiple organisations at the same time
  • Experience in managing internal and external relationships with an assortment of stakeholders
  • Demonstrated the ability to build relationships and gain the support and participation of key individuals and groups
  • A comprehensive general knowledge of a DHB environment, its strategic priorities, and its strengths and weaknesses
  • Shown the ability to work effectively with external partner organisations
  • Experience and robust understanding of medical recruitment

If you value relationships and the opportunity to work in collaboration to achieve the best outcomes for the people who use our services, we want to hear from you.

Mō tō mātou rōpū – about our team

The hospital and health services of the DHBs provide a range of services. One such group of services is the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability (MHAID) Service, which has over 1400 employees.

MHAIDS spans three DHBs - Wairarapa, Hutt Valley and Capital & Coast - and includes local, regional, and national services. The local MHAIDS services are provided from multiple sites within the 3DHB sub-region – greater Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa. Te Korowai Whariki services include regional forensic and rehabilitation services covering the Central region, and the national youth forensic secure unit, while our intellectual disability services extend the length and breadth of the country, including five bases located in Auckland, Cambridge, Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin.

The core business of the MHAIDS is the provision of quality specialist services, integrated with primary and secondary providers in the communities we serve.

MHAIDS is committed to the underlying principles of:

  • Te Tiriti o Waitangi as the founding document of Aotearoa/New Zealand
  • He Ara Oranga
  • Kia Manawanui Aotearoa
  • Whakamaua – Māori Health Action Plan 2020-2025
  • The New Zealand Disability Strategy: Making a World of Difference – Whakanui Oranga
  • The Intellectual Disability High and Complex Framework

The service has access to business support services including Human Resources and Finance. In addition, the management and delivery of clinical services across MHAIDS is underpinned by consultation, advice, and support from a range of cultural, consumer, and family advisers, along with business, quality and organisational development personnel.

E pā ana ki a tatou – About us

Here at the 2DHBs (Capital & Coast District Health Board and Hutt Valley District Health Boards) we embrace diversity and welcome applications from all people, including all gender identities, ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, disability and religions. A workforce that is diverse and inclusive means that we are better positioned to understand and serve our community.

The 2DHBs are pro-equity health organisation, with a particular focus on Māori, Pacific Peoples, and the Disability Community.

To find out more about us click on the following links:

Capital and Coast DHB

Hutt Valley DHB

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Service

Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to apply

Click the apply now button to send your application directly to us. For further information on this role please email and indicate the job title and vacancy number in the subject line.

2DHB requires ALL its employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19. To comply with the recent health order, applicants must have had their first dose AND their second dose no later than 1 January 2022.

We are not accepting applications that do not meet this criteria.

Please note we will be reviewing applications when received and will progress through the recruitment process

Ma tini, ma mano, ka rapa te whai

By joining together we will succeed