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Kaioranga Hauora (Cultural Worker)

Te Oranga Tonu Tanga, Southern DHB secondary care Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAID)

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Full-time 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week) permanent role

Exciting opportunity in a supportive environment

Are you passionate about improving Maori Health outcomes?

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.

About the team

The Kaupapa Maori Mental Health service provide support to patients who are experiencing moderate to severe mental illness. Te Oranga Tonu Tanga and Te Korowai Ora are based in Dunedin and Invercargill respectively and comprise of multidisciplinary teams who provide mental health and cultural support to consumers.

Te Oranga Tonu Tanga service comprises of Registered Nurses, Kaioranga Hauora Māori / Cultural Workers and Kaumatua who provides clinical and cultural expertise to support tangata whaiora and whānau who experience moderate to severe mental illness.

About the role

As a Kaioranga you will work towards improving the health status of Māori and reduce health inequalities by providing a tikaķa best practice holistic nursing service.The Kaioranga will provide interventions which are recovery focused, safe, culturally and clinically appropriate within SDHB Maori Health Services and SDHB Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services. The Kaioranga will work from a Kaupapa Maori philosophic framework, promoting wellness and recovery, working alongside whanau in collaboration with clinical services to ensure that services meet their needs.

Kaioranga Hauora Māori will provide cultural assessment / action plan and interventions which will be developed in partnership with tangata whaiora and their whanau that is recovery focused and promotes good health and wellness. The Kaioranga Hauora Māori will work in partnership with other Te Oranga Tonu Tanga team members and other Southern DHB MHAID staff.

About you

We are looking for a passionate motivated person who has a passion for and knowledge of Māori health and mental health. You must have the ability to work collaboratively with the Maori Health Directorate teams in Dunedin and Invercargill and work alongside other hospital services including SDHB Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services to ensure cultural aspects are recognised, acknowledged and incorporated into all assessments and interventions.

In this role you will be expected to have an understanding of 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 to the use of Te Reo Maori, Tikanga and Whakawhanaungatanga, as well as passion for working alongside teams to consumers and their family within this specialist mental health service.

You will have excellent organisational, communication and computer skills.You will have the confidence to build successful working relationships with those around you, the ability to work independently or within a multidisciplinary team environment. You will be competent with Te Reo, have a relationship within the Māori community and a clean driver's licence.

The individual we are seeking with have knowledge of tikanga Māori to join our team of health professionals who provide Hauora Maori interventions to Māori who enter into Mental Health Addictions and Intellectual Disability services. You will be required to complete cultural assessments, provide support and involve Māori and whanau in decision making, hospital treatment and discharge planning to achieve the best possible health outcomes.

The location

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it's surfing, kayaking or sailing, skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Check out https://southernhealthcareers.... for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Wednesday, 10 March 2021.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Children's Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB's commitment to child protection, you will be subject to 'safety checks' under the Children's Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-employment occupational health assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

To apply

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