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Lived experience community development advisor - Mental Health and Addictions Service

Where you’ll be working: Mental Health and Addictions Service - Waikato Hospital

The details: Permanent – 80 hours per fortnight

We are seeking a dynamic and passionate individual, to join the service in this new role which is focused on enabling participation of lived experience voice in service and system development.

About the service:

Waikato District Health Board Mental Health and Addiction Service are re-developing the way care is provided to meet the needs of tangata whai ora and their whānau. In partnership with other services, the mental health and addiction service will develop integrated community hubs. Health and well-being services will work together to improve the health and well-being of tangata whai ora and their whānau. Equity is an important focus in the delivery of mental health services.

About the role:

This role requires lived mental health experience, ability to develop and implement an effective framework for enabling a range of consumer/lived experience perspectives into service delivery and development work. An ability to have strong relationships and partnerships across a range of stakeholders is critical.

This position requires someone with creativity, willingness to embrace change and pursue innovation and heart for the work that they do. A dynamic and challenging opportunity to see service delivery shaped in different ways, and informed by a range of perspective.

This position will work closely with the whanau development coordinator in particular – ensuring tangata whai ora and whanau voice is enabled, and integrated.

Please click here to view the position description.


The Waikato District Health Board Health & Safety has a policy that includes ensuring that you comply with the Health Order announced 11 October 2021 and with the Waikato DHB’s Vaccine Preventable Diseases for Employees policy. The policy prescribes the required vaccinations including COVID19 for all employees of Waikato DHB. COVID-19 vaccinations are mandatory before you commence employment.

Why us:

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.

Why Waikato:

Well known for its underground water wonders, surf beaches and green hills, the Waikato region offers a wealth of nature-based activities and attractions for the whole whānau surrounding a vibrant city hub. Waikato DHB delivery region spans a diverse geography and population from the top of the Coromandel, to the fringes nearing National Park.

Learn more about living in the mighty Waikato here

If you are seeking a new opportunity, and a Waikato based lifestyle - this position could be for you. We welcome your interest and application

Your application:

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

For more information call: Cara Thomas, Director on 027 264 6784 or email -

Application closing date: 26 April 2022


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