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Mental Health Acute Care Support (MHACS) Specialty Education Nurse, Emergency Department

Nau mai, haere mai ki Ūpoko ki te uru hauora.

Location: Wellington/Hutt Hospital Emergency Departments and MHAIDS (note mainly hospital based)

Contract: Part time, 0.6 FTE in either ED. Between normal business hours Monday-Friday

Salary: Grade 3-4 of Senior Nursing Scale - Pending experience

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

Are you interested in a new challenge? The Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Support (MHACS) is a 3 year, Ministry of Health funded national initiative, which was established in 2020 in response to the psycho social challenges faced by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent national lockdowns. The key aim of this initiative is to support people attending Emergency Departments who are experiencing a mental health and/or addiction crisis and give our staff the capability and capacity to respond.

Moū – About you

We are looking for experienced, skilled mental health nurses to work alongside our Emergency Departments (ED) and support the professional development of clinical and non-clinical staff. You will have a passion for mentoring and role modelling best practice, and work with our existing MHAIDS ED Liaison staff to meet the needs of the communities we serve. You will also be responsible for developing clinical pathways that acknowledge cultural values and result in responsive, compassionate and safe care for people and their whānau.


  • Provide education and training to Emergency Department staff (including non-clinical staff) and in future other external NGO and primary care staff.
  • Develop and deliver a formal annual training and education calendar
  • Support existing MHAIDS ED staff at times of high demand, and provide clinical care which incorporates brief, rapid mental health triage incorporating a robust risk assessment and evidence of planning and handover to the appropriate service for the person’s needs
  • Develop and implement mental health and addictions clinically specific pathways and protocols alongside the MHAIDS Quality and Risk team and existing MHAIDS ED Liaison staff/other key stakeholders to ensure an effective, safe and compassionate response.

Skills & Experience

  • Experience in mental health triage, risk assessment and working alongside people who are experiencing a mental health crisis, assisting them with their recovery
  • Ideally skills and experience in providing training and education, specialising in mental health to both clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Registered/experienced mental health professional with current Annual Practising Certificate and management training/qualification desirable
  • Current Full Driver’s license

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