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Mental Health and Addictions Practitioner


Nga Kete Matauranga Pounamu Charitable Trust (NKMP) is seeking an experienced Mental Health/Alcohol and Addictions Practitioner to work with whanau in the Dunedin office.

Mahana Southern Māori Mental Health and Addiction Service is a southern-wide service offering one-on-one counselling, group work, experiential learning, education and information, and wananga-based interventions.

In joining this Kaupapa Māori service, the desired applicants will have the following attributes and responsibilities:

· Be able to provide confidential counselling and tautoko to tangata whaiora who experience mild to moderate mental health and addiction issues

· Be able to work with individuals, whanau or groups in therapy that engages Māori modalities of wellbeing, etc

· Work well with male tangata whaiora from Community Corrections

· Have a sound knowledge of how Māori / Pasifika / other minority cultures who have challenges of equity / equality

· Be able to use effective communication skills

· Be able to work autonomously and in a team

· Have a comprehensive knowledge of drug treatment modalities

· Highly skilled documentation and able to do comprehensive assessments

· Able to cope under pressure

· Have good time management skills

· Hold a clean current driver’s licence

· Have a strong knowledge base of Māori and non-Māori networks within the Otago Region

· Have a good understanding of Tikanga Māori, Te Reo and what a Kaupapa Māori service is.

· Must have appropriate qualifications in addictions and/or mental health

· Be DAPAANZ registered or similar registration boards (or a pathway to gaining registration)

· Adhere by the DAPAANZ Code of Ethics.

Competitive salary. Immediate start date available. This is a full time position. Relocation cost applies to this position for the right candidate.

Apply by forwarding your CV and a cover letter stating interest to: Danielle Phillips, 92 Spey Street, Invercargill, or email

Employment is subject to police vetting and the requirements of the Children Act (2014).

Vacancy closes Friday 26 July 2024, 5pm