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Mental Health Assistant

Ward 9A Forensic Mental Health

Wakari Hospital

  • Fixed-term until 30 January 2022
  • Full-time 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)

About the team

Based at Wakari Hospital, high on the hills above Dunedin. You'll be working in a secure environment predominantly with patients referred from the courts and/or prison setting for assessment and/or treatment. Increasingly we provide a rehabilitative role in assisting patients with complex needs to reintegrate into the community. Every day you get to work with and alongside a dynamic and committed multidisciplinary team.

About the opportunity

We are looking for a Mental Health Assistant keen for a fixed-term appointment to support and assist our nursing and allied health staff to ensure an effective and efficient service on this Ward within the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service.

About you

You'll need a positive attitude and very good communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of a team. Our Mental Health Assistant staff can be asked to work a variety of shifts over seven days; mornings (7.30am start), afternoons (3.00pm start) and nights (11.15pm start).

Our ideal applicant will be confident in providing support and assisting patients; be motivated, display initiative, be patient focused at all times and be able to adapt to a changing, and at times challenging environment.

We look forward to hearing from you if you feel that you meet the criteria in the attached position description. Applicants should also note that a full driver's licence is a requirement for this position.

About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. We take pride in all the services we provide and our aim is to improve, promote and protect the health of our region. We believe that our dedicated and passionate staff are a significant driving force behind the achievement of these standards, and we need more like minded people to help us continue providing for our community.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first-class primary through to tertiary education, and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing, theatre, live music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Why don't you check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Tuesday, 26 October 2021.

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don't delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

Do you currently work for Southern DHB? If so, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here: Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor -Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769 or email caroline.godfrey@southerndhb.govt.nz

Pre-employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to the following:

  • Occupational health assessment
  • Police vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous public service departments and statutory Crown entities only
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