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Mental Health Assistant

Ward 9A Forensic Mental Health

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Full-time, permanent position

About the team

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 role / About you

We are looking for a full-time Mental Health Assistant 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.

You’ll need a positive attitude and very good communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of 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 focussed 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.

Closing date: Sunday, 12 December 2021.

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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)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination before you commence work and be fully vaccinated, as required by the order, by 1 January 2022.

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