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Mental Health Assistant

Mental Health Assistant - Resource team

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Casual 'as and when required'
  • Enjoy variety in your work?

Do you have an interest in making a real difference in the lives of people within the mental health sector?

About you / About the role

You will be working across the Mental Health and Intellectual Disability inpatient wards by supporting the provision of care in a range of areas. We seek an enthusiastic Mental Health Assistant to join our team on a casual 'as and when required' basis. Our Mental Health Assistants are key team members who assist our nursing and allied health staff to ensure an effective and efficient service. As an Assistant working in mental health, you'll need to have a positive attitude and good communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of the team.

We need mental health assistants to support inpatient staff, working predominately night shifts but maybe required to work other shifts from time to time.

Applicants should also note that a full driver's licence is a requirement for this position.

Our ideal applicant will be confident in providing support and assisting patients, display initiative, be patient focussed at all times, be able to adapt to a changing environment and have computer literacy.

We look forward to hearing from you if you feel that this is a role in which you would shine.

The location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat! Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages. Some of New Zealand's most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance. To find out more about living here please click the following link: https://www.dunedinnz.com/ - there's literally something for everyone! Check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

About the Southern DHB

Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill city, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin city. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards

Closing date: Monday, 5 May 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.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), 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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