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Mental Health Assistant

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Mental Health Assistant within inpatient services
  • Dunedin - safe, family-friendly with excellent schooling options

About us

Wakari Hospital provides care within a range of different settings and environments. You'll join an expert multidisciplinary clinical team of who provide input to consumers who require comprehensive assessment and/or treatment. The majority of consumers present with serious complex mental health and/or intellectual disabilities

About the opportunity

We're looking for Mental Health Assistants to join our team of inpatient staff who have an interest in mental health and intellectual disabilities. 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 inpatient 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 and be able to undertake rostered shifts duties (Monday through to Sunday).

About you

Our ideal applicant will be confident and physically able to provide support and assist consumers; display initiative, be consumer focussed at all times, and be able to adapt to a changing environment. Computer literacy is essential and experience working with people in the health sector is an advantage.

Applicants should also note that a full diriver's licence is a requirement for this position. We look forward to hearing from you if working in such an area appeals and that this is a role in which you would shine.

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 for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Sunday, 04 July 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 the internal careers site

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, phone (03) 214 5769 or email

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)