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Mental Health Assistant - Wāhi Oranga (Inpatient Mental Health Unit)

Nelson Hospital

Permanent, full-time

  • Join our enthusiastic, forward thinking team
  • Experience working in the field of mental health is preferred
  • Opportunity to learn and further develop your skills

Ngā mōhiohio e pā ana ki tēnei mahi (About this position)

Wāhi Oranga is a large unit that provides intensive acute and rehabilitative cares for people admitted to the unit.

Our team is passionate about mental health and the recovery process, delivering a high standard of care and having a real impact on the lives of some of our most vulnerable people. As a Mental Health Assistant your role is to work with the team to provide basic nursing care under the supervision and direction of Registered Nurses. This will include working with challenging behaviours. We strive to create a positive and balanced work environment and safe workloads.

We have a permanent, full-time position available working an average of 80 hours a fortnight over a six week rotating roster cycle. Our shifts are rostered four days on two days off, across mornings, afternoons and nights, including weekends and school holidays.

Ko wai he kaitono tōtika? (Who is an appropriate applicant?)

We are looking for a person with excellent communication skills, whom ideally has experience working in the mental health field. It is equally important that you are able to work in a flexible and methodical manner, demonstrate honesty and reliability and use appropriate initiative.


Required qualifications include:


  • Year 11 NCEA level 1 English (or equivalent)
  • Year 11 NCEA level 1 Maths (or equivalent)


  • NZQA Level 3 Certificate in Health and Wellbeing - Health Assistance Strand (or equivalent)

Ā mātou rōpū (About our team)

Nelson Marlborough Health (NMH) is the main health provider for Te Tau Ihu, the top of the south. Nearly 3,000 strong, we are Nelson and Marlborough's largest employer, which means the opportunities here are endless. Our main locations are Nelson and Wairau Hospitals but we are spread across the region and service all parts of the community. Our work can be challenging, but we are up for it. We have a great team and we work hard to make a difference. We value integrity, innovation, respect and teamwork.

Etahi atu mōhiohio (More Information)

Ngā huanga o tēnei mahi (The benefits of this position)

You will be joining a great team that values teamwork and is committed to supporting the best possible health outcomes for our patients.

In this role you have the opportunity to apply your skills to making a real difference to people's lives. At Nelson Marlborough Health we do great work and we need a great team to help us deliver.

Me pēhea ahau e tono ai? (How do I apply?)

Keen to apply now, it's easy. Please fill in our online application form.

For general enquiries please contact our recruitment team on or 03 546 1274.

Alternatively for role specific information please contact Gabrielle Jones, Charge Nurse Manager on


Applications close on Sunday, 30 May 2021.

Nelson Marlborough Health strongly endorses Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

We believe that to achieve equity in health outcomes for Māori we need a workforce reflective of the population it serves. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who identify as Māori and we recruit for cultural competence.

He waka eke noa. We are all in this together.



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