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Mental Health Assistants

Mental Health Assistants - Ward 9b, Intensive Care

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Full-time
  • Fixed-term period - 6 months (28 November 2021)
  • Mental Health Assistants x6
  • Dunedin - safe, family friendly with excellent schooling options

About us

The Adult Intensive Care Mental Health Inpatient Unit at Wakari Hospital provides care within a range of different settings and environments. You'll join an expert multidisciplinary clinical team who provide input to consumers who require comprehensive assessment and/or treatment. The majority of consumers present with serious complex mental health issues.

About the opportunity

We're looking for Mental Health Assistants to join our team who have an interest in acute mental health. 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.

Training to be effective in the position will be provided.

About you

Our ideal applicant will be confident in providing support and assisting patients; display initiative; be patient 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 driver's licence is a requirement for this position.

We look forward to hearing from you if working on this ward for a 'temporary period' suits your lifestyle and 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:

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

View position description

Closing date: Sunday, 23 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.

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 5769or email

Pre-employment checks

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

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police vetting/Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • To apply: We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: