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Mental Health Assistants

Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services

District Wide - Waitaki, Otago and Southland

Forensic, Intellectual Disability Services (Medium Secure Unit), Mental Health for Older Persons, Adult Intensive and Acute Care inpatient units

  • Permanent, full-time or part-time positions
  • Enjoy variety in your work?
  • Training opportunities will be available

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

Expressions of interest are being sought from Mental Health Assistants to work across all areas of inpatient mental health.

About the role / About you

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 enthusiastic Mental Health Assistants to join our team, with full-time and part-time opportunities available.

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. Our ideal applicant will be confident in providing support and assistance; display initiative; be patient focused at all times; be able to adapt to a changing environment and have computer literacy. A knowledge of Te Reo Maori would also be advantageous. Full training and support will be offered to those who are new to mental health.

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

If you think you have what it takes to meet the challenge of caring for people in a mental health environment, register your interest today.

The Southern DHB

Here at Southern DHB, we're up to the challenge of realising our vision of Better Health, Better Lives, Whanau Ora; and to help us achieve this we're very focused on bringing into our organisation people who display our values of being Kind, Open and Positive, with a sense of Community.

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

The location

At the very top of the list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is the lifestyle. We're home to the most beautiful landscapes in New Zealand, if it's the great outdoors that presses your buttons; and we're within easy reach of the likes of Queenstown if its adrenalin you seek. It's all here - the opportunity to create a fantastic work/life balance is waiting for you. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, minimal traffic and friendly locals, but with the same sporting and cultural activities you'd find anywhere else. Whether it's surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing, theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: open

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.

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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 5769or 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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