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Mental Health Assistants

Intellectual Disability Services (Medium Secure Unit) and Ward 10a (Special Needs Unit) Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Casual roles
  • Work as and when required

About the team

The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital, high above Dunedin with stunning views of the city and ocean. The IDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a - a 12 bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage - a four bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and the Community Liaison team.

Ward 10a is a medium secure 12 bed inpatient service for Intellectually Disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, whom require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.

About the opportunity / About you

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

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. Computer literacy is essential and experience working with people in the health sector is an advantage.

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.

We look forward to hearing from you if you feel that you meet the criteria in the attached position description and working on an as and when required basis suits your lifestyle.

Why us?

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. Check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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.

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Closing date: Sunday, 24 October 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 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 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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