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Mental Health Professional

Specialist Addiction Services


  • Permanent, full-time (1.0FTE, 40 hours per week) + (on-call Mental Health Roster)

Do you have a positive/can-do outlook, a genuine interest and previous experience working with clients with substance use issues? Then come and join our collaborative and friendly team at the Specialist Addiction Service (SAS), based in the Community Mental health team in Balclutha. There is an expectation of driving approximately weekly to Dunedin to access support and training from the Addiction service based at Wakari Hospital.

About the role

As part of this dedicated team you'll have your own caseload of clients on Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) meaning your days will be busy and varied. OST Case Management will be approximately half of your caseload. The other half will be one on one assessment and counselling for clients with other substance use problems. You'll have regular contact with other DHB Health Services, and NGO's, so you must be an excellent communicator who is adept at interacting with your clients, colleagues, and external organisations, always striving to ensure the best results.

About you

You will bring to this role a solid understanding of addiction issues and experience in working with clients with co-existing problems (CEP) and you'll be able to demonstrate strength in screening, assessment, brief intervention, and clear decision-making skills. Desirable skills and experience related to mental health and physical health assessment.

In addition to the addiction-specific role, this role includes participation in the after-hours mental health on-call roster. Experience working in a mental health setting is preferred. It is expected that you will work towards becoming a Duly Authorised Officer of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) act (1992). A Registered Nurse is preferred for this position, but applications form other suitably qualified and health professionals will be considered.

You'll be an innovative thinker who can look for opportunities to further develop the role. So, if the prospect of working with other dedicated clinicians excites you, and you're a real team player, happy to use your initiative and embrace change, then apply now!

You will be a Registered Mental Health Professional (Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, or DAPAANZ registered clinician). It is desirable that you hold relevant post-graduate qualifications. You will also require a full New Zealand driver's licence.

The location

Located on the mighty Clutha River, Balclutha is the largest town in the region and the gateway to the Catlins coast. If you are a lover the great outdoors and fishing this could be just the place for you, with the river open for salmon and trout fishing all year round!

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first-class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it's kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Wednesday, 7 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 Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone: (03) 214 5749 or

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)