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Mental Health Professional

Mental Health Professional - Specialist Addiction Services

Central Lakes Community Mental Health, Frankton

  • Exciting new opportunity in beautiful Central Otago
  • Permanent, full-time (1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week)

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 on the Frankton Hospital grounds in Frankton, Queenstown. Whilst this position is based at Lakes Hospital, there may be a requirement for you to work out of Dunstan Hospital should the need arise from time to time. This position covers the central Otago area with clinics across the region including Roxburgh, Alexandra, Cromwell and (at times) Wanaka.

About the role

As part of this dedicated team you’ll have your own small case load of clients on Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) meaning your days will be busy and varied. You will also provide 1-1 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. This position some involves driving to the various towns in the district, providing clinics in shared community facilities.

This role includes being part of the Local Community Mental Health Team on call roster approximately two evenings per week and sometimes weekends on call. The person accepted for this position will work towards becoming Duly Authorised Officer administering the Mental Health Act.

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 relate 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 from other suitably qualified Allied Health professionals will be considered.

You’ll be an innovative thinker who can look for the 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 NZ driver licence.

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.

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. 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. Why don’t you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

The location

Central Otago the adventure playground of New Zealand, wineries, cycle trails, skiing, boating, entertain and great dining, what more could you want, there’s literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Applications close on Thursday, 12 August 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.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, Phone (03) 214 5769or email