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Mental Health Professional

Invercargill Community Mental Health Team

Southland Hospital

  • Parental leave cover - fixed-term up to 02 December 2022
  • Part-time (32 hours per week)
  • Possible New Graduate opportunity

About the team

We offer you a warm, pleasant working environment, very good resources and the opportunity to work and develop professionally within a progressive and friendly team that is well supported by management.

The role / About you

We have a vacancy for a Mental Health Professional to join our progressive and dynamic multidisciplinary team on a fixed-term basis, to cover a period of parental leave. Within this position you will be responsible for case managing a busy case-load working across the adult age range, assessing, maintaining and managing clinical risk, whilst working alongside consumers, family/whanau and support agencies.

Joining our multi-disciplinary team of Psychiatrists, Clinical Psychologists, Registered Nurses and Social Workers and Occupational therapists, you'll work with a broad-based generic case-load, utilising your mental health experience. As someone committed to the MDT approach with a focus on excellent service delivery, you'll also appreciate that we offer ongoing tailored professional development specific to our Mental Health team.

You will bring to this role previous experience in a mental health setting and have excellent communication and time management skills. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate that they are a team player and are fully commitment to providing quality care to the patients and their families of the service. Other attributes required include exceptional communication skills and the ability to meet the demands of a busy workload.

You will also hold a strong sense of self, a positive 'can do' attitude and a commitment to working cohesively in a dynamic multidisciplinary team.

Although experience in a mental health setting would be preferred if you are a new graduate and have a passion for working in mental health we would like to hear from you. Support and training will be provided for new practitioners.

You must be a registered health professional, with a current APC - registered nurse, occupational therapist, social worker or clinical psychologist with experience working within the mental health sector, be eligible to live and work in New Zealand and hold a current New Zealand driver's licence.

If you think this sounds like you then apply now!

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.

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.

Closing date: Friday, 19 November 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

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)

Covid vaccination requirements

Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021, to be employed with Southern DHB you will be required to be fully vaccinated as a health care worker. If you have already been fully vaccinated you will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff. If you are not yet fully vaccinated you must make arrangements to undertake your first vaccination no later than the 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the order, by 1 December 2021.