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Mental Health Professional

Invercargill or Dunedin

  • Full-time, permanent vacancy 1.0FTE (40 hours week)
  • Fantastic outdoor lifestyle on your doorstep
  • Work as part of an integrated team to provide mental health support
  • Based in Invercargill or Dunedin

Are you a confident and effective communicator, truly passionate about your work and hold an unwavering belief in people's recovery?

About the team

The Youth Forensic team is a specialised service providing support for youth who are engaged in offending behaviours within the juvenile justice system and who are also experiencing emotional and /or mental health disorders. 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.

About you

We have available, a permanent full-time role based in either Dunedin or Invercargill, for a Mental Health Professional or Registered Nurse working within our Youth Forensic service. You will provide an effective, efficient service for youth who are engaged in offending behaviours within the juvenile justice system and who are also experiencing emotional and/or mental health disorders.

To be successful in this role you will have the following:

  • Advocate for forensic youth, focusing on their optimum care and resilience
  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment and provide treatment advice alongside consultation with the multidisciplinary youth forensic team
  • Provide referral of the youth for any potentially unmet need identified
  • Support the Youth court processes to ensure effective liaison and developed professional relationships

There is a degree of working autonomously with this role, but you must also to be able to interact and work alongside the wider Youth Forensic Speciality team based across the district in both Invercargill and Dunedin. Ideally you'll be experienced within a mental health setting and having worked with youth, you'll be New Zealand Registered and hold a current annual practising certificate, if you are a Registered Nurse you'll have a scope of practise that allows you to work in Mental Health. A current full driver's licence is also a requirement.

We provide good orientation to our roles and will support your on-going professional development needs.

So, if you want to make a difference, possess a positive attitude, a strong sense of self-awareness and personal resilience, and relish working in the field of Youth Forensics, then we encourage you to apply.

The location

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, competitive cost of living, 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 opportunity to create a fantastic work/life balance is within your reach.

About the 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. Located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City.

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.

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

View position description

Closing date: Sunday, 9 January 2022.

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.