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Mental Health Professional - Child and Family Mental Health Services

Central Lakes, Dunstan or Dunedin

  • Permanent - full-time 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)
  • Triage Role
  • Work in beautiful Central Lakes or be based in Dunedin

It's not every day an opportunity comes up to experience a different lifestyle in the gorgeous Central Otago and keep doing what you've trained for. (Alternatively the position can be based in Dunedin). In this role you will be working from the Dunstan Hospital as part of the Central Lakes CMHT, or from the Dunedin base of Youth Specialty Service. You will coordinate triage and intake for the Central Lakes CAFMHS service that covers Queenstown, Wanaka, Dunstan and Cromwell. It's the perfect work / life balance you have been looking for.

About the team

Southern DHB's Child and Family Mental Health Service (CAFMHS) is a specialised service providing assessment, support and treatment for rangatahi (0-18 years) experiencing moderate to severe mental health issues, including support to whanau.

We're passionate about our work, and hold an unwavering belief in rangatahi recovery. We offer a pleasant working environment, good resources, training opportunities, and supportive management. The fantastic Southern lifestyle awaits you, with easy access to the many attractions and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors all on your doorstep.

About the role

This position will see you undertaking the important triage, intake role across central lakes, whilst managing a limited small caseload, providing assessment, treatment and co-working to facilitate the best outcome for rangatahi and whanau. You will enjoy working collaboratively alongside other experienced clinical staff to promote healthy whanau systems and be able to form sound links with external agencies.

About you

You will bring to this role flexibility, experience in triage and working with rangatahi and their whanau within a multidisciplinary setting. We provide good orientation to the position and will support your ongoing professional development needs.

To be considered for this position you must have relevant mental health experience, experience in working with young people experiencing mental health issues, hold current registration and an annual practising certificate as either a Registered Nurse with a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health or as an Allied Health Professional (Social Worker, Occupational Therapist).

You will be required to participate on an after-hours on call roster and be a DAO (Duly Authorised Officer) or undertake training. A current, full driver's licence is essential. If you choose to be based in Dunedin there will benoafter hours on call requirement.

About the Southern DHB

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 350,000 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. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's health boards.

The location

The Southern district, a great place to live. Central Lakes Queenstown known as the adventure capital of the world, it's all right here from a leisurely stroll or bike ride around the lake to jumping out of a plane, the choice is yours. The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it's kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Applications close on 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 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the Order, by 1 January 2022

To apply

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: