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Mental Health Professional - Drug and Alcohol Clinician - Specialist Addiction Services (SAS)

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • New Year, exciting new opportunity
  • 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 at Wakari Hospital in Dunedin.

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, with a holistic wrap around approach.

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.

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 with a current APC (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's licence.

Why us?

Now is 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, outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art - there's literally something for everyone. Check out https://careers.southernhealth.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau. It really is a lifestyle that's hard to beat! Dunedin is a wonderful place for families with some of New Zealand's most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance. To find out more about living here please click the following link: https://www.dunedinnz.com/.

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.

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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 the internal careers site.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate, phone: (03) 214 5749 or email Caroline.Godfrey@southerndhb.govt.nz

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 before you commence work 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: https://careers.southernhealth.nz/job/Mental-Health-Professional-Drug-and-Alcohol-Clinician-Specialist-Addiction-Services-%28SAS%29/587996010/