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Mental Health - Registered Health Professional

Southern Rivers Community Mental Health

Gore, Southland

  • Permanent - part-time (1.0 FTE)
  • Make a difference to our rural communities
  • Affordable housing / easy lifestyle

About the Southern DHB

We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 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.

About the role / about you

The Southern DHB now has an exciting opportunity for a Registered Mental Health Professional to join our Gore based Community Mental Health team working with patients with serious mental illness in a community setting. Within this position you will be responsible for case management, assessing, maintaining and managing clinical risk.

While this position is based in Gore, the Southern Rivers team also works across the Clutha District.

To be successful in this role (ideally you will have community and / or recent acute inpatient experience, however this isn't absolutely necessary) and the ability to meet the demands of a busy workload to a high standard. You will have previously demonstrated a commitment to best practice standards and your model of practice will be inclusive of the seven real skills of Let's get real ( 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.

The successful candidate may be required to take part in an on-call after hours' roster supporting the Southern Rivers Community Mental Health team Clutha District crisis service. You may receive specialist Duly Authorised Officer (Mental Health Act 1992 and amendments) training. Remuneration for these duties is in addition to the usual salary scale for a community nurse.

This is an exciting opportunity to join the Gore Community Mental Health team whilst gaining experience and upskilling in a community setting. To be successful in this role you will have excellent communication skills and the ability to meet the demands of a busy workload to a high standard.

You must be a New Zealand Registered Health Professional with a current APC - Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist or Social Worker and hold a full New Zealand driver's licence.

The location

Gore - located between two main cities, Invercargill and Dunedin - boasts a central point to some of Southlands best natural landscapes while offering a fantastic lifestyle with affordable living. It's what we like to call 'rural city living'.

Closing date: Sunday, 6 June 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 (MHAID), 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)