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Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse - Waitaki Community Mental Health Service

Oamaru, Waitaki Region

  • Permanent - 1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week
  • No traffic jams/affordable housing
  • Looking for a change of pace?

About the team

The Waitaki Community Mental Health Service is multidisciplinary team that services the North Otago District based in Oamaru a 75-minute drive north of Dunedin. It provides support to Child and Youth, Alcohol and Drug, Adult and Elderly services. It also provides an after-hours on call crisis service.

About the role

We have an opportunity for a suitably qualified Registered Nurse either with experience of working with patients with mental illness or with an interest in developing this in a community setting to join our team.

This is an exciting opportunity to work in a well-established team that works collaboratively within the rural community and are responsible for delivering services to people with moderate to severe mental illness in North Otago (pop. 23,000). The successful applicant will be required to work as a Duly Authorised Officer under the Mental Health Act (training provided if necessary) and participate on the after-hours on-call roster for the Waitaki Community Mental Health team.

You must be a Registered Nurse with a current APC and a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health, ideally you will have experience in working within a mental health sector, be eligible to live and work in New Zealand and hold a current NZ drivers licence.

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.

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, 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 location

In Oamaru, there are benefits of being between both Canterbury and Otago so you can enjoy the great community right on your doorstep. Being the largest town in the Waitaki District and home to Steampunk HQ, it has a rich history and proud heritage. The beautiful Victorian Precinct attracts locals and tourist alike, with a lively atmosphere you will find, shops, galleries and traditional crafts set in Victorian streetscapes and 19th century architecture.

Across the district you'll have easy access to lakes and the sea, and in the winter some of the country's best ski fields are an easy drive away. It might be a long way from the maddening rush of Auckland, but this is real New Zealand, where you'll experience life like a true local.

View position description

Closing date: Thursday, 12 August 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:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police vetting/Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)

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