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Registered Nurse

Co Response team

Are you looking for an exciting new role with variety?

  • Fixed-term until September 2022
  • Two - 1.0 FTE vacancies (part-time applicants will be considered)
  • Loads of variety in this role

About you / About the role

Are you a Registered Nurse with recent crisis Mental Health nursing experience looking for a new opportunity with variety?

You will be part of a new service known as a Co Response team made up of two Registered Nurses, two Police and one St Johns paramedic for a 12-month pilot covering the Dunedin City area. It is envisaged initially the successful applicant will work four ten-hour shifts Tuesday to Friday from 11 am to 9 pm. As these positions are part of a pilot, these days and hours of work may change during the 12 month period.

The aim of a co-response service is to enable people presenting with mental health crisis to receive the most appropriate response in the right setting for their needs. The service will mean more patients can be assessed and provided therapeutic care in a home or community setting rather than being transported to an emergency department or police station.

We are particularly interested in hearing from clinicians with exceptional crises assessment skills and who can work with the other partners in this new service in a cohesive way that maximises its success. You need to have a proven track record of being a team player while at the same time practising at top of scope.

As this is a new service there will be the opportunity to participate in its development while learning from the experiences of other areas such as Wellington.

It would be an advantage if you a familiar with the Dunedin city area and have a good knowledge of what services are available locally to support people who are in crisis. If you like variety this could be the perfect fit for you!

The location

A lifestyle that is hard to beat! Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages. 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:

Candidates must be New Zealand Registered Nurses and hold a current APC as well as a scope of practice that enables you to work in Mental Health. You must also be eligible to live and work in New Zealand.

To be considered for this position it is essential you have mental health nursing experience.

If you think this sounds like you then apply now!

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.

Closing date: Sunday, 5 September 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 the internal careers site.

For further information please contact Caroline, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, 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)