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Registered Nurse

Intellectual Disability Service

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, full-time position 1.0 FTE
  • Easy commute / affordable lifestyle

About the team

The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital, high above Dunedin with stunning views of the city and ocean. The IDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a - a 12-bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage - a 4 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit, and the Community Liaison team. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists, and Psychiatrists.

Ward 10a is a medium secure 12-bed inpatient service for Intellectually Disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, who require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003.

About you / about the role

We are looking for experienced Intellectual Disability, Mental Health, or Comprehensive Registered Nurses to join our supportive multidisciplinary team.You will be an enthusiastic Registered Nurse with a range of skills and the ability to work effectively with a large team to a high standard of practice.To be successful in this role you must be positive with exceptional communication skills, you will also have a passion for supporting people from admission to discharge.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical skills on a shift-by-shift basis. You will be working alongside patients in a complex environment to meet their identified needs in a multi-disciplinary setting. The emphasis is on the delivery of safe client focused care in an ever-changing dynamic setting.

The role encompasses the acute care of patients recently admitted as well as the continuing care and rehabilitation of patients with complex needs.You will work closely with the Charge Nurse Manager, Associate Charge Nurse and the Clinical Nurse Specialist.

Please note that we are only able to consider your application if you:

  • are currently Registered or can obtain registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council and have a current APC and hold a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health or Intellectual Disabilities, more information can be found at
  • have current eligibility (citizenship, residency, or work visa) to live and work in New Zealand.

The location

Now is a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move! If you're not from Dunedin then perhaps you don't know just how good we have it here? With excellent amenities, schooling - primary through to Otago University, outstanding recreation opportunities, great food and wine, nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to the mountain. At the top of our list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is 'the lifestyle',somewhere you can have true work-life balance. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

About the 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.

Position Description

Closing date: Sunday, 12 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, 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)

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