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Registered Nurse

Specialist Addiction Service

Southland Hospital

  • Permanent, full-time (1.0FTE, 40 hours per week)
  • Short commute and no traffic jams
  • Great outdoors right on your door step

About the role / About you

Do you have a positive/can do outlook, a genuine interest and previous experience working with clients with Alcohol and other Drug issues? Then come and join our collaborative and friendly team at the Specialist Addiction Service, where you'll be working in a mental health and addictions team, based in Invercargill, servicing a large diverse region.

As part of this dedicated team you'll have your own case load of clients with addiction related issues including Opioid Substitution Treatment, meaning your days will be busy and varied. You'll have regular contact with other DHB Mental Health Services, and external 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 wraparound approach.

You will bring to this role a solid understanding of addiction issues and have 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.

It is desirable that you have had past experience in the field of addictions and hold appropriate AOD qualifications.

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'e a real team player, happy to use your initiative and embrace change, then apply now!

It goes without saying you will be a Registered Nurse with a current New Zealand Annual Practicing Certificate with a scope that allows you to practice in mental health. A full NZ driver's licence is also required.

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.

The location

Now to the city itself, Invercargill offers the opportunity to have the lifestyle you've always dreamed of. Boasting excellent education and restaurants, competitive cost of living and a beautiful coastline, life can be as relaxed or as energetic as you want. Our team enjoy the short commute to work, leaving ample time for what matters to you most. Add to this the close proximity to some of New Zealand's most famous scenery and holiday destinations (think Queenstown, Wanaka and Milford Sounds to name but a few!) you can go from seaside to ski-slopes in a matter of hours. Sounds too good to be true? Rest assured, you can have it all here.

View position description

Closing date: Thursday, 11 November 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 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 no later than the 30 October 2021 and be fully vaccinated, as required by the order, by 1 December 2021.