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Registered Nurse – Community Forensic Mental Health

Permanent, 0.5 FTE (20 Hours per week)

  • Bring your positive attitude and your desire to make a difference
  • Looking for an exciting new opportunity?

About us

As a 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.

About the opportunity / about you

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Registered Nurse to join our Community Mental Health Forensic Service based at Wakari Hospital in a rehabilitation/transition role.

The role comprises case management and intensive work with people experiencing severe enduring mental illness to develop skills for their transition to the community. This includes (but not limited to) assessing, evaluating and modifying structured weekly plans to facilitate client's functioning in the community.

We are looking for an enthusiastic Registered Nurse with previous experience of working in the mental health sector, preferably in a Forensic setting. We provide a good orientation to the position and will support your on-going professional development needs.

If you want to make a difference, possess a positive attitude, a strong sense of self-awareness and personal resilience and relish working in an autonomous role then we encourage you to apply.

You must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse, with a current APC with a scope that allows you to practice in mental health , you will have mental health sector experience. We provide an excellent orientation to our positions and will happily support your ongoing professional development needs.

Why us?

Now is 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.

Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

Closing date: Sunday, 21 March 2021.

Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time.

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), phone (03) 214 5769 or email

Children's Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB's commitment to child protection, you will be subject to 'safety checks' under the Children's Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

Pre-employment occupational health assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an occupational health assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for.

To apply

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