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Registered Nurse - Community & Home Detox Service (WDHB11289)

  • Part-time position (0.8FTE)

Community Alcohol and Drug Services (CADS) Auckland are looking for a part time (0.8FTE) Registered Nurse to work in our Community and Home Detox Service (CHDS) based in Pt. Chevalier.

About us

CADS are the largest Alcohol and other Drugs (AOD) service in New Zealand working with over 15000 people each year. CADS provide free community and inpatient AOD treatment from a number of locations across Auckland. CADS are committed to empowering the community to discover healthier use of substances (harm minimisation) and to promote recovery and wellbeing.

About CHDS

There are four main parts to working in CHDS:

  1. Assessing clients for physical dependency of their substance use
  2. Completing short term community based detoxes from alcohol and other substances
  3. Benzodiazepine stabilisation and reductions
  4. Completing the assessment process for the new Substance Abuse Compulsory Assessment and Treatment Act (SACAT)

There is scope to complete research projects or other special interest projects that are related to the above work.

Working in CHDS consists of working autonomously while still being part of a team. There is a close bond between team members and a strong supportive culture.

About you

Are you a registered nurse who is interested in making a healthy difference for individuals and families affected by substance misuse? Join our dedicated team offering care to people withdrawing from alcohol and other drugs in a community setting, working part-time Monday to Friday, 8.30am – 5pm.

A sense of social justice and enjoying working with people in all their complexity is required. You will have a non-judgemental attitude, excellent engagement and communication skills, and an ability to work autonomously within a team. You will also have:

  • Registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council as a registered nurse with a current practicing certificate is required.
  • Excellent nursing assessment and crisis intervention
  • Demonstrate skills in liaison with other health professionals
  • Knowledge of concepts of risk assessment
  • Full, clean drivers licence
  • Legal right to work in NZ
  • Ability to implement Te Tiriti O Waitangi in your daily work


  • Clinical experience in addictions or mental health or similar e.g. managed withdrawal/ detox


  • Working for a regional service in the country’s largest DHB provides more opportunity for professional development and career progression
  • 10 days sick leave and 4 weeks annual leave
  • Competitive salary and paid professional registration as per DHB collective agreement
  • Regular supervision and training

Our Values

At Waitematā DHB we are driven by our values “everyone matters,” “with compassion,” “connected” and “better, best, brilliant.” We are committed to living up to these values to give you the right balance of autonomy, support, development, encouragement and aroha.

If you have an interest in the addictions and mental health fields please contact David Prentice, Associate Clinical Charge Nurse, Medical Detox Services on (09) 815 5830 Ext 45526 and for more information about the recruitment process please contact Glenn Bratton, Recruitment Consultant on (09) 442 7251

For a copy of the job description, please click here.

Position Number: WDHB11289