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Secretary - Waitaki Community Mental Health Team


  • Permanent, part-time to 0.4 FTE (16 hours per week)
  • Great Work/Life balance

About the team

The Waitaki Community Mental Health Service is Multi-Disciplinary Team that services the North Otago District, providing support to Child and Youth, Alcohol and Drug, Adult and Elderly services. It also provides an after-hours on call crisis service.

Being based in Oamaru, there are benefits of being between both Canterbury and Otago so you can enjoy this part time role, alongside the great community right on your doorstep.

About the role

Our progressive and dynamic Mental Health Service strives to achieve excellence in every facet of its service delivery and we have an opportunity for an experienced Secretary to join the team on a part-time basis.

As a pivotal member of our team you will be a quick thinker who will be able to deliver effective, confidential and professional support to our staff, providing robust secretarial, clerical and reception services.

Responsibilities will be varied and cover reception and office administration duties including but not limited to; liaising with consumers and whanau, data entry and maintenance; keeping records and files up to date, co-ordinate meetings and clinics, assisting clinicians where necessary, coordinating office operations, transcriptions, appointment booking and typing etc.

About you

You will be experienced in a busy office setting and have a high level of computer competency, organisational and communication skills and the ability to manage multiple deadlines and initiative.

To be successful in this role you will need to have a pro-active attitude to your work, have great attention to detail, be well organised, have excellent time management skills along with fast (60-70 wpm) accurate typing skills.

A friendly manner alongside outstanding customer service is a key requirement of this role.

If part-time employment suits you and your lifestyle and you are interested in joining a team that are a dedicated group, working well together and supporting each other in a professional manner - with attributes such as humour, common sense and a genuine commitment to teamwork then we look forward to reading your application, outlining why you think you'd be a good fit in this environment.

The annual salary for this position is between $52,080 and $56,641 pro-rata per annum and will be based on relevant experience and qualifications.

The location

In Oamaru, there are benefits of being between both Canterbury and Otago so you can enjoy the great community right on your doorstep. Being the largest town in the Waitaki District and home to Steampunk HQ, it has a rich history and proud heritage. The beautiful Victorian Precinct attracts locals and tourist alike, with a lively atmosphere you will find, shops, galleries and traditional crafts set in Victorian streetscapes and 19th century architecture.

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 Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking; 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: 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 5769or 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.