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Senior Medical Officer – Addiction Services

  • Based in Masterton, Wairarapa
  • Full-time (42.5 hours) Monday - Friday
  • Experience in Addictions and mental health


Stretch your potential in this innovative and developing service.

With local growth in both support and clinical intervention services, Pathways Wairarapa have an exciting opportunity for a passionate and dedicated senior medical officer with a special interest in Addiction.

Step outside the traditional model of Addiction service provision and provide clinical leadership and medical support to this high quality, flexible and community responsive treatment service, whilst enjoying the lifestyle this rural/semi-rural locality brings.

We are also keen for an Addiction senior medical officer to fill an opening within our national clinical leadership team alongside our Clinical Director and CEO. There are opportunities to use your creativity and leadership to progress service development, service planning, and quality improvement initiatives. Teaching and supervision of clinical staff, involvement in clinical leaderships and leading the multidisciplinary team are core functions for this role.

We strive to have a strong focus upon a developed cultural awareness to support a responsiveness to mainstream service needs and to Tangata Whenua.

You will be working Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm, 42.5hours per week and based in Masterton. There will be some on call obligations as Lead Clinician for both OST and AOD services within the Wairarapa, but also to support the mental health services within the DHB. These are still being negotiated but we anticipate a roster that is 1:4.


Pathways/REAL is one of the largest national NGO providers of Mental Health and Addiction services in New Zealand, and the only NGO to have both AOD and Opioid Substitution Treatment services within New Zealand. We serve a population of approximately 45,000 locally and are a strong contributor to the governance of services within the 3DHB (Wellington, Hutt Valley and Wairarapa). We have a range of services that work collaboratively with other community providers and the local DHB services, that include:

  • AOD counselling and case management
  • OST programme management
  • ‘REAL’ Youth AOD service
  • Social detox residential support and mental health planned respite facility
  • Mental Health Housing and Recovery residential programme
  • Mental Health support community mobile service

If you are a senior medical officer who is passionate about providing a high standard of care and clinical leadership, have a strong peer focus and would enjoy the challenge of working within a diverse community with growing needs and with an NGO determined to provide the community with the best care possible, we would love to hear from you.

We have a good relationship with the local DHB and the leadership from within the 3DHB Addiction services, and there is a strong collegial support network with peer review groups and generous continuing medical education (CME).


We are interested to hear from candidates who have the following:

  • Registered Medical Officer
  • Our preferred candidate will have post graduate qualifications and experience in addiction work and be prepared to engage in gazetting process with the MoH to become an OST prescriber.
  • High standards of care and clinical excellence
  • Clinical Leadership with cross sector relationship management

The Benefits

In this role, you can look forward to extra leave, subsidies for school holiday childcare and a great team around you every day working in an organisation that believes in its’ purpose. Be part of a supportive work environment where life balance is encouraged, people are valued and new solutions are the norm!

Applications close: 2 August 2021. Please note this advert may close earlier if a suitable candidate is found.

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Contact: Jenna Jeffcoat, Service and Relationship Manager on 0275570137 if you have any questions.

For further information, visit our website

Pathways is committed to healthy lifestyles and actively supports a smoke free environment. We encourage people with experience of mental illness and / or addictions to apply.

**All new appointees into Pathways require background checking. Under the requirements of the Children's Act 2014, new employees that are identified as coming under this act are required to undergo further safety checks as part of the recruitment process