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Youth Consumer Advisor

Youth Consumer Advisor - Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAID)

Southland Hospital, Invercargill

  • Permanent, part-time - 0.5 FTE (20 hrs per week)
  • Exciting opportunity!

About the opportunity

Here at Southern DHB we want to ensure our consumers are heard, so we can continue to review and develop the Mental Health Services. To help us do this our Youth Consumer Advisor aims to develop and co-ordinate effective links and networks with relevant consumers (young people up to 20 years of age), community groups and organisations. We now have a vacancy for a part-time (20 hours per week), permanent Youth Consumer Advisor based in Invercargill to join our team.

You'll strive to develop a strong and active consumer voice for young people in the district and support the ongoing development of the Consumer and Family Advisory Group across the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Directorate. You'll provide feedback to the mental health provider arm management team and clinicians and actively encourage consumer involvement in planning and projects in the provider arm. You'll also support Southern DHB and the community to become more aware of the issues facing young Mental Health consumers.

About you

To be considered for this position you will need to be a confident communicator with strong verbal and written skills. Have an ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with a variety of people, work well in a team environment and be able to prioritise and organize your work, in addition you need to be able to cope under pressure and while having the drive and commitment to make a difference. To be able to provide excellent service and to relate to our consumers, it would be advantageous if you have had recent experience being a client of mental health services.

It is essential that you have a current, full driver's licence.

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.

Now is also 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. Why don't you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.

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Closing date: Sunday, 29 August 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 the internal careers site.

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)

To apply

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