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Clinical Psychologist

Clinical Psychologist

Puāwai and community rehabilitation centre

Wakari hospital, Dunedin

Salary - $77,478 - $111,719 + Kiwisaver 


  • Permanent 0.8 FTE (32 hours per week) opportunity
  • Excellent opportunity to work towards Neuropsychology Scope of Practice  


Are you a clinical psychologist with a neuropsychology interest?  This is an excellent physical and neuro rehabilitation unit where you could work across both inpatient and outpatient services.  You would be part of a greater psychology team and have the support of the wider allied health, nursing and medical team.  All that and you can have 1 day off to explore the majestic south.  


About us

Puāwai rehabilitation unit is a 12-bed inpatient unit that works mainly with adults (< 65yr) needing neurological and physical rehabilitation. The patient groups include predominantly stroke and TBI, but also a range of other presentations including tumours, hypoxic brain injury, functional neurological disorder and orthopaedic injury.  The team is an experienced, fun, dynamic interdisciplinary team providing rehabilitation to our diverse patients. This role will have some community element to it too, working within our community rehab team to provide support to those on an intensive rehabilitation journey in the community.

We take pride in supporting our staff to grow and we enable ongoing professional development including regular team in-services, senior staff mentoring, peer review and access to course and conference funding.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Your clients, who have neurological and/or physical disorders, will benefit from your experience and ability to work in a wider interdisciplinary team, where you will be responsible for assessing the clients’ needs, and assisting them to meet their rehabilitation goals. You will be carrying out neuropsychological assessments and occasional capacity assessments.  You will be working within the rehabilitation team to design and deliver cognitive rehabilitation, psychological support and behavioural support interventions.  The post has an attractive study leave allocation for continuing professional development.


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Mōu ake | About you

Ideally, you’ll bring to us experience in working in an interdisciplinary team with clients of all ages with physical and cognitive disabilities. It is essential that you bring excellent time management and communication skills. You’ll be adaptable and flexible allowing you to work effectively with your clients and within a changing health environment.

You would be able to demonstrate a strong understanding of optimising patient outcomes and facilitating effective discharge planning, using a patient centred and evidence-based approach to goal setting and intervention.

In addition, you will have enthusiasm and a willingness to commit to our team and patients. You will be expected to be active in service quality initiatives, therefore be proactive, innovative and have a quality driven leadership approach.

Applicants must have a New Zealand Diploma in Clinical Psychology or overseas equivalent qualification and hold a current practising certificate.  The ideal candidate will have significant experience with neuropsychological assessment and rehabilitation.


Painga | Benefits

  • Beautiful coastlines and a family-friendly community.
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance.
  • Access to staff fitness facilities and banking offers
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).


Mō mātou | About us

Te Whatu Ora - Southern has the largest geographical coverage of all the New Zealand regions, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities. 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.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the Allied, Public Health, Scientific, and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (Expires June 2023) and falls between Step 1 ($77,478 p.a) and Step 10 ($111,719 p.a).


 Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  27th March 2024

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


Tono ināianei | Apply now

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

For further information please contact James Boyd, Recruitment Advisor,  


If you currently work for Te Whatu Ora- Health New Zealand - Southern, please apply for this role via our internal careers site, found here:  Pulse > Applications > Corporate > SuccessFactors

Pre-Employment checks

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to:

  • Occupational Health Assessment
  • Police Vetting / Ministry of Justice safety checks
  • Serious misconduct checks (previous Public Service departments and statutory Crown entities only)
  • Covid-19 Vaccination is expected for all workers at higher risk of workplace exposure to COVID-19 through face-to-face patient interaction, working in clinical areas and contact with potentially infectious materials and surfaces


Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.

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