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Clinical Psychologist/Psychologist/Psychotherapist - Cancer Psychosocial Support Services

Clinical Psychologist/Psychologist/Psychotherapist

Cancer Psychosocial Service (CPS), Southern Blood and Cancer Service (Dunedin based)


  • Part-time 0.5FTE vacancy (20 hours per week)
  • Dunedin Based - covering the wider Coastal Otago region as and when required
  • Permanent appointment with a fantastic work-life balance!


Our Cancer Psychological and Social Work Service team (CPS) at Southern District Health Board is looking for an experienced Clinical Psychologist/Psychologist/Psychotherapist based in Dunedin to join our multi-disciplinary team on a permanent, part-time basis. 


About the Team/Service

The CPS team, is part of Southern Blood & Cancer Service. Working collaboratively across the Otago & Southland region CPS provides psychosocial support to people with a high suspicion of cancer at the front of the pathway, and those with a cancer diagnosis who are engaged in cancer treatments who have complex psychological and social need. This later focus was part of a Ministry of Health initiative which commenced throughout NZ in 2015.


About the Role – what’s in it for me?

The overall objective of this role is to provide psychological support with a brief intervention focus for patients with cancer or suspected cancer by delivering evidence-based assessment and interventions.

This role was originally established to improve access to psychological and social support services for adults with cancer. It is a rare and very exciting opportunity to be part of the team that continues to develop since the Ministry of Health initiative was completed back in June 2020. The CPS remain committed to the MOH specifications, and guidelines, goals and philosophies of the Southern Cancer Network.


The Psychologist/Psychotherapist will not only work in close collaboration with the Southern Blood & Cancer CPS but will also work closely with other health professionals, organisations and stakeholders, including primary care practitioners and non-government organisations who have a supportive care function locally and regionally.


This role will primarily be based in Dunedin, with occasional travel as required to the wider Coastal Otago region (from Balclutha to Oamaru)


About You

Candidates should be knowledgeable and experienced in working with complex needs clients and able to demonstrate excellent assessment, formulation, treatment planning and therapy skills.  You should be experienced in working in the health sector, preferably with people with cancer. You will be a confident and effective communicator, bring a flexible approach with excellent organisational skills, be passionate about your work and hold an unwavering belief in people’s resilience in the face of these often-unfavourable life crises. You will also be a strong supportive team player and be proactive in the multidisciplinary team.  You will also be required to travel to see clients in the wider region.


Candidates must have the required professional qualification to be able to be registered and hold an annual practising certificate in the profession of Clinical Psychology/Psychology and/or Psychotherapy, and will ideally have a minimum of 3 years’ experience.


The successful candidate will also need to have the flexibility to undertake travel as necessary!


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 a great time to relocate to SDHB if you were considering a move. The SDHB 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 https://southernhealthcareers.nz/ for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


If this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for, please apply now. We are flexible on the base location of the successful candidate/s, so please mention location preferences and FTE in your covering letter.


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Closing Date: Sunday, 13 February 2022

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 Karen Cope, Recruitment Advisor – Medical Directorate. Phone: (03) 470 9605 or Email: Karen.cope@southerndhb.govt.nz


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)
  • Following the update to COVID-19 Public Health Response (Vaccinations) Order 2021 this also includes the requirement that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  You will need to provide proof of this to Occupational Health staff.  

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