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Mental Health Assistant - Mental Health for Older Persons

Mental Health Assistant – Mental Health for Older Persons

Ward 6C

Dunedin Hospital


  • Permanent roles with varying FTE available
  • Want to work in a rewarding environment


Are you are interested in working in the health industry, and making a difference in your community? Then look no further.


Our Ward 6C is looking for Mental Health Assistants to join their multidisciplinary team to provide support in a busy yet rewarding work environment.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Ward 6C is a 12-bed acute assessment and treatment unit for people aged over 65 years with varying mental health and physical needs, located in Dunedin Hospital.  


As a Mental Health Assistant, you will need to have a positive attitude and good communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of the team.  In this important role you will help with a range of direct and non-direct patient care tasks under the direction of a registered nurse and maintain the ward environment to ensure efficient and effective functioning including:


  • Patient supervision and/or movement
  • Restocking and setting up of equipment
  • General ward housekeeping
  • Supporting our nurses and other members of the healthcare team
  • Clerical duties as required
  • Stock reconciliation


Mōu ake | About you

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Have a passion for supporting older people
  • Be warm, empathetic, and responsive
  • Be well organised, with a positive “can do” attitude and be able to communicate clearly and openly
  • Be able to adapt to a changing environment
  • Be comfortable with using computers


Mental Health experience or a strong willingness to work in this field is preferred. Whilst experience working with people in the health sector and/or experience in customer service is desirable.


If you enjoy the idea of gaining valuable experience within a health setting and really making a difference, we would love to hear from you.


Please state in your cover letter what FTE you are interested in.


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Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:  Thursday 21 October 2022

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

For further information please contact Ben Kingsbury, Recruitment Advisor,

All conversations will be confidential in nature.


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

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

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