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Mental Health Care Assistant - Forensic

Mental Health Care Assistant - Forensic

Wakari Hospital

Salary $57,024 -$72,274 per annum pro rata


  • Career development opportunities
  • Permanent position
  • 0.6 FTE 24 hours per week
  • Competitive salary + paid overtime


Our Forensic Ward 9A at Wakari Hospital are looking for a Mental Health Care Assistant to join their team and provide valuable support to our nursing staff.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Forensic Ward 9A is a 15- bed medium secure unit, it is the inpatient unit for Otago and Southland for those persons who are in the Justice system and require assessment, treatment and rehabilitation.

As a Mental Health Care Assistant you will be responsible for:

  • Supporting our nurses and other members of the health care team
  • Patient movement
  • Patient cares, as required
  • Stock reconciliation
  • Ward maintenance
  • Patient watch/supervision, with one-on-one care as required


Mōu ake | About you

We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants who are dynamic, friendly and can demonstrate a high level of initiative. You will be committed to high standards of practice, be well organised and have excellent communication skills.


It is important that candidates are motivated, flexible, have a level of maturity about them and of course plenty of enthusiasm. Experience working with people in a caring capacity is also essential, whether than experience is gained from within a professional environment, or from caring for children or family members. 

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


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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.


Join Te Whatu Ora and Te Aka Whai Ora as we embark on a historic collaboration to transform healthcare for all whānau across Aotearoa, New Zealand. Together, we're passionate about creating a modern, integrated health system that honours the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and prioritises health equity for Māori, whānau, and every community. Be part of this journey and contribute to a brighter, healthier future for all generations to come.


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:  07 March 2024

Due to the fast paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change and we may commence interviews prior to closing date. 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 Mikayla Hamilton , Recruitment Advisor,


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.

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