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Drug and Alcohol Clinician/Mental Health Professional

Drug and Alcohol Clinician/Mental Health Professional
Community Mental Health Service, Lakes District  

Competitive salary + Kiwisaver + subsidised gym membership


  • Permanent positions available, full, and part time!
  • Competitive salary + discounted health insurance + subsidised gym membership
  • Join a committed and collaborative team!


Mō te tūranga | About the role

  • Manage your own small case load of clients on Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) across the central Otago area.
  • Maintain regular contact with other DHB Health Services, and NGOs to ensure the best results, with a holistic wrap around approach.
  • Provide one-on-one assessment and counselling for clients with other substance use problems.
  • Facilitate evidence based/best practice intervention processes (including assessment, treatment planning, intervention) according to your profession’s scope of practice.
  • Active involvement in the local Community Mental Health team on-call crisis roster is required. This covers 24 hr, 7 days a week, and your involvement will proportionate to FTE. Development towards becoming or maintaining Duly Authorised Officer for administering the Mental Health Act is required.


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Mōu ake | About you

  • Demonstrated compassion and friendliness, backed up by a resilient mindset.
  • Solid understanding of addiction issues and previous experience working with clients with co-existing problems (CEP).
  • Registered Health Professional with previous experience in Mental Health, with current APC or DAPAANZ Registered, preferably holding relevant post-graduate qualifications.
  • An innovative thinker and team-player who uses initiative and embraces change.
  • Ideally two-years’ experience in mental and physical health assessment, with an interest in specialist addictions.


As this position may require driving to various towns in the district, a full and clean NZ Driver’s License is required.


Painga | Benefits

  • Ski slopes and gorgeous landscapes at your doorstep.
  • Continuous support for career development.
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance.
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).
  • Feed your bold side out of hours in the most adventurous region of NZ!


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 salary for this position will be in accordance with the relevant salary scale for the successful applicant’s occupation.

The following collective agreements may be applied based on the relevant occupation.

  • DHBs/PSA Allied, Public Health, Scientific and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (expiring 30 June 2023)
  • DHBs/APEX Psychologists Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (1 June 2021 – 31 May 2023)
  • DHBs/NZNO Nursing and Midwifery Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (2 August 2020 – 31 October 2022)


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date: Wednesday 07 December 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 James Boyd, Recruitment Advisor, (03) 470 9176,

All conversations will be confidential in nature.

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


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 requirements

New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption

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