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Mental Health Professional / Registered Nurse - Youth Specialty Services

Registered Nurse / Mental Health Professional

Youth Specialty Service (YSS)

Dunedin (CBD)

Competitive Salary + kiwi-saver


Fixed Term or Secondment opportunity


  • Are you looking to start the new year with a new challenge?
  • Want to continue your great work supporting youth and their families?
  • Enjoy working in a multi-disciplinary team?
  • Fixed Term January 2023 until end of January 2024 - (0.8 FTE 32 hours week)


Te Whatu Ora – Heath New Zealand Southern exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.


Our Youth Specialty Service’s (YSS) is a specialised out-patient service providing comprehensive assessment and treatment for young persons in the Otago area. Attached is a service called Rapoi which is a day programme providing assessment and treatment for youth requiring support to return to main stream schooling.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Mōu ake | About you

In managing your own caseload you will have a sound knowledge of appropriate youth focussed mental health interventions and provide specialised assessment and treatment, with a strong emphasis on family inclusion and family therapy for youth (14-19 years), experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties.


You bring to this role flexibility and commitment to delivering excellence to youth and their family in an age appropriate and culturally appropriate manner, liaise effectively in partnership with community agencies to support the youth’s health and wellbeing.  We provide good orientation to the position and will support your ongoing professional development needs. 


If you enjoy working as an integral member of a youth focussed multidisciplinary team and have experience working with youth and their family, you shouldn’t let this opportunity pass you by.


Essential Criteria:

  • Registered Mental Health Professional with current APC (New Zealand Nursing Council, Social Worker, Occupational Therapist)
  • Experience in working with adolescent with moderate to severe mental illness (and their families)
  • Current New Zealand Drivers licence


See Registered Nurse position description.

See Mental Health Professional position description.


Painga | Benefits

  • Competitively priced housing and beautiful scenery
  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership, discounted health insurance and a range of retail discounts
  • Easy commute for work, for the traffic jams!


Ōtepoti / Dunedin 

A lifestyle that is hard to beat!  Dunedin is a wonderful place for families, with great educational facilities (primary through tertiary) and many activities available for all ages.  Some of New Zealand’s most famous national parks, ski fields and wineries are within easy driving distance. To find out more about living here please click the following link: There’s literally something for everyone.  Insiders - Ōtepoti | Dunedin New Zealand official website (


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.


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  Sunday 12 February 2023

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 Caroline Godfrey, 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)

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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