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Mental Health Professional

Mental Health Professional / Registered Nurse                         

Specialist Addiction Services

Southland Hospital


  • Permanent 1.0 FTE 40 hours per week
  • Short commutes, affordable housing and no traffic jams!
  • Great Professional Development + exceptional MDT + opportunity to make a difference


Do you have a positive/can do outlook, a genuine interest and previous experience working with clients with Alcohol and other Drug issues?  Then come and join our collaborative and friendly team at the Specialist Addiction Service, where you’ll be working in a mental health and addictions team, based in Invercargill, servicing a large diverse region.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

As part of this dedicated team you’ll have your own case load of clients with addiction related issues including Opioid Substitution Treatment, meaning your days will be busy and varied.  You’ll have regular contact with other DHB Mental Health Services, and external NGO’s, so you must be an excellent communicator who is adept at interacting with your clients, colleagues and external organisations, always striving to ensure the best results, with a holistic wraparound approach.


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Mōu ake | About you

You will bring to this role

  • a solid understanding of addiction issues
  • experience in working with clients with co-existing-problems (CEP) and;
  • you’ll be able to demonstrate strength in screening, assessment, brief intervention, and clear decision making skills.


It is desirable that you have had past experience in the field of addictions and hold appropriate AOD qualifications.  You’ll be an innovative thinker who can look for the opportunities to further develop the role.  So if the prospect of working with other dedicated clinicians excites you, and you’re a real team player, happy to use your initiative and embrace change, then apply now!


It goes without saying you will be a Registered Nurse, Social Worker or Occupational Therapist with a current New Zealand Annual Practicing Certificate.  A full NZ driver’s licence is also required.


Painga | Benefits

  • Continuous support for career development
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance
  • to discounted staff holiday accommodation and a range of retail & entertainment discounts


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:  26 October 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:


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 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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