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Psychologist - Persistent Pain Service/Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, Specialist Medicine Services

Dunedin Hospital


  • Permanent 0.9 FTE (36hrs per week) opportunity


We have an exciting permanent opportunity for an experienced Clinical Psychologist to join the team at Southern. This role will be a combined position, split between the following services:

The Persistent Pain Service at Dunedin Hospital is a Multidisciplinary / Interprofessional Outpatient Service. There is a vision to improve patient’s access to the Persistent Pain Service across the Southern region.  As such, this is an exciting time to join and be actively involved in the planning and implementation of this new model. 


The Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service provides psychological support services for adults experiencing psychological distress in the context of physical health difficulties. This will see you working closely with the Liaison Psychiatry team and you will have key relationships with specialist medicine services. This includes Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Endocrinology, Nephrology, and Respiratory services.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

The Clinical Psychologist will work closely with clients, their family and whanau providing advanced level assessment, intervention and evaluation of their health-related difficulties, both individually and as part of pain education and management groups.  As part of the role, you will also work in an interdisciplinary way alongside team members (Specialists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Health), other health professionals, organisations and stakeholders, including primary care practitioners and non-government organisations who have a supportive care function locally and regionally.


View Clinical Psychologist Position Description


View Psychologist Position Description


Mōu ake | About you


Candidates should be knowledgeable and experienced in working with complex needs clients and able to demonstrate excellent assessment, formulation, treatment planning and therapy skills.  Experience working with clients with physical health problems and using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy would also be desirable. You will be a confident and effective communicator, bring a flexible approach with excellent organisational skills, and be passionate about your work. You will also be a strong supportive team player and be proactive in the multidisciplinary team. 



The ideal candidate for this position will hold a master’s degree along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Clinical Psychology. You will need to be a registered Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists Board, as well as hold a current Annual Practicing Certificate.


Painga | Benefits


  • Beautiful coastlines and a family-friendly community.
  • Continuous support for career development.
  • Subsidised gym membership and discounted health insurance.
  • Access to staff fitness facilities and banking offers
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).


Mō mātou | About us

Now is a great time to relocate to family-friendly Southern if you are considering a move! The Southern district offers excellent amenities, first class early childhood through to tertiary education and the opportunity to have an outstanding work-life balance.  Whether it is surfing or skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. The stunning Catlins, Fiordland and Central Otago regions are within driving distance, offering beautiful scenery and plenty of recreational opportunities whatever your passion. Check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the DHB/APEX Collective Agreement and falls between Step 3 ($92,370 p.a. pro-rata) and Step 8 ($112,058 p.a. pro-rata) of the Psychologists Salary Scale. 


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:  Friday 5th January 2024

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 James Boyd Recruitment Advisor, all conversations will be confidential in nature


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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