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Clinical Psychologist – Intellectual Disability Service, Community Liaison Team

Wakari Hospital



  • Permanent Position
  • Full-time, 1.0 FTE (40 hours per week)

Here at the Southern DHB the highest possible levels of patient care and service lie at the heart of our mission.  Integral to this is a commitment to creating a high performing organisation with a focus on quality.


About the Team

The Intellectual Disability Service (IDS) is part of the Specialist Mental Health Services based at Wakari Hospital, high above Dunedin with stunning views of the city and ocean. The IDS comprises of three parts, Ward 10a – a 12 bed inpatient service, Helensburgh Cottage – a 4 bed inpatient rehabilitation unit and the Community Liaison Team. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists.


About You / About the Role

Our Intellectual Disability Service based at Wakari Hospital, is looking for a Clinical Psychologist to join the Community Liaison Team. The Community Liaison Team is a pivotal role in the support and rehabilitation of care recipients both in the in-patient ward and in the community.


You will require good time management skills to enable your assessment, planning, and delivery of effective clinical psychology interventions for patients. You will also be actively involved in individual and group therapies. Ensuring the continued wellbeing of your clients will see you liaising extensively with other clinical psychologists within the organisation.


You will have a sound knowledge of clinical psychology assessment and interventions, with relevance to intellectual disability as well as mental health. Your communication skills will be of the highest standard allowing you to relate to the clients, their families, and other health professionals while providing clear, appropriate communication when presenting and discussing clinical information. You should also be open to different ways of working and thinking outside the box in order to achieve positive outcomes. The clinical psychologist role is an integral and valued member of a multidisciplinary team providing patient-centred interventions.


The Location

The Southern region of New Zealand offers excellent amenities, schooling and recreation. We’re home to the most beautiful landscapes in NZ, if it’s the great outdoors that presses your buttons; and we’re within easy reach of Queenstown if its adrenalin you seek. It’s all here waiting - the opportunity to create a fantastic work / life balance is within your reach.


To be eligible for consideration you must be a Registered Clinical Psychologist with the NZ Psychologist’s Board, hold a current practising certificate and NZ driver licence.


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Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the APEX Allied Scientific and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement and falls between Step 1 $83,708 and Step 6 $105,451 (Pro rata) of the Degree-Based Allied, Public Health and Technical scale.


Closing Date: Thursday, 1st of August 2024

Due to the fast-paced nature of the DHB, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Don’t delay, make sure you apply as soon as possible.


For further information please contact Recruitment – Email


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)

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