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Psychologist/Occupational Therapist

Psychologist/Occupational Therapist – Youth Specialty Service


Salary range - $77,478  and Step 10 $111,719 + Kiwisaver


  • Permanent, full-time position


Mō te tūranga | About the role

This exciting new role is for a psychologist or Occupational Therapist who can fulfil the role of mental health liaison clinician between the Child and Adolescent Specialist Mental Health team which includes CAFMH and YSS and the Oranga Tamariki residential care facility, Puketai.  You will also be an active member of the YSS team whilst providing specialist mental health advice, treatment and assessment to support meeting the mental health and addiction needs of Puketai residents who are experiencing moderate to severe mental health and addiction concerns.

You will be involved in the Development of therapeutic programmes (individual and group based) to address help support the mental health and addiction needs of Puketai residents and help provide mental health education and consultation for the staff at Puketai.



Mōu ake | About you

You'll 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, experiencing moderate to severe mental health difficulties.

If you want to make a difference, possess a positive attitude, a strong sense of self-awareness and personal resilience, and relish working in the field of Youth Specialty Services, then we encourage you to apply.

To be considered you must be a registered with the NZ Psychologists Board with a Clinical Psychologist scope and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate or an an Occupational Therapist. A current NZ drivers licence will also be required.


Please note that other Psychologist opportunities at Te Whatu Ora Southern are also available, for details please visit our website


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See Mental Health Professional position description.


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 role belongs to the Allied, Public Health, Scientific, and Technical Multi-Employer Collective Agreement (Expires June 2023) and falls between Step 1 ($77,478 p.a) and Step 10 ($111,719 p.a).


Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  Thursday, 9th May 2024

Due to the fast-paced nature of what we do, our vacancy close dates may be subject to change. Do not 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, 


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)



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