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Registered Nurse - Prison Liaison Nurse

Registered Nurse - Prison Liaison

Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

Salary Band - $81,683 to $106,739 pa pro-rata + KiwiSaver 


  • Join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Rare and exciting opportunity
  • Permanent, full time position
  • No long commute, no traffic jams, free onsite parking……it all starts here…. 


Mō te tūranga | About the role


Community Forensic Team based at Wakari Hospital comprises of an MDT that provides mental health services to the local prisons, district courts and a small community caseload.


The role comprises working with people with a known or suspected mental health illness referred from a prison setting for assessment and and/or treatment.   The role includes working with patients in the community and providing a liaison service to

other Mental Health Services, the Courts and Correction Services.   You will actively contribute as a functional and committed member of the multi-disciplinary team.


We are looking for an experienced Mental Health or Comprehensive Nurse to join our supportive multi-disciplinary team.   Ideally you have experience working in a forensic setting.   You will be an enthusiastic Registered Nurse with a range of skills

and the ability to work effectively with a large team to a high standard of practice.  To be successful in this role you must be positive with expectional communication skills, you will also  have a passion for supporting people with mental illness.


If you want to make a difference, possess a positive attitude, a strong sense of self-awareness and personal reslience and relish working in an autonomous role, then we encourage you to apply.


If this sounds like the change you are looking for, enquire further.  


So, if you want to make a difference and hold a positive attitude to your work and others, and you're ready to experience all the wonderful side benefits of living and working in Dunedin (if you don't already), then we encourage you to apply.


We provide an excellent orientation to our positions and will happily support your ongoing professional development needs. 


See position description.


Mōu ake | About You

  • You must be a New Zealand Registered Nurse, with a current APC and mental health sector experience or an interest in Mental Health.
  • Hold current NZ registration and an APC
  • Hold a full drivers licence 


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: 03 May 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.


Utu whānui |Salary range

This role belongs to the NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between the Step 2 ($81,683 p.a) and Step 7 ($106,739 p.a prorata) of the Registered Nurse scale


Tono ināianei | Apply now

We only accept online applications. Please apply via our website: 

For further information please contact Mikayla Hamilton, 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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