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Registered Nurse - Waitaki Community Mental Health Service

Registered Nurse

Waitaki Community Mental Health Service,

Oamaru, Waitaki


  • Permanent - 1.0 FTE, 40 hours per week
  • No traffic jams / Affordable housing / Competitive salary + discounted health insurance
  • Join a team dedicated to helping consumers return to the community


Are you looking for a change of pace working in a community setting in a small town situated in the middle of everything?


Mō te Tīma / About the Team

The Waitaki Community Mental Health Service is Multi-Disciplinary Team that services the North Otago District based in Oamaru a 75 minute drive north of Dunedin. It provides support to Child and Youth, Alcohol and Drug, Adult and Elderly services. It also provides an after-hours on call crisis service.


Mō te tūranga | About the role / Mōu ake | About you

We have an opportunity for a suitably qualified Registered Nurse either with experience of working with patients with mental illness or with an interest in developing this in a community setting to join our team. 


This is an exciting opportunity to work in a well-established team that works collaboratively within the rural community and are responsible for delivering services to people with moderate to severe mental illness in North Otago (pop. 23,000).


To be successful in this position, you will need to demonstrate the following:

  • Current Registered Nurse with a current APC and a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health
  • Ideally you will have experience in working within a mental health sector, however consideration will be given if you have an interest in this area
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to build relationships and rapport with a diverse range of people.
  • You will be required to work as a Duly Authorised Officer under the Mental Health Act (training provided if necessary) and participate on the after-hours on-call roster for the Waitaki Community Mental Health Team.
  • You must also be eligible to live and work in New Zealand and hold a current NZ Drivers licence.


Painga | Benefits

  • Beautiful coastlines and a family-friendly community.
  • Continuous support for career development.
  • Discounted health insurance.
  • Access to a range of retail discounts and Employee Assistance Programme (EAP).


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.


Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern region offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education and outstanding recreational opportunities. Whether it is surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Why don’t you check out for what the region and we can offer you and your whanau.


Mō te tauwāhi / The Location

In Oamaru, there are benefits of being between both Canterbury and Otago so you can enjoy the great community right on your doorstep.  Being the largest town in the Waitaki District and home to Steampunk HQ, it has a rich history and proud heritage. The beautiful Victorian Precinct attracts locals and tourist alike, with a lively atmosphere you will find, shops, galleries and traditional crafts set in Victorian streetscapes and 19th century architecture.


Across the district you'll have easy access to lakes and the sea, and in the winter some of the country's best skifields are an easy drive away. It might be a long way from the maddening rush of Auckland, but this is real New Zealand, where you'll experience life like a true local.


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Rā mōnehu |Closing Date:  Tuesday 04 October 2022

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 Caroline Godfrey, 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)
  • COVID-19 vaccination





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