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Registered Nurse

Registered Nurse  

Central Lakes Community Mental Health Team

Dunstan or Central Otago area

Salary Band – $64,291 - $88,757 p.a prorata + Kiwisaver


  • Permanent part-time position - 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week)
  • Work in beautiful Central Otago and join us as we change the future of healthcare in Southern NZ
  • Great Nursing professional development + exceptional MDT + opportunity to make a difference


It’s not every day an opportunity comes up to experience a different lifestyle in gorgeous Central Otago and keep doing what you’ve trained for and with the flexibility to base yourself in either Dunstan or the greater Central Otago area.


Mō te tūranga | About the role

Our Central Lakes Community Mental Health Team is looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Registered Nurse with experience in Mental Health to join our busy team.  Ideally you will be based in Dunstan however there is some flexibility to be based in the wider Central Otago area while working across the Central Lakes region.  You will be working with people (and their families) with moderate to severe mental health issues providing assessment, intervention/therapy and transition planning skills for adult consumers.


We’re passionate about our work and hold an unwavering belief in client recovery.  We offer a pleasant working environment, good resources, training opportunities, and supportive management.  The fantastic Southern lifestyle awaits you, with easy access to the many attractions and opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors all on your doorstep. 


Mōu ake | About you

You will be a New Zealand Registered Nurse with a current annual practicing certificate with a scope that allows you to practice in mental health.  You will be required to obtain Duly Authorised Officer status within the first 3-6 months of employment and participate on an after-hours on call roster (this carries additional remuneration pro-rata).  This 0.5 FTE position carries a maximum of 5 after hours on call shifts per month.  A current, full driver’s licence is essential. 


You will have previously demonstrated a commitment to best practice standards and your model of practice will be inclusive of the seven Real Skills of Let’s get real (  You will also hold a strong sense of ‘self’, a positive ‘can do’ attitude and a commitment to working cohesively in a dynamic multidisciplinary team that supports people from a large geographical area.


Our ideal candidate will have:

  • An ability to work with a wide range of people with moderate to severe mental health issues
  • Excellent assessment, intervention/therapy and transition planning skills for adult consumers
  • An ability to work under pressure as a team player committed to excellence in service delivery
  • Flexibility


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Painga | Benefits

  • Beautiful scenery and activity galore
  • Continuous support for career development
  • Discounted health insurance, access to discounted staff holiday accommodation and a range of retail discounts


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.


Tauwāhi | Location

Now is also a great time to relocate to Southern if you were considering a move. The Southern district 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.


Queenstown, it doesn’t need much introduction - renowned for adventure sports, is also a base for exploring the region’s vineyards and historic mining towns. Known for its outdoorsy lifestyle and adventure pursuits Queenstown is vibrant, buzzing with nightlife, live music, restaurants and cafes, a place where you can get away from the drawbacks of city living without losing that lifestyle completely.  You’ll find hiking and cycling trails; be assured, there’s plenty to keep you busy, whatever you’re interested in.


Utu whānui | Salary range

This role belongs to the DHBs/NZNO Collective Agreement and falls between the Step 2 ($62,291 p.a) and Step 8 ($88,757 p.a prorata)


Rā mōnehu | Closing Date:  Wednesday 30 November 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 vaccination requirements

New employees of Te Whatu Ora Southern will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, which includes two doses and a booster dose of an approved vaccine. If you are unable to receive a COVID-19 vaccine or booster for any reason, please indicate this in your cover letter so we can discuss this with you further and establish if you meet any criteria for an exemption.

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