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Position Title: Health Services Assistant
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 0.5 FTE / 20 hours per week
Date Posted: 28/05/2019
Application Closing Date: 16/06/2019 11PM
Job #: 058767
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Health Services Assistant - Intellectual Disability Services (Medium Secure Unit)
Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Fixed Term up to 26 April 2020
  • Two part-time positions - 0.5 FTE (20 hours per week)

About the Southern DHB
We are responsible for planning, funding and providing health and disability services to a population of over 315,000 located South of the Waitaki River. Our catchment area encompasses Invercargill City, Queenstown - Lakes District, Gore, rural Southland, Clutha, Central Otago, Maniototo, Waitaki District and Dunedin City. This means Southern DHB serves the largest geographic region of all New Zealand's Health Boards.

The Southern district offers the benefits of excellent amenities, first class primary through to tertiary education, affordable housing and outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it’s surfing, kayaking or sailing; skiing, hunting or fishing; theatre, live-music or art – there’s literally something for everyone. Check out for what the region, and we, can offer you and your whanau.

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.

Ward 10a is a medium secure 12 bed Inpatient Service for intellectually disabled clients, aged 17 to 65 years, whom require assessment and treatment under the Mental Health Act, or are subject to the criminal justice system via the Intellectual Disability Compulsory Care and Rehabilitation Act 2003. 

About You
Do you have an interest in making a real difference in the lives of others within the mental health sector? 

Our Health Service Assistants are key team members who assist our Nursing and Allied Health staff to ensure an effective and efficient service. As an Assistant working in Mental Health you’ll need to have a positive attitude and good communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of the team. Computer literacy is essential and experience working with people in the health sector is an advantage.

Our ideal applicant will be confident in providing support and assisting patients; display initiative; be patient focussed at all times, and be able to adapt to a changing environment. 

We look forward to hearing from you if you feel that you meet the criteria in the attached position description.

Closing Date: Sunday 16 June, 2019

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, Phone (03) 214 5769 or Email

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