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Position Title: Registered Nurses – Intellectual Disability Service (Medium Secure Unit)
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Full and part time - up to 1.0 FTE
Date Posted: 05/06/2019
Application Closing Date: 30/06/2019 11PM
Job #: 057928
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Registered Nurses – Intellectual Disability Service (Medium Secure Unit) 
Wakari Hospital, Dunedin

  • Permanent, full-time and part-time positions 1.0FTE (40 hours per week)
  • Easy commute 
  • Affordable lifestyle

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.

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. You will work alongside the multidisciplinary team comprising of Registered Nurses, Enrolled Nurses, Mental Health Assistants, Occupational Therapists, Psychologists and Psychiatrists. 

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 / About the Role
We are looking for experienced Intellectual Disability, Mental Health or Comprehensive Registered Nurses to join our supportive multidisciplinary team. 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 exceptional communication skills, you will also have a passion for supporting people from admission to discharge.

This is an excellent opportunity to develop your clinical skills on a shift by shift basis. You will be working alongside patients in a complex environment to meet their identified needs in a multi-disciplinary setting. The emphasis is on the delivery of safe client focused care in an ever changing dynamic setting.

The role encompasses the acute care of patients recently admitted as well as the continuing care and rehabilitation of patients with complex needs. You will work closely with the Charge Nurse Manager, Associate Charge Nurse and the Clinical Nurse Specialist.

The Location 
If you’re not from Dunedin then perhaps you don’t know just how good we have it here! With excellent amenities, schooling – primary through to Otago University, housing, recreation, great food and wine, outstanding nature, and an amazing variety of climates and locations from coastal to mountain. Some people call it the ends of the earth, but we think it’s ‘the last best place’, so at the top of our list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB is ‘the lifestyle’. Check out for what the region, and we, can offer you and your whanau.

If you are from Dunedin then we simply don’t need to sell it to you, you already know why you’re here!

All employees of the Southern District Health Board working with in Mental Health and Addiction Services are expected to demonstrate a commitment to “The Seven Real Skills” (Te Pou Workforce Development, see

Please note that we are only able to consider your application if you:

  • are currently Registered or can obtain registration with the New Zealand Nursing Council and have a current APC
  • hold a scope of practice that allows you to work in Mental Health or Intellectual Disabilities, more information can be found at
  • have current eligibility (citizenship, residency or work visa) to live and work in New Zealand

Closing Date: Sunday 30 June, 2019 

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

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