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Position Title: Kaihautū Oranga Hinengaro
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): Permanent Full time (40hours/per week)
Date Posted: 03/09/2019
Application Closing Date: 23/09/2019 11PM
Job #: 059520
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Kaihautū Oranga Hinengaro position

Southern DHB secondary care Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services

SDHB Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Services (MHAID)

District Wide

  • Fulltime permanent role
  • Exciting new District wide role
  • Based in either Dunedin or Invercargill

About the Teams

The secondary care Kaupapa Māori Mental Health service has two teams; Te Oranga Tonu Tanga is based at Wakari Hospital, Dunedin and Te Korowai Hou Ora is based at Southland Hospital, Invercargill.  Teams comprise of Registered Nurses, Kaioranga/Cultural Worker positions, a Kaumatua position (based at Southland Hospital) and a Māori Mental Health Needs Assessor (based at Wakari Hospital). 

The services provide clinical and cultural expertise to support tangata whaiora and whānau who experience moderate to severe mental illness.  Staff report directly to the relevant MHAID Charge Nurse/Unit Manager in their place of work for the day to day activities and responsibilities with oversight of services provided by the Kaihautū Oranga Hinengaro.

About the Role

The Kaihautū Oranga Hinengaro is a new position that will provide cultural expertise, support and oversight for the secondary based Kaupapa Māori Mental Health Services of Te Oranga Tonu Tanga and Te Korowai Hou Ora.  Cultural expertise and support will be provided for other Southern DHB MHAID services to improve Māori health outcomes and participate in Southern DHB MHAID service level planning and decision making, participate in and/or lead quality improvement initiatives and strengthen relationships with primary care and community NGO providers. 

Based in either Dunedin or Invercargill with the flexibility to travel and stay overnight is essential.  External relationships will be many and include but are not limited to WellSouth Primary Health Network, Community NGO Providers, and Suicide Prevention Service, Corrections Service, Local Rūnaka, and Māori Health providers.

About You

We are seeking a highly motivated registered health professional who is a recognized clinical and/or Māori cultural leader with a minimum of five years’ experience and expertise within the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability sector.  Positive attributes include a knowledge of Tikānga and Te Ao Māori and a proficient speaker of Te Reo Māori.  You will have the ability to work independently and/or as part of a team. You can provide evidence of fostering good relationships, leadership and decision making with the ability to motivate and influence the practice of others.  You will require a full New Zealand driver’s licence. 

About the Southern DHB

Southern District Health Board (Southern DHB) exists to support everyone across our district to live well, and access the right care when they need it, by delivering high quality, patient-centred and equitable health services to our diverse communities.

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 Location

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.

Closing Date: 23rd September 2019

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

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