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Position Title: Social Worker or Clinical Psychologist - Waitaki Community Mental Health Team
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Permanent Full time (40hours/per week)
Date Posted: 12/02/2020
Application Closing Date: 22/03/2020 11PM
Job #: 059397

Social Worker or Clinical Psychologist

Waitaki Community Mental Health Team


  • Permanent, Full-time  (40 hours per week)
  • Looking for a change of pace
  • No traffic jams / Affordable housing


About the Team

The Waitaki Community Mental Health Service is Multi-Disciplinary Team that service the North Otago District, based in Oamaru located 75 minutes 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.


About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Social Worker or Clinical Psychologist to work in a well-established team responsible for delivering services to people with moderate to severe mental illness in North Otago (pop. 23,000). The successful applicant 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.


About You

Within this position you will be responsible for triaging and assessing patients who present with suspected mental illness. This includes both face to face and telephone assessments. The role also includes case management and crisis work.

You will bring to this role previous experience in a mental health setting and have excellent communication and time management skills. The successful applicant will need to demonstrate that they are a team player and are fully commitment to providing quality care to the patients and their families of the service. Other attributes required include exceptional communication skills and the ability to meet the demands of a busy workload.

To be considered for the role you will have a current, clean drivers license; and you will either have social work registration with the New Zealand Social Work Registration Board (SWRB), or you will be able to gain this registration within 3 months of appointment or if you are a Clinical Psychologist you need to be registered with the NZ Psychologists Board, with a Clinical Psychologist scope and hold a current Annual Practising Certificate.


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.

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 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.


Position Descriptions:

Social Worker 

Clinical Psychologist 


Closing Date: Sunday 22 March, 2020. Please note that we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and could withdraw the advertising at any time.

For further information please contact Caroline Godfrey, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health, Addiction and Intellectual Disability Directorate (MHAID), Phone (03) 214 5769 or Email


Children’s Act 2014

Due to this position having contact with children and the SDHB’s commitment to child protection, you will be subject to ‘safety checks’ under the Children’s Act at the time of hire and thereafter as per the relevant legislation.

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