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Position Title: Experienced Clinical Psychologists/Psychologists/Psychotherapists
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): Permanent Part time (20hours/per week)
Date Posted: 13/02/2020
Application Closing Date: 01/03/2020 11PM
Job #: 059856

Experienced Clinical Psychologists/Psychologists/Psychotherapists

Cancer Psychosocial Support Services, Southern Blood and Cancer Service

  • 2 x Part time permanent vacancies  
  • Position based in either Otago or Southland (District wide) 0.6FTE (24 hours per week)
  • Position based in Central Otago 0.5FTE (20 hours per week)


Our Cancer Psychological and Social Work Support team at Southern District Health Board is looking for experienced Clinical Psychologists/Psychologists/Psychotherapists to join our multi-disciplinary team on a permanent, part-time basis.  


About the Team/Service

The Southern Blood & Cancer Service psychosocial support team works collaboratively across the Otago & Southland region to provide psychosocial support to patients with a cancer diagnosis who are engaged in cancer treatments as well as providing support to people with a high suspicion of cancer at the front of the pathway with complex psychological and social need. This later focus is part of a Ministry of Health initiative which commenced throughout NZ in 2015.


About the Role – what’s in it for me?

The overall objective of these roles is to provide psychological support with a brief intervention focus for patients with cancer or suspected cancer by delivering evidence based assessment and interventions.

These roles are part of an initiative to improve access to psychological and social support services for adults with cancer. It is a rare and very exciting opportunity to be part of the team that continues to develop the Psychological and Social Support team as per MOH specifications, and guidelines, goals and philosophies of the Southern Cancer Network.

The Psychologists/Psychotherapists will not only work in close collaboration with the Southern Blood & Cancer psycho-social team but will also work closely with other health professionals, organisations and stakeholders, including primary care practitioners and non-government organisations who have a supportive care function locally and regionally.


We are looking to appoint into these roles on a regional basis:

  • The 0.6FTE role is to be based in either Otago or Southland. The successful candidate will need to have the flexibility to undertake travel as necessary to support both regions
  • The 0.5FTE role is to be based in Central Otago supporting the region


About You

Candidates should be knowledgeable and experienced in working with complex needs clients and able to demonstrate excellent assessment, formulation, treatment planning and therapy skills.  You should be experienced in working in the health sector, preferably with people with cancer. You will be a confident and effective communicator, bring a flexible approach with excellent organisational skills, be passionate about your work and hold an unwavering belief in people’s resilience in the face of these often-unfavourable life crises. You will also be a strong supportive team player and be proactive in the multidisciplinary team.  You will also be required to travel to see clients in the wider region.

Candidates must have the required professional qualification to be able to be registered and hold an annual practising certificate in the profession of Clinical Psychology/Psychology and/or Psychotherapy and will ideally have a minimum of 3 years’ experience.


About Southern DHB

Southern DHB has the largest regional coverage of all the New Zealand health boards, providing services to 350,000 people in diverse communities across a huge geographical area. 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.

Now is 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, affordable housing 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.


If this sounds like the opportunity you have been waiting for, please apply now and be clear in your covering letter which region/s you would like to be considered for.


Position Descriptions links:

Clinical Psychologist or Psychologist




Closing Date: Sunday, 1 March 2020

Please note we may begin shortlisting as we receive applications and if necessary withdraw the advertising at any time. If you are interested in this position, please do not delay! For further information, please contact Karen Cope, Recruitment Advisor – Medical Directorate. Phone: (03) 470 9605 or Email:


Children’s Act 2014

Due to these positions 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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