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Position Title: Mental Health Professional – Specialist Addiction Services (Central Lakes Community Mental Health, Frankton)
Location: Southland
FTE (Hours): Permanent Full time (40hours/week)
Date Posted: 24/07/2020
Application Closing Date: 07/08/2020 11PM
Job #: 063591


Mental Health Professional – Specialist Addiction Services 

Central Lakes Community Mental Health, Frankton

  • Exciting new opportunity in beautiful Central Otago
  • Permanent, fulltime (1.0FTE, 40 hours per week)


Do you have a positive/can do outlook, a genuine interest and previous experience working with clients with substance use issues?  Then come and join our collaborative and friendly team at the Specialist Addiction Service (SAS), based in the Community Mental health team on the Frankton Hospital grounds in Frankton, Queenstown. Whilst this position is based at Lakes Hospital, there may be a requirement for you to work out of Dunstan Hospital should the need arise from time to time.


About the Role

As part of this dedicated team you’ll have your own small case load of clients on Opioid Substitution Treatment (OST) meaning your days will be busy and varied. You will also provide 1-1 assessment and counselling for clients with other substance use problems. You’ll have regular contact with other DHB Health Services, and NGO’s, so you must be an excellent communicator who is adept at interacting with your clients, colleagues and external organisations, always striving to ensure the best results. This position some involves driving to the various towns in the district, providing clinics in shared community facilities.

This role includes being part of the Local Community Mental Health Team on call roster approximately two evenings per week and sometimes weekends on call. The person accepted for this position will work towards becoming Duly Authorised Officer administering the Mental Health Act.


About You

You will bring to this role a solid understanding of addiction issues and experience in working with clients with co-existing-problems (CEP) and you’ll be able to demonstrate strength in screening, assessment, brief intervention, and clear decision making skills. Desirable skills and experience relate to mental health and physical health assessment.

In addition to the addiction specific role this role includes participation in the After Hours Mental Health on-call roster. Experience working in a mental health setting is preferred. It is expected that you will work towards becoming a Duly Authorised officer of the Mental Health (Compulsory Assessment and Treatment) act (1992).  A Registered Nurse is preferred for this position but applications from other suitably qualified Allied Health professionals will be considered.

You’ll be an innovative thinker who can look for the opportunities to further develop the role.  So if the prospect of working with other dedicated clinicians excites you, and you’re a real team player, happy to use your initiative and embrace change, then apply now!

You will be a Registered Mental Health Professional (Registered Nurse, Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, or DAPAANZ registered clinician. It is desirable that you hold relevant post graduate qualifications. You will also require a full NZ drivers licence.


Why Us

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, outstanding recreational opportunities.  Whether it is 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.


Position Descriptions

Registered Nurse

Occupational Therapist

Social Worker

DAPAANZ registered clinician



Closing Date:  11pm Friday 7th August 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, Phone: (03) 214 5749 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.

Pre-Employment Occupational Health Assessment

In the interests of protecting our people and our patients, all appointments will be subject to an Occupational Health Assessment to confirm suitability and fitness to work in the role you are being considered for

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