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Position Title: Mental Health Assistant – Ward 9A Forensic Mental Health
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): Casual
Date Posted: 06/11/2020
Application Closing Date: 22/11/2020 11PM
Job #: 064143
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Casual Mental Health Assistant – Ward 9A Forensic Mental Health

Wakari Hospital

  • Casual, shifts on an “as and when required” basis


About the Team

Based at Wakari Hospital, high on the hills above Dunedin, in a beautiful park like setting. You’ll be working in a secure environment predominantly with patients referred from the courts and/or prison setting for assessment and/or treatment.  Increasingly we provide a rehabilitative role in assisting patients with complex needs to reintegrate into the community.  Every day you get to work with and alongside a dynamic and committed multidisciplinary team.


About the Opportunity

We are looking for a Mental Health Assistant to support and assist our nursing and allied health staff to ensure an effective and efficient service on this Ward within the Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Service.

You’ll need a positive attitude and very good communication skills, be able to take direction and work well as part of team.  Our casual Mental Health Assistant staff can be asked to work a variety of shifts over seven days; mornings (7.30am start), afternoons (3.00pm start) and nights (11.15pm start).

Our ideal applicant will be confident in providing support and assisting patients; be motivated, display initiative, be patient focussed at all times and be able to adapt to a changing, and at times challenging environment. 

We look forward to hearing from you if you feel that you meet the criteria in the attached position description and if working on an ‘as and when required’ basis suits your lifestyle. Applicants should also note that a full driver’s licence is a requirement for this position.


Closing Date: Sunday, 22 November 2020

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.

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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