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Position Title: Mental Health Professional – Youth Forensic
Location: Otago
FTE (Hours): 1.0 FTE - 40 hours per week
Date Posted: 12/02/2021
Application Closing Date: 05/03/2021 11PM
Job #: 063974

Mental Health Professional – Youth Forensic
Youth Speciality Services - Dunedin CBD

  • Permanent, full time (40 hours/week)
  • Make a real difference 
  • Variety in your work

About the Team
The Youth Forensic Team is a specialised service providing support for youth who are engaged in offending behaviours within the juvenile justice system and who are also experiencing emotional and/or mental health disorders

About the Role / About You
Are you a confident and effective communicator, truly passionate about your work and hold an unwavering belief in people’s recovery?

We have available, a permanent full time role based in Dunedin but with a requirement of district wide travel.  This role for an experienced Mental Health professional (Registered Nurse, Social Worker, Occupational therapist or Clinical Psychologist) working within our district wide mobile Youth Forensic service. You will provide an effective, efficient service for youth who are engaged in offending behaviours within the juvenile justice system and who are also experiencing emotional and/or mental health disorders.

To be successful in this role you will:

  • Advocate for forensic youth, focusing on their optimum care and resilience
  • Undertake a comprehensive assessment and provide treatment advice alongside consultation with the multidisciplinary youth forensic team
  • Provide referral of the youth for any potentially unmet need identified
  • Support the youth court processes locally and in other rural centres to ensure effective liaison and developed professional relationships across the district  

There is a degree of working autonomously with this role, but you must also to be an active team member, alongside providing consultation support to the Child, Adolescent and Family Service Team based on the Southland site. A current full drivers’ licence is required, as a component of the position is working in the community covering required need in Invercargill, Queenstown and other rural areas. 

We provide good orientation to our roles and will support your on-going professional development needs.

So, if you want to make a difference, possess a positive attitude, a strong sense of self-awareness and personal resilience, and relish working in the field of Youth Forensics, then we encourage you to apply.

You must be a Registered Mental Health Professional, with a current APC – and have experience in working within a mental health sector with children, adolescents and their families.

The Location
At the very top of the list of reasons to join us at Southern DHB, is the LIFESTYLE that the Southern region offers. It’s all here - the opportunity to create a fantastic work / life balance is available, right now. You’re able to enjoy excellent amenities, top schooling, along with the most beautiful landscapes in NZ. If you are thinking about relocation now is the time. Whether it is 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.  It’s a great place with a great lifestyle. 

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.

Closing Date: Friday, 5 March 2021
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, Recruitment Advisor – Mental Health 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. 

Click here to view the MHAID Registered Nurse position description

Click here to view the Psychologist position description

Click here to view the Occupational Therapist position description

Click here to view the Social Worker position description

How to Apply  
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