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Position Title: General Manager Mental Health & Addictions and Intellectual Disability
Location: Otago/Southland
FTE (Hours): 1.0FTE (40 hours per week)
Date Posted: 09/07/2017
Application Closing Date: 23/07/2017 11PM
Job #: GMMH17
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General Manager - Mental Health & Addictions and Intellectual Disability

  • Do you want to make a real difference to the shape of Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability Services
  • SouthernDHB is in transformation mode
  • New opportunity to make your mark in an old organisation wanting to change its ways

Here at Southern DHB, we’re undergoing significant transformation, as we work towards the goal of becoming a clinically and financially sustainable organisation, supported by our communities.  We’re working very hard on clinical, quality, and business improvement, strengthened financial performance and prioritising the development of our organisational culture through extensive consultation with staff and our communities – with the aim of making Southern DHB not only a great place to work, but to become an employer of choice where our staff are valued and empowered and we can truly make a difference as we work towards a more patient-centred system.

To support the above, a revised upper level structure is being embedded, to better align the goals and aims of the organisation.  We’re creating an invigorated and renewed leadership group, realigning decision making and accountability, providing clarity and appropriate authority, and a more even balance of responsibilities across the Southern district.

In order to achieve this, we’re committed to putting the right people in place to work towards achieving our targets, and a brilliant opportunity exists to lead our dynamic Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability teams as General Manager.  This role works in partnership with the Medical Director, Director of Nursing and Director of Allied Health, and most importantly with the Mental Health Network– allowing a dedicated focus on Mental Health, Addictions and Intellectual Disability at Southern DHB.   The role reports to the newly created position of Executive Director Specialist Services (also currently being advertised).

Breathing life into the position description are key descriptors such as strategic, leading, operational, managing, contemporary, high quality, networking, district wide perspective and placing decision making processes close to where care happens.

A key accountability of this role is ensuring that the Mental Health Network/Alliance is empowered to fully implement ‘Raise Hope’, including the rebalancing of the investment across specialist and primary/community mental health services.  Networking and building strong alliances outside the DHB  are key to moving forward, and will be crucial for an outcome that is an efficient, effective and safe service, with the added challenge of delivering this within the allocated resources of time, people and money.  In essence we need someone who will be able to make 1 + 1 = 3 as we try to innovate and grow the services within available resourcing constraints.

Is the role challenging?  Absolutely!   But the appetite for getting things right at Southern DHB is strong and we seek applications from appropriately experienced, qualified and talented individuals who are looking to further their career with an invigorated organisation that is setting a new direction. 

Applications close:   Sunday 23 July 2017

For a confidential discussion please contact Jayne Jepson, Recruitment Manager, ph 027 583 4138 or email

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